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Founding Member of The Aphilliates Named Mixtape DJ of The Year

ATLANTA (PRWEB) October 7, 2005 -- The reigning mixtape king of the South was honored by his peers and fellow industry tastemakers last week during the 7th Annual MixShow Power Summit in Freeport, Bahamas.

In an award ceremony on Thursday, September 29, 2005, DJ Drama was named Mixtape DJ of the Year. Presented to the most influential and innovative DJ, the category was dedicated to Justo Faison, founder of the original Mixtape Awards, who is heavily credited with making the mixtape game what it is today.

Presented by DJ Clue, the competition for the Mixtape DJ of the Year award was certainly a close one this year, as all five nominees are internationally known and respected. Drama beat out DJs Big Mike, Green Lantern, Kay Slay and Whoo Kid for the honor, and was the only Southern mixtape DJ nominated. It was a great look, says Drama, It felt good to be handed an award by DJ Clue, who I grew up listening to and studying! I was very honored and grateful for the recognition.

And what better year for Drama to receive this accolade than 2005? To date, hes dropped sixteen new mixtapes and two Chopped n Screwed remixes this year. Starting with Young Jeezys now legendary Trap or Die mixtape, with 300,000 copies distributed, Drama has consistently hit the streets with some of the hottest mixtape releases of 05. Gangsta Grillz: Dedication, hosted by Lil Wayne has become a Certified Street Classic. The Chopped n Screwed version of the same title, remixed by Paul Wall, was released only a couple of months later to equal success. In July, Gangsta Grillz: Boss Basics, hosted by Slim Thug may have served as one of the best promotional tools for the artists debut album, with 25,000 units pressed. Dramas latest offering, The Ultimate Hustler Mixtape hosted by Dame Dash was released this week, coinciding with the premier of Dashs BET reality show of the same name.

A founding member of Atlantas premier DJ family, The Aphilliates, DJ Drama has rapidly become one of the most sought after DJs in the country. His Gangsta Grillz series is a coveted promotional opportunity for any artist seeking to strength their fan base in the streets, and is recognized by the industry as one of the premier sources for the Souths best new talent. Past hosts include established artists like 8Ball & MJG, Big Boi, Bun B, David Banner and Diddy; and newcomers Stat Quo, Smitty, P$C and Slick Pulla. In addition to a busy touring schedule with T.I. & P$C, DJ Drama can be heard alongside his Aphilliates brethren Friday nights on Sirius Satellite Radio station Shade 45 from 8-10pm, hosting The Streetz Iz Watchin and on Saturday nights from 8-10pm, when Gangsta Grillz Radio takes over Atlantas Hot 107.9 (WHTA-FM). Drama is also preparing for the release of the Gangsta Grillz DVD and Gangsta Grillz The Album.

Orlando R. McGhee
The Aphilliates
(404) 524-1266

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