As previously reported by Def Sounds, 50 Cent announced that he would release his first Gangsta Grillz mixtape with DJ Drama titled The Lost Tapes. Now Drama gives some details on the project with 50.
In a recent interview, DJ Drama tells The Boombox that the tape stemmed from him jokingly telling Fif about doing a tape together when the two bumped into each other at SXSW:
“We ran into each other at my party out there. I think I said a joke to him real quick about [doing a Gangsta Grillz tape], like, ‘You playing…,’ because a while ago we were supposed to be doing a G-Unit tape that never happened and we’ve been discussing some things. I was with his man Rene from G-Unit, went backstage after the show and mentioned it to him. But after that we never really spoke.”
Drama adds, the next morning he woke up to multiple phone calls and text messages:
“People were calling, saying 50 went on Twitter and said he ’bout to drop the tape. So I was like, ‘Cool. It’s real.’ It’s good, because him doing that created a lot of anticipation and excitement and I’m looking forward to it.”
As Drama continued, he states:
“It’s just about the right timing and making it happen. I was a fan of 50 and an employee of Shade 45; we were definitely in the family but I guess now is the time. For me, it’s a lot on the line. I think because it’s a Gangsta Grillz [mixtape], because it’s 50′s first, because of what 50 means to mixtapes and because of what I mean to mixtapes. There’s a lot… of ears. A lot of opinions. So I like the challenge, I’m excited for it, and I’m glad it’s getting the attention it’s getting because I’d like to be in the space where n—-s ride to this 50, how they’re supposed to ride to 50.”
There is no official release date set for Gangsta Grillz: The Lost Tapes at this time, but you can expect the tape to drop in late April or May as a prelude to 50 Cent’s upcoming album.