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DJs Shaken By DJ Drama’s Arrest, “They Made Them Out To Be Like Mafia Criminals”

Posted By on January 17, 2007

The arrests of DJ Drama and DJ Cannon following a raid on their Gangsta Grillz office in Atlanta have left the DJ community in shock.

As SOHH previously reported, 28-year-old DJ Drama (born Tyree Simmons) and 27-year-old DJ Don Cannon (real name Donald Cannon) were arrested and charged with bootlegging of illegal CDs last night following an RIAA investigation of their "Gangsta Grillz" operation.

The raid on the Castleberry Hill office and the arrests of the two members of the Aphiliates DJ crew, has come as a big surprise to many in the music industry, particularly since Drama works closely with record labels, even recently partnering with Asylum Records on his label the Aphiliates Music Group.

"I know for a fact that major label record companies pay DJ's like Drama to put out mixtapes," one DJ, who asked to be quoted anonymously, told SOHH. "It's always been an unspoken thing. But since this is happening, it will be brought out to the light – so the end result may be positive for mixtape DJ's everywhere."

DJ Drama is perhaps one of the biggest names in the DJ community – with his "Gangsta Grillz" tapes garnering him awards from VIBE Magazine, the Ozone Awards and most recently, Justo's 10th Annual Mixtape Awards – so his arrest has many others in the same line of business feeling nervous.

"We're all just concerned. We have a feeling of unsettlement at the moment. They made them out to be like mafia criminals," commented another mixtape DJ, who was also unwilling to be named.

When asked whether Drama's problems might be tax-related the SOHH source responded, "His business is run too well for it to be something as simple as that. I think someone has a vendetta."

SOHH also reached out to representatives at Grand Hustle, where Drama has a solo deal, and operates as a DJ for rapper T.I. but label reps were unwilling to comment at this time.