Exclusive: DJ Drama On T.I.'s Return, "The Homie Had To Take Another Little Hiatus But We're Past That"
Monday, Sep 26, 2011 12:35PM
With T.I. just days away from completing his sentence at a halfway house, SOHH hit up Grand Hustle's DJ Drama to see how it feels to work with the "King of the South" once again.
For Drama, he feels it is time to turn up the temperature with upcoming music from Tip.
"I mean, it's really just back to work," Drama told SOHH about having Tip back in the studio. "You know what I'm saying? Like, that's what we do. So the homie had to take another little hiatus, but you know what I mean, we're past that and getting right to it. It's not like we're sitting down and playing happy camper. This is what we do and it's time to get back to work, making music for the people and giving them what they want to hear. My goal was to keep it hot while he was gone and now that he's here, we've got bigger and better things to accomplish." (SOHH)
A few days ago, Drama chopped it up with New York's Power 105.1 radio host DJ Clue about Tip putting together new records.
"Tip just came home. I was in the studio with him," Drama said. "He's actually about to drop a new song next week." He explained that although Tip is in a halfway home, he's still able to produce music. "He's in a halfway house but when you're in a halfway house you can still get to work. So he's been in the studio during work time and he's banging out. Actually [his time in the halfway house] ends next week. So he'll be in the streets by the B.E.T. Hip Hop Awards." (Power 105.1)
Last week, the "King of the South" was released from an Atlanta prison to complete the remainder of his sentence.
Attorney Steven Sadow told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., was released between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. and will remain at the Dismas Charities Atlanta halfway house until he is freed from federal custody Sept. 29. Sadow said after he is freed, the rapper will have one year of supervised release. He also faces travel restrictions. (Access Atlanta)
Prior to his release, Maybach Music Group's Meek Mill promised to put Tip on his "I'ma Boss" remix.
"If I hold the 'I'ma Boss' remix long enough I might throw Tip on that, have him get out to the hottest song of the year," Meek said in an interview. "He ain't have no problem looking out for me and I don't have no problem doing it for him." In 2008, rumors sprung up that T.I. had signed Meek to his label Grand Hustle, but the co-sign never amounted to an ink stain. Although it's unclear as to why the deal never materialized, Meek says he still salutes the Atlanta giant. "I talked to Tip even when I was with Maybach, he already know my mind frame because me and Tip ended up becoming good friends later on down the line just hanging out with each other." (VIBE)
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