Tyree Cinque Simmons, professionally known as DJ Drama, is an American disc jockey (DJ) and record executive. Born and raised between West Philadelphia and the city’s Germantown sections, Drama moved to Atlanta to attend Clark Atlanta University. A fan of DJ culture since seeing Omar Epps’ character DJ Gee Q on the big screen in classic hip hop film Juice, Drama first stepped behind the ones and twos after copping his very first mix tape- DJ S&S’s Old SchoolPart 2 during a trip to New York City with his older sister as a kid.
He found his calling and knew it. Early on, Drama created a local buzz selling tapes in his high school and naturally brought his hustle with him when he relocated to Atlanta and began peddling mix tapes on campus. Refusing to go down without a fight, the Atlanta-based mix tape messiah brings his street music and struggles with the law to the mainstream with the release of his Grand Hustle/ Atlantic full length album Gangsta Grillz: The Album. DJ Drama currently serves as the A&R for AtlanticRecords.