Dogg Pound Nab DJ Drama For Gangsta Grillz Mixtape, Preps New Projects

By Ronnie Gamble  |  05/27/2008

The Dogg PoundWhen you need a buzz for upcoming projects or to keep your name in the streets, the mixtape is the way to go. And who do you go to when trying to create the hottest mixtape possible? DJ Drama.

After revealing he'd be creating a G-Unit edition of his Gangsta Grillz series, Snoop and the Dogg Pound recently told MTV they are up to bat next.

"It's Dogg Pound Gangsta Grizz-ills that we're doing with my boy Drama," Kurupt told MTV, while sitting in Snoop's L.A. offices. "We put it together real proper. Me and Daz just got in the studio and started smashing out on some of the records that we liked. Really a lot from the new records that came out [and] records from a couple years ago. Me and Daz were just talking about it. We went and got Drama. So, you know, we're just really trying to touch on a certain circuit here to show 'em that Tha Dogg Pound, we're still fire, ya heard?"

Drama was just as excited when he got the call as well, revealing he's been a fan of the Dogg Pound since he was a kid and before he was even known as DJ Drama.

"Working with DPG was the truth," said Drama. "[They're] pure veterans in the game! I grew up watching Kurupt, Daz and Snoop destroy the game, so it was an honor to have them part of the legendary Gangsta Grillz brand. It's about time the series came to the West."

"Feds can't stop this!" Daz offered, referring to Drama's legal problems in the past with the RIAA. "I learned a lot from Jermaine Dupri. He does a lot of the mixtapes. Me, I'm an observer. I take the formula, switch it up, crumble it, make it my way, ship it to the next person."

The upcoming mixtape serves as a prelude to a slew of new projects coming from the Dogg Pound camp. Their next is called 100 Wayz, reports MTV, and will feature Swizz Beatz, Krayzie Bone, Hi-Tek and Daz's 10-year-old daughter, Dazmine.

After that, Daz says there's an album coming called West Coast Aftershock, then Kurupt is working on a solo project called N****race Presents: Kurupt The Kingpin, which will be executive-produced by Snoop Dogg, Teddy Riley and DJ Quik.

"You know, we just keep dropping albums. We might make songs, we might make 12 or 13 albums' worth of songs," explained Daz. "It's just hard trying to put them together. You got to make album-cover pictures. ... Digitally, I'll be dropping records. I got a digital distribution company for all young artists, so y'all just hit me up on the computer. Y'all know what time it is. I'll be in your city cooking grits and eating bacon."