Three months after DJ Drama’s office was raided by the RIAA and the Georgia Police, when 81,000 CDs were confiscated as evidence, along with cash and cars, the DJ has spoken out.
The DJ, who was done for illegally putting out mixtapes, a staple of the rap world which brought about the rise of 50 Cent, The Game and Jay Z, said:
“A lot of the impact is still up in the air because people are waiting to see what comes of our situation. But, I try to look at everything in a positive manner. The mixtape game needs to change for the better. People need to learn from this…
I’ve heard the ‘mixtape martyr’ term, but I don’t go backward, I go forward. Not just where does DJ Drama go, but where does the mixtape game go from here? People need to realize how important mixtapes are to hip-hop and the music business. Just look at the careers of people like 50 Cent, Young Jeezy, DJ Clue, and Jay-Z. There are people in very powerful industry positions that owe a lot to mixtapes.”
A lot has been made of the confiscation and some reports state it stems from his not putting his address on the CDs, though he claimed it was just something he never did.