Stray News: DJ Drama, Cypress Hill, Daddy Yankee, 50 Cent

 DJ Drama has inked a long-term deal with T.I.’s Grand Hustle Entertainment and Atlantic Records. DJ Drama served as T.I.’s official DJ on the Jay-Z and Friends Tour as well as Nelly’s Sweat/Suit tour.

Drama, a founding member of Atlanta’s Aphilliates DJ Crew, is brainchild behind the popular mixtape series “Gangsta Grillz.” "To be able to get a major record deal from pushing mixtapes in the streets is a great feeling for me as a DJ," DJ Drama said. "I did it my way, and I am being rewarded greatly for that." DJ Drama, who has worked with artists ranging from Bahamadia to Lil’ Scrappy, was recently named DJ of the Year at the inaugural Dirty Awards in Atlanta in November. The past year was busy for Drama, as he released 16 new editions of the “Gangsta Grillz” series in 2005.

Pioneering Latino Hip-Hop artists Cypress Hill recently dropped a greatest hits compilation titled Greatest Hits from the Bong. The collection is a first-ever English language collection from the group, which cover’s the group’s entire 13-years of recorded history, starting with their 1992 hits “How I Could Just Kill A Man,” “Hand on the Pump” and others. The album also features two brand new songs by the group titled "The Only Way" and "EZ Come EZ Go" and an unreleased Reggaeton mix of the group’s single "Latin Thugs" which features Tego Calderón and was produced by DJ Kazzanova. Cypress Hill has sold over 17 million albums worldwide. Greatest Hits from the Bong is in stores now.

Last week, Daddy Yankee released "Barrio Fino En Directo," a new CD/DVD featuring behind-the-scenes footage, exclusive interviews and live performances by the Reggaetón artist. The release comes on the heels of Daddy Yankee’s double platinum album Barrio Fino. The 16-track CD features live versions of Daddy Yankee’s hits as well as five new tracks. The DVD features over sixty minutes of never-before-seen footage and was directed by Carlos Perez. In related news, Daddy Yankee is starting in and executive producing a new film, "Talento del Barrio," which will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.

50 Cent, Fathammer and Zingy have announced a partnership to develop a mobile game based on 50’s movie, “Get Rich or Die Tryin.’” “A mobile game is the perfect tool to create and expand on the relationship between the audience and a popular film," Matti Airas, CEO of Fathammer said. "We're excited to bring the powerful storyline of “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” to life with interactivity and amazing game play." The mobile game will allow players to play the role of 50 Cent, as he leaves his past behind in an attempt to conquer the legitimate world of the music industry. The game is expected to be available in Jan. of 2006.

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