AHH 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.