DJ DRAMA JOINS ATLANTIC RECORDS A&R TEAM
Atlantic Records announced today that acclaimed hip-hop artist DJ Drama has joined the company’s A&R staff. In addition to his day-to-day A&R duties, including the discovery of new artists and overseeing recording projects, he will contribute to the artist development process for existing talent on the Atlantic roster. Based in Atlanta, Drama was named “DJ Of The Year” at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards.
“I’m extremely excited to embark on this new chapter in my relationship with Atlantic Records,” said Drama. “My first two albums as an artist were on Atlantic, and I’m now looking forward to working with Craig and Julie in a new capacity, helping them break the label’s next crop of amazing talent.”
Arrested Development Celebrates 20 Years & Still On A Mission –
August 6, 2012 – A Free Album And A Feature on TV One’s UnSung
(July 25, 2012 – Atlanta, GA) – It’s been exactly 20 years since Arrested Development (AD) bursted upon the scene with a trailblazing debut album, “3 years, 5 months & 2 days in the life of…” – Hip-Hop music mixed with soul, blues and funk. The group coined their style “Life Music,” music that would win 2 Grammy awards in 1993 for Best Rap Single (Tennessee) and the coveted ‘Best New Artist’, which AD is the first and last in the Hip-Hop genre to win. NAACP & Don Cornelius’ Soul Train awarded them as well with Rolling Stone Magazine crowning AD Band of the Year and VH-1 named AD one of the Greatest Hip-Hop Artists of All Time.
True legends in the game, they opened the doors for groups like – The Fugees, Goodie Mob, OutKast, Erykah Badu, India Irie, The Roots & Black Eyed Peas encompassing a mix of men and women with consciousness, melody & live musicality. There was a time when rappers weren’t accepted singing. It could be argued that without Dionne Farris’ soaring vocals on Tennessee, would the world have received the young Lauryn Hill crooning on hip-hop songs like “Killing Me Softly”?