Tyree Cinque Simmons, professionally known as DJ Drama, is an American DJ & record producer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was first known as the official DJ for Grand Hustle recording artist T.I.. He is best known for hosting mixtapes, most notably his successful "Gangsta Grillz" series. He is also known for doing the Dedication series with American rapper Lil Wayne, with the New York Times calling Dedication 2, one of the "10 best recordings of 2006". DJ Drama along with Don Cannon, DJ Sense founded Aphilliates Music Group in 2003. The Aphilliates Music Group signed a joint venture deal with Asylum Records in 2006. The first artist signed was American rapper Willie the Kid. As of January 2011, The Aphilliates now operates as its own entity, due to DJ Drama recently cutting ties with La the Darkman and Embassy Entertainment. In January 2014, it was announced that DJ Drama was the new A&R for Atlantic Records.