DJ Drama has announced that he will be auctioning off his Gangsta Grillz Platinum plate.
In collaboration with KIRPAa brand new digital auction house specializing in memorabilia from Hip Hop culture icons (one of the platform’s first auctions featured EPMD’s legendary 10-piece memorabilia collection), the pioneering DJ puts one of his most prized possessions up for sale.
Expressing his excitement for the auction, DJ Drama believes the global influence of Hip Hop culture made this moment possible.
“I chose to do this auction with KIRPA because when I was approached about it, and really put it into perspective, I realized what a brilliant idea it was. and how important our culture is to the world. Black culture in general is America’s greatest import to the world. Then when we talk about hip-hop, the prominence of hip-hop over the past 50 years has changed our world, brought us together in many ways,” Drama said. HipHopDX.
“You have a generation of people of other colors who are not of African American descent who grew up with this music, who because of it see the world in a different way. There are elements and pieces of history that so many of us have owned or that you know, just like in other genres of music, mean something,” he continued. “Hip-hop is the same, and was, and should be respected that way, and I saw the genius in the idea and the concept and I feel like I’d be a fool not to participate and be able to share with the world. some of the things that have meant so much to me in my career.
Other auctions by KIRPA include Twista’s custom collection “which boasts various awards, jewelry and apparel” from her storied career.
“I’m just in the whole vibe. When I was told about it, I lit up and just wanted to be a part of it,” Twista said of the auction. “And even if I do that part, I can’t wait to get on the other side of the fence and see what I can get out of one of the other guys. So that’s all great, I’m excited to be part of it.
The auction ends November 20 at 8:00 PM EST.
In addition to his involvement in the auction game, DJ Drama and Snoop Dogg just released his new mixtape Gangsta Grillz: I always understood.
With a total of 13 songs, the mixtape features appearances from Dave East, Trinidad James and Juicy J, as well as former Death Row artists Kurupt and Daz Dillinger.
The project is also a showcase for new Death Row artists including Snoop bought earlier this year. October London and Jane Handcock make appearances on the mixtape as new recruits to the label.
Rick Rock, Don Cannon, Nick Papz, Hollywood Cole and Snoop (using his production alias Dr Bombay) serve as the project’s producers.