DJ Drama

Third Power

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When it comes to official albums, Drama has been proving that mixtape DJs can do them too, kicking off his high-profile releases with the stellar Gangsta Grillz: The Album (2007) and then falling to Earth with the simply good Vol. 2 (2009). This third swing falls between the two previous releases, coming alive on singles like the opening “Oh My,” a Drumma Boy production with Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa, and Roscoe Dash on the mike, and the great “Never See You Again,” a vibrant Dawty Music production where Talia Coles and Wale both shine bright. Young Jeezy and Freddie Gibbs bring the gutsiest of the gutsy street tracks as “Rough” rumbles the speakers, and a big surprise comes when newcomer Future combines the Drake and Odd Future styles for the hallucinatory and hooky “Ain’t No Way Around It.” That’s a lot of heat, and with the second line standing strong with names like B.o.B, Akon, and Freeway, Third Power puts Drama’s releases back in the general vicinity of “very necessary.”

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