DJ Drama has co-signed artists like T.I. and Gucci Mane by including them in his Gangsta Grillz series, but at the moment, he considers five Southern rappers a cut above the rest. The Atlanta, Georgia DJ recently spoke to DJ Absolut about his top five Southern MCs, listing a few obvious choices and putting in a few that are bubbling under.

“I gotta put [Rick] Ross in there, I gotta put [Lil] Wayne in there,” said Drama. “I still rep with the home team. My man Tip about to come home and crush ‘em. Shout to my man Jeezy, he’s doing his thing. And I gotta put 2 Chainz in there. He’s really smashing the A and on honorary mention, shout out to the homie Future, too.”

As for the newer artists, Drama explained that their presence is heavy in Atlanta. “My guy 2 Chainz, my guy Future, they got a lot of presence in the A, both with two heavy mixtapes in the streets,” he continued. You can play at least five or six songs off of each of those and everything. I definitely salute those guys.”

For an added bonus, he gave a shout out to a few acts staying on the grind. “Shout to Travis Porter, doing their thing. Roscoe Dash is killin’ them hooks. He gave me a smash with ‘Oh My’ and everything, it’s going crazy,” he stated.

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