The Ivory Coast international moved to St James' Park over the summer after being advised by his Chelsea counterpart that the Premier League was the place to be.
Tiote told Newcastle's official website: "He [Drogba] is someone I know well.
"I have learned a lot from him, he's a great guy. It was him who suggested to me that I come and play football in England.
"The English league is very well known over there. I think it is a sign of the quality of the Cote d'Ivoire players that there are so many of them playing in England.
"I know them all well and I have seen a few of them already since arriving."