Happy Birthday to Dope Sandwich!

Some good friends of ours at 13 Bricks just had a birthday, and the party was remarkable. At The Jinx on Saturday the 19th,  Dope Sandwich Productions (DSP) celebrated their 10th year running as one of Savannah’s most well known rap labels, and certainly as some of the most talented rappers (or at least we think so)! We had the pleasure of not only being there to celebrate with our homies, but also got to talk to Kedrick Mack (Dope kNife) himself, a founder of the label and one of the show’s headliners. He started from the beginning.

 

 

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It all started as a group of friends who happened to rap or Break dance or do graffiti or DJ. We just all had some sort of elemental love of hip hop. I kinda galvanized the rappers to make a "label" out of our talent pool, but it was much more of a rap group back then.”



So, How do you think it has grown in these ten years?


Now it's much more structured as a label. I think my (and the group’s) musical tastes in general have grown so it's reflecting in the stuff i'm putting out. Dope kNife stuff as of late is becoming more and more primal, basic boom bap hip hop. and i'm completely comfortable with that. So no i'm open to putting out stuff on the label that breaks away from that, cause i have that lane cover already. Between Broken Glow, and Valore & Obamabo's project, the sound of Dope Sandwich as a label will greatly expand going into the new year.



How many people have worked with your label since you started it?



Only about 40% of the original members were at the Bday party, but that'll change next year. Some of the new acts we've been releasing music for or will be in the future. Over the years, as an organization, i'd say about 30 people have been involved. In this new label incarnation it's a much more centralized team though.


Who were the OG members?


The Original roster: Dope KNife (rapper/producer, Virginia), Basik Lee (rapper/DJ/B-Boy, New Jersey), Zone-D (Rapper, Philly), Blue Collar (Rapper/Producer, Milwaukee), Lyrix (Rapper, D.C), Righteous The poet (Rapper/Producer/Illustrator, South Carolina, http://www.bosccomics.com), and DJ Word Life & Valis, USvsTHEM (rapper/producer, LA), Full Metal Lyricist (ATL), Just Musica (Rapper/Producer LA), Chief Rockaz (Break dance crew)


We love to expose new talent, as well as old, and support the communities we think are important in Savannah. Could you give us the names of some of the new and upcoming artists in your label as well?


In the future we are producing music for Miggs Son Daddy (rapper/illustrator NY), Cult Cyph (rap duo, Sav), Valour & Obamabo (poet/producer duo) Broken Glow (rock band), Black Caesar (producer), Happy Thoughts (side project by Dope KNife and Miggs) and Supa Toine (the world’s greatest rapping frisbee player).



We all had fun at the party, and you’ve definitely earned your ten year mark. How did you think the show went?



The party was an absolute success. Next year's celebration is already in the works with hopes of making it even bigger. I had some hip hop night regulars play like Solo and the Spitfire poetry group, just trying to show there's more to the local scene than Dope Sandwich. Then we brought out The Difference Machine from ATL, i've played a bunch of shows with them. When I tour I want to bring them to my neck of the woods again, they always kill it.


What other plans do you have for the future?


More music, More shows. We've got projects done, close to done, starting, it's just a matter of what order they come out in so keep a lookout. www.dopesandwich.com. and subscribe to the  DopeSandwichTV  on youtube.


It’s such an amazing experience to see your friends create and gain success doing what they love. Ten years is an achievement, but we know there will be plenty more decades to come.




“Cambio” Unveiling at The ANdAZ Hotel

 

August 27th was a big day for 13 Bricks. It was an even bigger day for Art Director Alfredo Martinez, as his mural “Cambio” was unveiled at the ANdAZ (by Hyatt) hotel on Barnard street in downtown Savannah. Over the course of two months Martinez and his helpers, or his “minions” as he would say, worked tirelessly painting the two flights of stairs and railings that lead way to the hotel pool from the lobby. The artist speaks for himself in his artist’s statement, but what speaks even louder is the finished product.

 

“The theme of this piece is progression. This is shown via the progression of the style in which the imagery is executed. The animals on the first floor are realistic, by the time you reach the top they are abstracted into basic geometry. The background does the same in the opposite direction. I wanted the mural to become an experience that could be enjoyed fully regardless of what end a person starts from.

Thematically, I wanted to touch on the themes of evolution

and nature. As we progress technologically and industrially we need to consider how this progress affects the natural environment around us. The geometry behind the animals and waves is reminiscent of cellular or atomic structures. This basic geometry is what all the animals and plants ultimately are based on. Ultimately all of our physical reality is constructed with the same building blocks. It is impossible for us to exist without having some effect on what surrounds us. This tension should be kept in mind as we grow and progress as a species and as a global society.”

-Alfredo Martinez

Art Director, 13 Bricks Clothing

You can certainly see a visual evolution as you walk up the stairwell. The first thing seen as you enter from the front lobby is the face of the sun on the side of the wall engaging its audience the second they step through the doors. On the other side, realistic fish and cranes weave through the rapid waves.

While walking up the stairs you will see the animals literally transform into paper origami; realism changes into geometric abstraction before your eyes.The waves recede, and blue and teal marsh grasses line the wall, leading up to the grand tree that is crawling with little paper birds and insects (some are hidden for the curious to find!).

The ANdAZ Hotel unveiled the mural proudly with drinks and delicious food as well as a reception after the event. Everyone from family and friends to people staying in the hotel, passers-by and administrators walked up and down the stairs to see the visual transformation again and again. The most popular comments were “It’s amazing”, and “how beautiful”.

The 13 Bricks crew couldn’t be more proud of Martinez. This was his third mural to date, and he has two more lined up for the future.

It’s safe to say that big things are happening for the 13 Bricks family!

 

Those credited for helping out with the mural’s initials can be found among the diamonds on the side of the stair well. Martinez would like to thank Michelle Guash, Caitlin Shaw, Jared Jackson, Phil Geffen, Kevin Ziegler, Vann-Ellison Seales, Helana DeRossett, Isabella Morpurgo, Jazz Unruh, Taylor Graham, Michael Durkee and Lubo Kocka as well as the ANdAZ staff and administration.