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.
“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.