By: Tami August
Wreckshop Records is the first independent label we are honoring in Houston for Black Music Month!
Founded in 1997 by Derrick “D-Reck” Dixon, Wreckshop had a thriving roster of artists which included The Late and Great Fat Pat and Big Moe, Pymp Tyte, Big Pokey, D Gotti, WS Family, ESG, A3 and more. Since 1997, Wreckshop sold over 2.5 million records before collaborating with a major label. Wreckshop not only built a music empire but also produced and released movies like The Dirty Third 1 and 2 , Ghetto Dreams and Mann! The Movie.
97.9 The Box’s Rob G sat down with Dixon to talk about the beginnings of Wreckshop, losing Fat Pat and Big Moe, what made him feel like they “made it”, what’s next for Wreckshop and he also gives advice to “New Houston” artists who are now in a very different music industry than from before.
On losing Big Moe:
That had a super emotional impact on me, Moe had been with me for about 4 years…losing Moe was like losing a family member. I wish I could’ve done things differently, wish I could have tried to help him health wise.
On Feeling Overlooked:
Of course I think we were overlooked, but I don’t make a fuss about it. It has something to do with my persona of being laid back and playing the background…as long as the Houston movie scene moves forward, then I’m happy.
Houston Back Then vs. Houston Now:
One of the issues I have is that back then we had a different agenda, and different perspective. Alot of things we did, people imitated them and now they don’t have any thing else to do now. I see people in positions and they are not moving forward. It’s a momentum game, build on what you got and keep going, I’m a little disappointed in where Houston is compared to where we were…it’s too much talent in Houston, and I believe somebody’s gon’ emerge and move us back in the right direction.
On the advice to the”New Houston” artists on being successful:
The person that knows how to merge the old with the new, take what’s current and make it mainstream will be successful.
On how influential DJ Screw was to the Houston music industry:
Everybody overlooking the impact Screw made, that’s something that Robert Davis (DJ Screw) start doing, everybody loved it and for it to start that small and become as big as it is, that’s a big thing. Hopefully they recognize it.