Wreckshop gains notoriety with Houston talent
Wreckshop Records was created in 1997 by Derrick "D-Reck" Dixon.
His vision to begin an independent record label in Houston stemmed from
the talented rappers in the area and their supportive fans. The label specializes
in r&b and rap and promotes accomplished entertainers from the "dirty
The label aims to introduce the world to future entertainers in music,
as well as television and movies. As a new label, its artists may be few,
but the talents of those few leave large impressions.
The Wreckshop family includes r&b singer Ronnie Spencer and rap
artists ESG, Tyte Eyez, Double D, D Gotti, Noke D, Dirty Dollar and Fat
The success of the great Fat Pat established the reign of Wreckshop
Records. Violence ended the career of the rapper, who was a local trendsetter
in the rap game. Before his death, he accomplished neighborhood notoriety
in a short time.
His album Ghetto Dreams sold 250,000 copies, with 20,000 copies
selling in its first week in Houston. Fat Pat's "Tops Drop" and "Throwed
in da Game" charted on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.
These tunes had the right mix of up-tempo beats and catchy hooks. Fat
Pat had the power to make his listener move while motivating that listener
to see the world as he saw it. His accomplishments proved his talent and
aided in the success of Wreckshop Records.
Despite his untimely fall, Fat Pat has continued to reign as a rap mogul.
The rapper's memory will never die, as his music lives on without him.
Wreckshop's remaining artists continue to contribute to its fame. Big
Moe, Houston's "Barre Baby," is a huge part of Wreckshop's success. Big
Moe was born and raised in UH's backdoor, the Third Ward (south of downtown,
east of Highway 288 and north of Old Spanish Trail).
His vocal talents were recognized at the tender age of six as a member
of the church choir. This motivated him to participate in Second Verse,
a singing group out of Yates High School.
He later met the late DJ Screw, founder of the Screwed Up Click, at
a local talent show. DJ Screw introduced Big Moe to the music industry
and featured Moe's gifts on his 3 in the Morning release. This exposure
gave Big Moe the opportunity to release his own album under the Wreckshop
City of Syrup was released on July 18 and it generated instant
success for the artist. The album is a salute to Big Moe's pastime, "sippin'
syrup." His local hit "Barre Baby" was placed in heavy rotation, and he
had all of Houston singing along.
The hit single "MANN!" has given the South a theme song. "MANN!" was
inspired by Black Rob's "Whoa," but has a southern drawl that explains
the realness of the "dirty south."
Big Moe's success is new, so he is definitely not done yet. He has collaborated
with label mate D-Gotti to produce "Purple Stuff" to the memory of his
"Barre Baby" reputation. He will once again release an album, titled Purple
World, under Wreckshop's direction on April 23.
For more Wreckshop artists, check out The Collabo featuring Big
Pokey and the Wreckshop Wolfpack, in stores now. MANN! The Movie
is also in stores, and it is a collection of scenes from backstage concerts,
after-parties and behind the scenes of the "MANN!" video, and has a special
dedication to DJ Screw.
Wreckshop is growing, and with the talent of the Wreckshop family it
will certainly continue to improve Houston's reputation in the music industry.