2012 was a year of firsts for KP Records – The first arena show (with Ice Cube), first Festival (with Tech N9ne, D12, Obie Trice and more) and it was also the year of the first commercial album release for the label after nearly 6 years establishing a name in the industry and cementing it’s place as the power house of Canberra hip hop.
That first album was Self Made the debut album from label founder Big Dave which went on to be played on over 160 commercial FM stations across the country. With that success came an ABC special (below), TV appearances, a multitude of radio interviews and features online, in magazines and in newspapers around Australia. Even hip hop icon Ice Cube got involved speaking about his pride in Big Dave’s achievements after coming from a background of prison and the street lifestyle.
Unlike many fellow “MC’s” Dave moved away from the tried and true method of the standard hip hop release by teaming up with KP producer Grantwho? and the KP roster to create an album that fused his raw hip hop roots with aspects of electro, house and RnB. The album also featured an international guest list unlike any Australian rap release before it with artist’s like Joell Ortiz, Kurupt, Necro, WC and Kyza all getting involved.
As we enter 2013 the snowball affect that is the career of Big Dave continues to gain momentum.