New Zealand Rapper David Dallas Signs To Duck Down Records
Hip-hop’s international takeover continues. Meet David Dallas, a half-Samoan rapper from New Zealand whose cult following in his native land not only sparked the interest of Kanye West (he featured Dallas’s “Big Time” video on his blog) but has now scored him a coveted spot on hip-hop label Duck Down Records’ artist roster.
Dallas’s home label (Dawn Raid Entertainment LLC) and management team (Dirty Management) have inked a marketing and P&D (pressing and distribution) deal with Duck Down, home to acts like Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun, Sean Price, Skyzoo and Kidz In The Hall. Duck Down has released over 35 albums to date and sold more than 3 million records in a 15-year successful run.
“Most of the artists I look up to and like come from America,” says Dallas, whose 2009 album Something Awesome reached number one on New Zealand’s iTunes chart. “I want to do stuff that’s to the level of American artists, but I don’t want to lose my identity and I don’t think I will.”
The alliance allows Dallas to tap into resources unavailable to him in his native country while at the same time continue to grow his international buzz. “Because I’m from New Zealand, the music never gets exposed on a major level and that sucks,” he says. “So we said, ‘S*it, we need to try to get over here [to New York] and do something’.”
Peter ‘P-Money’ Wadams, Dallas’s producer, adds: “David’s new deal is a huge step forward for New Zealand artists and for hip-hop from outside America. We’re happy to be making the move to New York and with the co-sign from Duck Down, it lets people know David Dallas is official.”
Expect The Rose Tint, David Dallas’s first Duck Down Internet-only release, to drop early next year.
Watch David Dallas’s “Big Time”: