In this exclusive interview with HipHopSince1987 New Zealand Hip-Hop legend, Andy Murnane talks to Digital Crates about the legacy of Dawn Raid Entertainment. From New Zealand to New York City the impact of Dawn Raid has been documented in an amazing new movie called “Dawn Raid” online everywhere now. In this interview, they talk about the legacy and impact made during the true school era of Hip-Hop all the way to the present day. Starting out selling merchandise Andy Murnane and Brother D turned their hustle into a cornerstone of international Hip-Hop culture.
Inspired by the Hip-Hop movement in America it was the crossover groups the Boo-ya Tribe and OMC that inspired the Dawn Raid movement. They were inspired further by the indie label blueprint model of Rap-A-Lot, Rocafella, Loud Records, and others that showed them they could make a label work in New Zealand. The Dawn Raid name is politically influenced and fueled by the credo of owning your own master recordings and being a self-sufficient operation.
Their journey had many ups and downs punctuated by some amazing collaborations and experiences all documented in the film. Early collaborations with Wu-Tang, DPG, and other iconic artists helped them to start charting and getting number one records as well as gold and platinum plaques with solid album sales. Motivated by their success and failures they are still working on spreading positive messages through great Hip-Hop music.
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