In the penetrating world of hip-hop and pop music, there is no denying the impact that Southern,
specifically the “Deep South”, music has had on the culture. Houston, Texas is the home of
various underground rap masters, many of whom paired their non-traditional business-savvy
and street smarts to grab the attention of the mainstream audience, which eventually created a
movement in hip-hop that is still thriving today. Powerful independent labels such as Rap- ALot
and Swisha House cultivated the market and birthed pioneering recording acts such as the Geto
Boys, UGK and Slim Thug. In the heart of the Screw Movement, stood a label that created the
true foundation of today’s Houston music scene, taking its rightful place among the list of
esteemed labels, the legendary Wreckshop Records.
Known as one of Houston’s leading independent record companies, Wreckshop collectively sold
over two and a half million albums in five years, a number that was not seen amongst
independent labels at the time. In the world of independent rap labels, selling over 20,000
copies was considered an underground hit, and Wreckshop Records managed to consistently
produce underground classics that often competed with mainstream rap records.
Its ambitious founder and visionary, Derrick “D-Reck” Dixon, started Wreckshop Records in
1997. With an MBA from Clark/Atlanta University and owning six different businesses, D-Reck
had enough knowledge and practical experience to run a successful label. Derrick knew that his
vision would be a success; all he needed was the right artist to launch his label. He found a
Houston area MC by the name of Fat Pat, who was also a member of the infamous Screwed Up
Click (SUC)-----a Houston based collective, lead by the legendary DJ Screw. Fat Pat had
earned a large and loyal following by free-styling on DJ Screw's popular mix-tapes. In the
summer of 1998, Wreckshop dropped Fat Pat's debut LP "Ghetto Dreams", and it exploded on
the Southern underground scene, selling 300,000 copies. Unfortunately, Fat Pat was killed
before he could enjoy the record’s success, and soon after a tribute album called Fat Pat & the
Wreckshop Family, "Throwed in the Game” was released. Throwed in the Game also managed
to sell over 300,000 units.
After the untimely demise of Fat Pat, Wreckshop signed another member of the infamous
Screwed Up Click, E.S.G., whose debut album "Shinin' & Grindin'" sold 100,000 units. His
follow-up record "City Under Siege" sold a whopping 150,000.
Wreckshop Records was a force in the music industry, and industry insiders were taking notice.
With the support of Houston DJ’s, radio stations and fans, Wreckshop ventured into film and
released their first independent movie, “The Dirty Third”. Reaching success yet again, “The Dirty
Third” movie sold over a million units with its soundtrack making top sales. The movie also
debut on BET’s Action Pay-Per-View and exposed his artists to millions of new viewers
throughout the nation. This helped to set up their next artist, Big Moe. Like his previous label