Dope KNife – Interview

Savannah emcee, producer, and podcaster Kedrick Mack, aka Dope KNife, is interviewed about how he started rapping, his creative process, his new projects, and much more.

What first got you into music?

It was a dare, some pals in high school dared me to rap in a band, and I did, and I was awesome. Well, I was actually terrible, but I thought I was awesome, and so did everyone who heard it. So I stuck with it until I felt I got to a point that I was awesome for real.

Who are some of your influences?

Black Thought, Ice-T, Grafh, and Redman. As a producer, EL-P, DJ Premier, and Trent Reznor.

Dope KNife performing

How did you get your start in the Savannah music scene?

I just started making mixtapes, like physical mixtapes back in the day and and passing them out at shows and Open Mics. I was part of a larger crew of rappers and hip-hop heads called Dope Sandwich, so just with the net we collectively cast, I got into the scene here.

Name a Savannah artist who you’d love to collaborate with

Lulu the Giant. That shits dope, and I like dope shit.

And also to remind heads I’m not quitting making music to be a political commentator, I still do very much get it in.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Be polite.

Describe your creative process

These days, honestly I just like to be alone. If it’s beat making, writing, or recording, I just like to have my own space to smoke and take as much time as I need and focus only on what I’m creating.

Talk a bit about your new song – So 912

Well, I moved back to savannah a while ago and while I’ve been doing shows, I’ve been extremely busy with the podcast (Waiting on Reparations, for iHeart radio, every Thursday wherever you get your podcasts) that I haven’t put out any new music since I’ve been back. I’m planning on putting out music more frequently than I have in the past, so to kick it off, I wanted to do a joint that was a little emblematic of my hometown. And also to remind heads I’m not quitting making music to be a political commentator, I still do very much get it in.

It could definitely be more connected, but at least there is a lot of talent in town

What are some of your favorite local venues to play?

I’m really digging EL Rocko these days, but looking forward to some of the new spots I’ve never played before, that I’m getting a chance to soon.

Dope KNife at El Rocko

Your thoughts on the state of the Savannah music scene …

It could definitely be more connected, but at least there is a lot of talent in town.

What’s next for you?

This Saturday, Nov 13th I’ll be at EL-Rockco with Basik Lee and Cuna Bear. Next week, Nov 20th, I’m having a release party for the new song at Service Brewing.

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