Yankton Sioux Pride fuels B of Dakota South’s Unique CD

Posted By PowWows.com December 3rd, 2013 Last Updated on: December 3rd, 2013

Interview by Dr. Dawn Karima

B of Dakota South Records blends his honorable Yankton Sioux heritage with his hip hop stylings. Celebrated with numerous award nominations, his self-titled debut has led to concerts and an upcoming sophomore CD. This articulate and intriguing artist visited with us recently about his love for his Native culture, his musical memories and his vision for his future in music.

Q) What's news with you, B?

A) Currently I'm in the process of planning out my second album and there's already a lot to be excited about. I'm currently working exclusively with a platinum accredited producer on the production of this album and have also been given the green light to sample a Top 5 Billboard track for the lead single of this album. There's also several collaborations in the works for this project and possibly even larger opportunities to explore. But it's very early in the planning stages and I don't want to disclose too many of the details yet.

Q) How does Native American identity and culture appear in your music? How does Native tradition shape your songs?

A) I am Yankton Sioux. I think what I take away most from our culture is the art of storytelling in the way I write music. It's another form of oral tradition. And as I continue my career, I plan to allow my music to explore into the more traditional music of my roots and heritage. There's a few ideas I have in mind and open collaborative discussions with other Native American artists to make it happen, but only time will tell if it will make it on my second album or my third.

powwows.comQ) Why do you think Native hip hop music is so popular with other cultures? What makes our music unique and important?

A) I really think that Hip Hop was something that spoke to our generation and was something that we could identify with and make our own. It became our voice.

Q) What is the trademark of your music? What sets you apart?

A) My music's real. It's primarily Hip Hop and a little mix of R&B. It's also largely experimental. Every track is different. I consider myself a storyteller and I put my life into my music. It's raw emotions and experiences.

Q) Has music always been a facet of your life?

A) One of my earliest memories was of making my own instruments and writing my own songs even before I was in school. I've always loved music but it wasn't something I had taken seriously until later in life and that is one of my biggest regrets. No one really taught me much about music. I learned by listening and by feeling. Music has away to move people and that's what really inspires me. Music is a universal language.

Q) We'd love to hear about the early days. Did you have a good start?

A) The first time I stepped onto a stage was in 2007 at The Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis opening for Lil Jon. I was very fortunate to have started my career with a team that allowed me to share in that experience at the beginning of my career, but that was only one of many memorable events. I've had the honor of opening for several mainstream artists along my way. I've opened up for Bubba Sparx, The Ying Yang Twins, MC Magic, Machine Gun Kelly, Tech N9ne, and several others and I will always have those memories with me. I also had a lot of great times at the CD Release parties for my first album in 2012 and had the privilege of having my official album release and autograph signing at the Pre-Concert Party for T-Pain and The Gym Class Heroes when they were on the Snow Storm Tour through Rapid City, SD.

Q)What do you know now that you wish you had known when you first started performing? What are you glad you DIDN'T know?

A) I don't think any one wanting to become an artist realizes the amount of time and hard work you have to put into your craft to be a serious artist until you get into it. There's a lot that goes into every song and I don't think many people are aware of the process behind the scenes. I think that is something that I wish I had known and at the same time I'm glad I didn't. It's a huge commitment, especially when you have to work full-time while raising a child.

Q)If all music was outlawed, what would you be doing with your life? Why?

A) There's a good chance I would be incarcerated (laughs) or on the run making bootleg music and living the life of an outlaw. But more seriously, I do still work full time while I pursue my music career and build up my record label. I have a career in business and finance and am also a single father. If I wasn't making music, I would still find a way to show my son that no matter what he wants to do it is possible to follow your dreams and make them become a reality. I would find a way to continue to be an inspiration, not only for my son but for as many lives as I can touch.

Q) What are some of the many accomplishments and awards you've achieved through your music? What do they mean to you?

A) As I had mentioned earlier, I had received three nominations from my first release. Unfortunately, I have not received the honor of bringing an award home yet. But each nomination was an accomplishment and recognition of my hard work and inspiration to continue my musical journey. They have opened many doors for me that potentially would have remained closed. Out of the nominations I have received, the nomination from the APCMA I felt was the biggest honor. To be the first Rap/Hip Hop artist to be recognized by their awards show from the state of South Dakota with artists such as Night Shield and Frank Waln who came before me and to accomplish something that they haven't already accomplished I feel says a lot.

Q) What else are you enthusiastic about?

A) My life is my son, my music, and my work. I want to be motivational, inspiration, and successful in everything I do. I want to make a difference and I want my life to have meaning.

Q) What would you like to tell us that we don't already know about you? About your music?

A) I don't think there is much about me that we haven't at least touched on during this interview. But what I can tell you is that I am a very complex and complicated person just as I am as an artist. I'm not easily defined. I can't be defined by a single action or song. There's many different sides to me just as there are tracks on CDs. But if there's something you want to know, ask.

Q) Your CD's sure display your talent! What are some of them? How can we purchase your music?

A) Well currently I only have one CD that has been released. My self-titled debut album B. of Dakota South Records which was released in February of 2012. Since it's release it has gone on to record sales across five countries and was nominated for three awards. The single “I Miss You” ft. Nae Nae was nominated for Best in Rap/Hip Hop by the Indian Summer Music Awards in Milwaukee, WI. Later that year it was nominated for Best Rap/Hip Hop Recording by the Native American Music Awards in Niagara Falls, NY and earlier this year it was nominated for Best Rap/Hip Hop Album by the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in Canada.

You can purchase my CD at CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bofdakotasouthrecords
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/b.-of-dakota-south-records/id634127922
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/B_B_of_Dakota_South_Records?id=Bdwh3etemwcwtlxmhi7zqhy3rf4&hl=en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DakotaSouthRecords
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/dakotasouthrecords
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/dakotasouthrecords

My album is available on CD Baby, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, Native Entertainment Magazine, and most websites where digital music is sold. It is also available at Last Stop CD Shop, Ernie November, Urban City, Black Hills Vinyl, and Prairie Edge, all located in South Dakota.

Check out my videos as well!
“I Miss You” ft. Nae Nae http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgLjgZgb8HA (Preview)

“Be the One” ft. Nae Nae http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwNDbyZrZW8 (Preview) “Fairy Tale” ft. Jeremy Waddell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7goVooIMXS0 (Preview) “I Like”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zmb6oIyhcqQ (Preview) “True Bliss” ft. Accident http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enQ6OJ34Geo (Preview)

Thanks for your consideration and for your time!

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