Straight outta Red Lake: Rez Rap Records artists tell their story
RED LAKE—In Northern Minnesota, off-the-beaten-path beats can be heard pulsating out of a basement studio. Pulsing to the beat of the Red Lake Nation. The studio is home to Rez Rap Records and 100 Souls Entertainment.
Founding members recently gathered in the underground digs to tell the story of where they came from and where they are going from here—all the way to the top.
Rez Rap Records roots trace back almost 15 years ago before the artists became Wardog, Baby Shel, Thomas X and NPC3. In 2006, like-minded souls Mike Donnell (Wardog) and Sheldon Cook Jr. (Baby Shel) joined up with music engineer Garlic Brown and DJ Divewire to form 100 Souls. In 2010, Thomas X, a new member of 100 Souls, and Bemidji-based group NPC3 joined the crew, forming Rez Rap Records. Today, Rez Rap Records are produced out of the 100 Souls Entertainment studio.