Wreckshop has been on hiatus since 2008, but D-Reck, sitting down with me on a recent visit to New York City, said he is ready to resurrect it. In our long talk, we discussed the implosion of Southwest Wholesale, a huge manufacturer and distributor for the Houston rap community through the ’90s, and the shockwave it sent through the business end of the Houston rap world when it shuttered in 2003. With the production and distribution arrangement Southwest had with many Houston labels gone, artists and labels were left scrambling. Some signed, some stayed independent, and others faded away. It was only a couple of years later that the mainstream began to notice what was building in the Bayou City, and artists like Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Slim Thug, and Chamillionaire broke into the mainstream, bringing Houston with them into the spotlight.
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