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Dave Parsons, aka Big Dave, spent his two and a half year jail sentence listening to rap music in his cell, which inspired him to write and perform his own rhymes.
But after his release, Dave couldn’t get his tracks noticed and so set up Kokyprik records, operating out of this garage in Canberra. He signed up his own stable of recording artists, half of them former prisoners like himself and since 2007, the KP family have hosted events with international rap stars as a way of financing and promoting their music.
Earlier this year KP artists opened shows for rap greats KRS1 and Ice Cube and to top it off, Dave has just released his first solo album with an international distribution deal with Death Row records the rap label that made millions from gangsta rap in the 1990s.
Producer Eurydice Aroney charts Dave’s hectic journey from a prison cell to the edge of musical success and also speaks with the current Death Row president, John Payne, who is working on re releases of Death Row records for the 20th anniversary of the label and looking to release many of the previously unreleased recordings from the Death Row archive.