Houston’s own Mike Dean decides to launch his own record label M.W.A. and signs Rising star Dice Soho. It will be nice to see what music these two come up with. Dice will be going on tour soon on the Icey Life Tour.
Check out Dean’s interview with BillBoard:
What made you decide that now would be the best time to unveil your new record label M.W.A.?
Mike Dean: Just a lot of new young artists that’s been asking to get down with me and have me work on their projects and help them get deals. I figured I’d start a label and sign some new acts. Seems like a good time to start it. I got a studio out here [in Los Angeles] and I’m able to meet a lot of new artists.
What’s the significance of the name M.W.A.?
That’s just what I call myself when I DJ. Mexican Wrestling Association. It’s something that I’ve done with the merch, so I just figured I’d keep the name going.
You signed Dice Soho as your first artist to M.W.A. How did that decision come about?
One of my homies Gustavo Guerra brought him to me. I think he’s gonna be the next wave out of Houston. I picked him up. Dice has a nice swag.
How did the first studio session with Dice go?
The first session we did was the “Goin Up” song… I was like, “Oh, okay. This guy has something.” He came out and we smoked a few blunts in the studio. I made the beat on the spot. Then he wrote his sh-t as I made the beat. It actually started out as a different song. We changed the hook. We thought it needed flavor.
What kind of skill-set are you looking for from artists seeking to join M.W.A.?
Just good songwriters that know how to deliver it right. Something new. Something new in rap, or singing, or whatever.
For M.W.A., if there were three artists you could sign right now over to your label. Which three would you choose and why?
I don’t wanna say that yet. [Laughs] It’s top secret. We’re still in negotiations. I’m looking at some people. One group from Brooklyn. I’m looking at some people from Cali, somebody from Atlanta. I just want to spread it out.
Where are you hoping that M.W.A. will be one year from now?
I hope to have three or four artists on the roster with a couple of producers and just make some dope s–t.