B. of Dakota South Records
Hailing from South Dakota, B. of Dakota South Records is one of the quickest rising Native American artists in the industry with his self-titled debut album featuring Hopsin, Spice 1, G. Baby Prince of G-Unit West, and platinum producer Lex Lucazi having been nominated for five music awards and winning two of the awards the album was nominated.
Following the success of his first album, he released his long awaited sophomore album, “OHHH! B.” on February 14th, 2016. The new album was exclusively produced by Lex Lucazi, who received platinum accreditation for his work on T.I. vs. T.I.P. and features the hit single “Come and Get Your Love” containing an authorized sample of the 1974 Top 5 Billboard 100 single from Redbone. “Come and Get Your Love” received Single of the Year honors at the 2016 Native American Music Awards in New York. “OHHH! B.” was also nominated for Best in Hip Hop for “Come and Get Your Love”, Best in Pop for “My Whole World” ft. Bert Malcom, and Best in Rock for “Unknown” ft. juQ at the Indian Summer Music Awards in Milwaukee, WI. In addition, B. of Dakota South Records is currently in consideration for three additional awards by the RockWired Reader’s Poll Awards including Best Male Artist, Best American Indian/First Nation Artist and/or Band, and Best Performance by an American Indian/First Nations Artist and/or Band for “Come and Get Your Love”. Winners of the 2017 Rockwired Reader’s Poll Awards will be announced on January 27th.
Brandis B. Knudsen grew up across the state of South Dakota, where he was influenced by multiple cultures and genres of music and found love in the art of Hip-Hop. But it wasn’t until losing a close friend in 2007, that he realized that tomorrow wasn’t promised to anyone and began his quest to follow the dream that he and his late friend had grown up only fantasizing about. After recording his first studio single the summer of 2007, he founded Dakota South Records as an underground label which saw quick growth and serious potential for a larger market after opening for artists such as Lil’ Jon, Bubba Sparxxx, Three 6 Mafia, and The Ying Yang Twins.
At the end of 2009, Knudsen licensed Dakota South Records, LLC with the state of South Dakota and began working on his self-titled debut album, B. of Dakota South Records which features XXL Freshman Class of 2012 artist Hopsin (who also was featured on “Am I a Psycho” by Tech N9n and also featuring B.O.B.), West Coast Legend Spice 1, G. Baby Prince of G-Unit West, and production from platinum producer Lex Lucazi (T.I., T-Pain, The Outlaws, etc.). The album was officially released on February 14th, 2012 and is available on CD Baby, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and more. It is also available at local retail stores across South Dakota including Last Stop CD Shop, Ernie November, Urban City, Prairie Edge, and Black Hills Vinyl.
B. of Dakota South Records was also named one of the 2012 Mid-West Rising Artists by D.I.A. Radio. The single “I Miss You” was nominated for Best Hip Hop at the 2012 Indian Summer Music Awards and selected by RockWired Magazine as one of “25 Songs from Indian Country You’ve Got to Hear.” His album was nominated for Best Rap/Hip Hop Recording by the 2012 Native American Music Awards and Best Rap/Hip Hop Album by the 2013 Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards. He won the awards for Best Male Artist and Best Recording by a First Nations/American Indian Artist/Band at the 2014 RockWired Radio Music Awards.
Since beginning his music career, his single “Just B.” was featured on C-Nice-1 Presents The 605 Mixtape, a compilation of rising artist from the state of South Dakota, in 2009. B. of Dakota South Records has also been featured in multiple times in Native Max Magazine, RockWired Magazine, Native Sun News, and Lakota Country Times. The Rapid City Journal has also covered his Single of the Year honors by the NAMA. He has also received coverage in 605 Magazine, The Flyest Magazine, and other printed publications as well as online including PowWows.com and LastRealIndians.com. In addition, Knudsen has been interviewed by local television station, Black Hills Fox News and KOTA Territory News. He was seen on an episode of cables Tru TV channel’s reality show “Full Throttle”. He also opened up for Tech N9ne, Machine Gun Kelly, Paul Wall, Afroman, Mayday, Krizz Kaliko, Prozak, Kutt Calhoun, Stevie Stone, Jay Rock, Flawless, MC Magic, Big Gemini, and Former NFL Player Reggie Stephens. He has modeled for Special Image Clothing and T-Unit Custom Apparel and had launched his own Dakota South Records branded line of merchandise.
Dakota South Records has also participated in several community fundraisers and charity events including The Hip Hop Feeds Community Concert at National American University (Black Hills Food Pantry), The HIV/AIDS Awareness Day at The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, The Tsunami Relief Concert at The Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn, The Heal Haiti Benefit Concert, HOT 93.1 Appreciation Party, Music 4 Life for The American Cancer Society (Sponsored by KOTA Territory-ABC) and has worked with other organizations and charity events, including motivational speaking presentations to students at The Lincoln Academy in Rapid City, SD where he discusses his record label, the music business, following dreams, and the importance of education. B. of Dakota South Records has also spoke at Black Hills State University’s American Indian Awareness Speakers Series, “STRONG: Solid Tribal Roots Offer New Growth”.