Northeast Florida has a booming hip-hop scene. One crucial label that has been consistently documenting the progressive production and Duval word-flow is FULL PLATE. The artist-run imprint was founded in 2013 by Dillon Maurer and the late, great Paten Locke.

Through circumstance rather than design, the label has focused on musicians in Jacksonville and Atlanta, with an impressive roster including: Dillon, Paten Locke, Batsauce, Willie Evans Jr., and Stono Echo (Paten Locke and Jay Myztroh). “The label was always meant to be a home base for our core four artists who exemplify a unique artistry and an independent creative spirit,” says Maurer. “And of course anybody down with FULL PLATE has gotta be funky!”

The forthcoming funk includes releases by Dillon & Batsauce, the fourth volume in their Clean Plate Club, Qwaazar & Batsauce, and Maurer’ plans to issue multiple releases from the Paten Locke music vault.

This article originally appeared as part of the Culture-Preneurs feature under the headline “Indie Imprints” in Void Magazine’s July 2020 issue. 

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