Initially a Hip Hop crew, MAD Krew or Madness After Dark began in 1995 consisting of graff writers, emcees, deejays, producers, and b-boys that lived throughout the city of rain- Seattle, Washington. Members could be seen or heard spreading the culture of Hip Hop, building on its foundation in the Pacific Northwest from Franklin High School to Jefferson Community Center to Westlake Center and beyond.
MAD Krew helped nourish the scene by organizing countless events and shows including Breakin' Grounds, Scratch Tactics, The Cypha, Brainstorm, Rec Battles and others. The Krew's graff art could be seen on walls and in galleries such as Evidence at Consolidated Works and the EMP's 'Yes, Yes, Yall' Hip Hop museum and art shows all throughout Seattle. MAD Krew’s release of the Hip Hop documentary video, ‘Enter the Madness’ in 1998, helped expose Northwest Hip Hop to a national audience. Shortly after, member Dirty Dev and others began Hip Hop 101, a live weekly television show on S.C.A.N. Channel 77 / 29. As a platform for emerging artists, Hip Hop 101 TV continues to this day, providing authentic Hip Hop to the masses. As a record label MADK Productions has released various albums, compilations, and mix-tapes on CD and vinyl; including artists Cyphalliance, Abyssinian Creole, DJ Scene, Khazm, Cancer Rising and others.
With a over a decade of community involvement, several members of MAD Krew joined the Universal Zulu Nation in 2003 to establish a Seattle Chapter called 206 Zulu. Zulu Nation is a community-based organization established in 1973 by the Godfather of Hip Hop, Afrika Bambaataa and other Hip Hop pioneers as an international awareness movement for peace, unity, education, justice and self-empowerment.
Today MADK Productions continues to sustain their rich tradition of using Hip Hop as a means to connect people of all walks of life, through business and interpersonal relationships. MAD Krew's influence and accomplishments has helped shape the foundation of Seattle Hip Hop and continues to pave the way for a whole new generation.