R&B - 'Deep' Ready to Take on Jamaica Dancehall


By Heike Wollenweber

Deep-yardflex.jpg"What Kind of Man," brought down the house at Nico Bam Bam's birthday bash at Amnesia nightclub in Ochi, Jamaica. A duplate originally performed on the popular "Drop Leaf" riddim by DEEP, the soul R&B group from Brooklyn, NY is ready to take on Jamaican dancehall.

This is not just another pop group trying to break into the music world—ShoTime (Kenny) and Elijah, the two handsome, 19 year-old, six-foot members of DEEP have paid their dues. Inspired and influenced by music superstars such as Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, the late Tupac and the Notorious BIG, they have crafted their own style through hard work-wrote their own songs, studied several musical instruments and learned to operate in a recording studio-all in a short time. Local PR entertainment outfit, Zion Rock that has done several stints for Jah Cure is pushing DEEP into the music scene here on the island.

Since signing to the independent record label, Tycoon Dynasty LLC in 2003, DEEP has rounded out their act at home and on the road. When they opened the Detroit Music Conference in March, they held the stage for over one hour. It was hard to top that act but DEEP did a few weeks later at BET LIVE in Orlando. And as a treat, they sang at half time at an Orlando Magic game. Their popularity has grown and Miami saw them open the VP Records Memorial Day Show that hosted celebrated reggae stars as Beenie Man, Buju Banton and Sizzla.

DEEP's popular hit single "Favourite Girl" is slated for an early 2006 release. This tune gets the group a standing ovation every time. Along with another club favourite, "Standing On Da Edge," both songs have received air time in several New York clubs and other DJ venues. DEEP is just impressive. They recently won first place three consecutive times at "Amateur Night at the Apollo." Their 18-track debut entitled "Welcome to R&B City," hosted by the well-known DJ Kay Slay has sold over 10,000 copies in the New York tri-state area and has even been played right here in our own backyard by the legendary Stone Love.

We are ready for DEEP to step into our dancehalls to add some of their R&B flavour!