Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Since the beginning of rap, the chemistry of 2 emcees together has resulted in some of hip hop’s classic masterpieces. Albums like Eightball & MJG’s “Coming Out Hard”, UGK’s “Ridin’ Dirty” and Outkast “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik” proved that Southern emcees can indeed create powerful music with lyrics to match.
2Deep, a group hailing from the streets of Memphis is another duo on the verge of the doing the same. Cousins by blood and emcees by name, L’Daialogue DiCaprio and High Ruler King Cane got their start at Trezevant High School. Between classes, rap music became the escape from the harsh realities of the Frayser neighborhood they stayed in North Memphis. During lunch periods and talent shows, they could be found rapping with a fierce intensity and calculated precision that could only be described as mesmerizing by whoever was fortunate enough to hear their ciphers.
Eventually, the poetry they reserved for lunchroom ciphers made there way into L’Daialogue’s home studio. After years of peddling TDK tapes and cds exclusively in their neighborhood and beyond, they decided to take their music to another level.
Their debut release, Brothaz of tha’ Struggle, is one that has just as much symbolic currency as street style that shows an internal struggle that is greater than just the city of Memphis. Stemming from the title, this duo ties soulful production with lyrics of conscious relevance and urban intensity. The first single, “The City of Playaz and Macs” gives an indication of a special dichotomy of street reality when their lyrics connects the symbolism from the landmarks of the Memphis-Arkansas bridge and the Pyramid located on the Mississippi River. With the single’s xylophone-laced rhythm and rolling bass line, 2 Deep will leave an impression that varies from many others in rap today. They definitely plan to obtain greatness through their struggle and they hope to achieve a deeper level of consciousness through their poetry.