Internationally recognized Dutch Hip Hop pioneer bringing classic flavours to a timeless height.
Ever since Hip Hop hit the shores of Northern Europe, a young and eager Deams was there. Dipping into all four elements of Hip Hop, he soon discovered the mic was his weapon of choice. From that moment on he won every rap battle he entered in Holland. The nationwide credibility he earned as a result caught the attention of promoters. This lead Deams to share stages with major US artists. Pioneers in the game, such as LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Ice T, KRS One, De La Soul, and many more. He went on to perform internationally, reaching European cities like Paris, London, Antwerp and Cologne, but also a string of exotic places like Ljubliana, Mallorca and Casablanca.
After developing a taste for touring and performing on big stages, Deams decided to make his first record, 'Dope/Demes Shuffle' with DJ All Star Fresh. The record took off and made him the first Dutch Hip Hop artist to perform in New York. This landed him a promo-feature in the leading Hip Hop magazine of that time, The Source. While on one of his many trips to New York, he met Gangstarr, who showed immediate interest in his skills. The result was another landmark in Dutch Hip Hop history: Deams signed with Gangstarr Productions.
From landmarks and milestones to right now. Deams, still eager and armed with experience, is trodding his own Hip Hop road. As an independent force, he’s unfazed by today’s music industry that demands continuous output. Claiming time for experience and reflection, he only comes out when he actually has something to say. A refreshing work ethic that results in a timeless repertoire in progress: ready for future followers, respected by both fan base and peers.
Some of these peers feature on Deams’ upcoming album ‘The Legacy’, strapped with the force they’re legendary for. None other than Big Daddy Kane, Chuck D, De La Soul, Ice-T, Jeru the Damaja and DJ Premier drop their skills on the record. Their heavyweight rhymes are matched by Deams’ own rough-as-ever here-and-now flows to solid beats. And he can’t wait to bring them to the world. Mixing images of the recorded contributions of his overseas heroes in his live shows, he pushes forward a never seen before style of performance while staying true to his rough style. Deams has no trouble balancing innovation with his own deeply rooted mode.
The start of September sees the anticipated release of his first EP, The Legacy. The EP comes with a full blown comic and it features the single ‘State Your Game’ with living legend Big Daddy Kane. The tune is already travelling the globe, hitting blogs and radio stations the world over – without Deams even approaching them about it! The ‘State Your Game’ single has already lead to an extensive interview on AllHipHop.com, the biggest online website in its genre.
The Legacy album will enter this world as a Trilogy.
Until that time… All those asking themselves if Hip Hop still has much to offer, find their answer in The Legacy.