Roll Deep

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Roll Deep
RollDeep.jpg
Roll Deep performing at the Love Music Hate Racism Festival in Barnsley
Background information
Origin Bow, London, England
Genres Grime, British hip hop
Years active 2002–2013 (on hiatus)
Labels

Roll Deep Records (2002-Present)
Virgin Records (2005-2010)
Relentless Records (2005-2010)
Cooking Vinyl Records (2012)

Relentless Records (2013)
Associated acts Jodie Connor, Alesha Dixon, Tania Foster, Boy Better Know
Website www.rolldeepofficial.com
Members Wiley
Scratchy
Flow Dan
Breeze
Brazen
Manga
Riko
DJ Target
DJ Karnage
J2K
Tania Foster
Past members Dizzee Rascal
Tinchy Stryder
Biggie Pitbull
Dom P
Wonder
Jamakabi
Bubbles
DJ Bionics
Jet Le
Trim
Roachee
DJ Maximum
Syer Bars
Skepta
Jammer
Danny Weed
Killa P
Little Dee

Roll Deep are an English grime music collective. They were founded in 2002, by rappers which include Wiley. Roll Deep were also closely associated with Boy Better Know with members in both. Their debut album, In at the Deep End, was released in June 2005. Four singles were released from the album: "Heat Up", "The Avenue", "When I'm 'Ere" and "Shake a Leg". Roll Deep Recordings is their own record label, which they use to distribute their mixtapes. They won an Urban Music Award[1]

Their second album Rules and Regulations was released in 2007, followed by the release of Return Of The Big Money Sound in 2008. Current member Wiley and former members Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder have gone on to be successful solo artists in the UK and even the U.S., with songs that have topped charts. The group got their first UK number 1 single with the song "Good Times" in May 2010 and the group's second UK number 1 single was "Green Light" in August 2010. Their next single was "Take Control", featuring R&B singer Alesha Dixon, which charted at number 29 on 7 November 2010.[2] Roll Deep release their new single 'Picture perfect' (produced by Agent X) peaking at #19 in the indie charts. They released their fifth studio album in 2012 before entering an indefinite hiatus in 2013.

History[edit]

Roll Deep have been consistent supporters of Love Music Hate Racism and have played at many of the organisation's more high profile events[citation needed] including the memorial for murdered teenager Anthony Walker, and released a single and video of "Racist People", from the Rules and Regulations LP.

In October 2006, Roll Deep participated in a project of Tate Modern museum where various groups and songwriters were invited to choose a work that inspired them from the gallery's collection of modern art and then write a track about it.[3] Roll Deep's submission, Searching, was inspired by the Anish Kapoor sculpture Ishi's Light, and can be heard on headphones in front of the work or on the Tate Tracks website.[4]

Roll Deep have appeared on BBC 1Xtra on numerous occasions. Members that appeared on the show include Wiley, Scratchy, Flow Dan, Breeze, Brazen, Riko and Manga. In later years the groups work began to take a more mainstream orientated approach which lead to members such as Riko and Flowdan becoming less active within the crew. In march 2014 Flowdan confirmed in an interview on Rinse FM the group's current hiatus and discussed the lack of drive from other members to work on music collectively.[5] However many members of the crew are still active as solo artists and none have ruled out a return to writing music together in the future.

Current members[edit]

  • Wiley – The leader of the crew/group/collective.[6] Formed the crew and has featured on many Roll Deep songs. Achieved his first number-one's with the group in 2010 with song's Good Times and Green Light.[6] Wiley has announced via Twitter that he is still a member of Roll Deep and always will be, but won't feature on the album in 2012. [7]
  • Scratchy – One of the founder members of Roll Deep from 2002. Featured on many Roll Deep tracks like "When I'm 'Ere", "Badman" & "Club 7". He also featured on Roll Deep's number-one singles 'Good Times' and 'Green Light'. He has a distinctive flow.[6]
  • Flow Dan – One of the founder members of Roll Deep from 2002. Features on many Roll Deep tracks like 'Celebrate', 'Heat Up' & 'Club 7' Has a deep voice and speaks in patois, although the accent is not as strong as Riko's.[6]
  • Breeze – One of the founder member's of Roll Deep from 2002. Older brother of fellow Roll Deep member Brazen. He featured on Roll Deep's number-one single's 'Good Times' and 'Green Light'. Known for witty lyrics and distinctive style.[6][6]
  • Brazen – Member of Roll Deep from 2004, and younger brother of Breeze. He featured on Roll Deep's number-one singles 'Good Times' and 'Green Light'. Known for his aggressive voice on the mic.[6]
  • Manga – Member of Roll Deep from 2004. Featured on Roll Deep tracks "When I'm 'Ere" & "Do Me Wrong".[6][6] Has a speedy, jumpy flow.
  • Riko - Member of Roll Deep from 2004. Well known for his distinctive and sometimes very aggressive style of rapping in Patois. Took a back seat from the crew in early 2010 to concentrate on his solo career, though he has stated on Twitter he will never leave Roll Deep.
  • DJ Target – Long-time member of Roll Deep from 2002. Main Producer and DJ of Roll Deep. Made the instrumentals for many Roll Deep tracks.[6]
  • DJ Karnage - Long-time member of Roll Deep from 2002. He is the cousin of former member Trim, and Roll Deep's main DJ. A former Roll Deep MC.[6]
  • J2K – Member of Roll Deep from 2008, although he did feature on track "Good Girl" on there 2005 album "In At The Deep End". At the age of 22, he has featured on many Roll Deep tracks, including number-one single's 'Good Times' and 'Green Light'.[6]
  • Tania Foster - Member of Roll Deep from 2011. Before joining, she was featured on the group's number-one single 'Green Light.[8]

Past members[edit]

  • Dizzee Rascal – Original joint founder of Roll Deep with Wiley in 2002, but left Roll Deep in 2003 after the Ayia Napa stabbing incident. Featured on tracks "Bounce", "U Were Always", "We Roll Deep Regular" and "Eskimo Vocal". He is now one of the most well-known grime artist in the UK, with five number-ones.
  • Tinchy Stryder – Early member of Roll Deep from 2002, but left in 2005 to form his own grime crew Ruff Sqwad and focus on his solo career. Back then he had a high pitched voice, and featured on Roll Deep's 2004 mixtape Creeper Vol. 2 and performed on some songs including "U Were Always" in 2002, which was released years later on Roll Deep's compilations album Street Anthems in 2009. Has since recorded many top 40 hits including two number-ones.
  • Biggie Pitbull - Also known as Pitbull T, he was an early member of Roll Deep from 2002. He featured on tracks 'Bounce' as well as 'Poltergeist Relay' and other songs. Had an angry voice. He was Wiley's cousin. Left the group in 2004.
  • Dom P - Early member of Roll Deep from 2002, who was the brother of Danny Weed. He did not MC; instead he was a singer. He featured on the song 'They Should Know'. Left the group in 2004.
  • Wonder - Early member of Roll Deep from 2002. Wonder was a producer for the group, but he left in 2004. He now no longer produces grime.
  • Jamakabi – Early member of Roll Deep from 2002, he featured on many tracks like 'Terrible', 'Roll Deep Regular' & 'Bounce'. He left the group in 2004, after a disagreement with Wiley.
  • Bubbles - Early member of Roll Deep from 2002, but left the group in 2004. He featured on the song 'Bounce' amongst others.
  • DJ Bionics - Early member of Roll Deep from 2002. Bionics was one of the DJ's for the group, but left in 2004 to DJ in support of his cousin Kano.
  • Trim – Member of Roll Deep from 2004, featured on tracks 'Heat Up' and 'When I'm 'Ere'. Has an off-kilter, poetic flow. He left the group in 2006, after a disagreement with Flow Dan.
  • Roachee – Member of Roll Deep from 2004, joined the group the same time as his cousin Trim. Featured on 'When I'm Here'. He left the group in 2006, as he was sent to prison.
  • DJ Maximum - Member of Roll Deep from 2004. Maximum was one of the DJ's for the group, but left in 2006 to focus on other grime crew Boy Better Know.
  • Syer Bars – Member of Roll Deep from 2004. Syer didn't feature on any Roll Deep tunes. He has a deep, gritty, cockney, slow-paced flow. He left the group in 2004, after a disagreement with Trim.
  • Skepta - Member of Roll Deep from 2006, but left in 2007 to concentrate on his own grime crew Boy Better Know and his solo career. Skepta appeared on Roll Deep's album Rules and Regulations and featured on the hit 'Celebrate'. Has since recorded many top 40 hits.
  • Jammer - Member of Roll Deep from 2006, joined the group the same time as Skepta. Appeared on Roll Deep's album Rules and Regulations and featured on tracks 'Ride or Die Chick' and 'Bring Ur Crew Then'. Left the group in 2007 to focus on other grime crew Boy Better Know.
  • Danny Weed - Long-time member of Roll Deep from 2002. He was a producer for the group, but left in 2010.
  • Killa P – Member of Roll Deep from 2006, and the cousin of Roll Deep member Flow Dan. Killa P's flow is like Riko's, he MC's in patois. Featured on the track "Club 7". Left the group in 2010.
  • Little Dee – Member of Roll Deep from 2008. He featured on one Roll Deep track 'Give Up', but left the group in 2008 on good terms to pursue his own solo career.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilation album[edit]

(Timeline)[edit]

2002-2003[edit]

The Original and First line up of Roll Deep:

  • Wiley
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Tinchy Stryder
  • Scratchy
  • Flow Dan
  • Breeze
  • DJ Target
  • DJ Karnage
  • Danny Weed
  • Jet Le
  • Biggie Pitbull
  • Dom P
  • Wonder
  • Jamakabi
  • Bubbles
  • DJ Bionics
  • Adam Killen

2004-2005[edit]

Second line up of the group:

Once Dizzee Rascal, Tinchy Stryder, Biggie Pitbull, Dom P, Wonder, Jamakabi, Bubbles & DJ Bionics left the group, Wiley brought in 7 new members for their 2005 album "In At The Deep End".

  • Wiley
  • Scratchy
  • Flow Dan
  • Breeze
  • DJ Target
  • DJ Karnage
  • Danny Weed
  • Jet Le
  • Brazen - Joined the group in 2004
  • Manga - Joined the group in 2004
  • Riko - Joined the group in 2004
  • Trim - Joined the group in 2004
  • Roachee - Joined the group in 2004
  • DJ Maximum - Joined the group in 2004
  • Syer Bars - Joined the group in 2004

2006-2007[edit]

Third line up of the group:

Once Jet Le, Trim, Roachee, DJ Maximum & Syer Bars left the group, Wiley brought in 3 new members for their 2007 album "Rules and Regulations".

  • Wiley
  • Scratchy
  • Flow Dan
  • Breeze
  • DJ Target
  • DJ Karnage
  • Danny Weed
  • Brazen
  • Manga
  • Riko
  • Killa P - Joined the group in 2006
  • Skepta - Joined the group in 2006
  • Jammer- Joined the group in 2006

2008-2010[edit]

Fourth line up of the group:

Once Skepta & Jammer left the group, Wiley brought in 2 new members for there 2008 album "Return of the Big Money Sound".

  • Wiley
  • Scratchy
  • Flow Dan
  • Breeze
  • DJ Target
  • DJ Karnage
  • Danny Weed
  • Brazen
  • Manga
  • Riko
  • Killa P
  • J2K - Joined the group in 2008
  • Little Dee - Joined the group in 2008

2010-2012[edit]

Fifth and Current line up of the group:

Once Danny Weed, Killa P & Little Dee left the group, Wiley replaced them with female R&B singer Tania Foster.

  • Wiley
  • Scratchy
  • Flow Dan
  • Breeze
  • DJ Target
  • DJ Karnage
  • Brazen
  • Manga
  • Riko
  • J2K
  • Tania Foster - Joined the group in 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ the same year."Inside tracks: Iron Maiden, Les Mckeown and the Mobo awards". The Daily Telegraph. 25 August 2005. Retrieved 20 February 2008. 
  2. ^ Tigo Sigel (16 September 2010). "NEWS : Roll Deep Hook-Up With Alesha Dixon For New Single". RWD. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  3. ^ "Tate Modern gets art soundtracks". BBC News. 1 September 2006. Retrieved 20 February 2008. 
  4. ^ Tate | Tate Tracks
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iauCQy3yiro
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Roll Deep's Biography - iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  7. ^ http://twitter.com/#!/Wiley__
  8. ^ "Ask Roll Deep - Tania Foster". YouTube. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 

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