Deadman Rashaun is making moves and turning heads with the success of his first single “The Greatness” from his New Album ‘Love, Legacy and Loot.’ The scorching 15-track album features guest appearances from PJ Dakota, Derf da Juganot, Stepready, Vidal Garcia, Celeste, Alex Marie Brinkley, John Jiggs and Wreckcless610 and collectively they bring the heat in true hip hop fashion.
Born L. Duane Williams, Deadman Rashaun grew up in a musical home. His mother, Pastor Inez Cook, wrote music for gospel groups as well as her own, and at a young age, Deadman was writing lyrics to songs. Originally, he was a dancer in a local group, “2 Hype Crew” until one day he heard his childhood friend Tony Ruth aka “Stepready” spiting rhymes. It was a rap after that. Rashaun knew what his calling was. Stepready showed Deadman how to say his lyrics behind a hip hop beat as opposed to church bands, and soon after, he was off to the races. As a twelve-year veteran of the theatre and drama, Deadman originally thought he would be the next Denzel Washington, not the next Big Daddy Kane; nonetheless he quickly started gaining more of a different fanbase with his rapping. People started to take notice. Being on stage was never an issue as his whole teen life was spent performing either in the Arts, dancing at colleges or at high school functions. Once he started rapping, the jitters were minimal. He got the name “Deadman” when he entered in a freestyle contest and he was challenged by thirty-six different mc’s. He “murdered” them all. The host of the show penned him The Deadman, like the grim hip hop music reaper, the one who murders any mc that gets in his way. The name stuck and now the world will be treated to a hip hop artist with substance.
He, along with Stepready formed a rap group call 190 Proof. They added another childhood friend Steve Cannon, aka Swampfox and a cousin, Pat Williams aka Starr, and quickly began to tour all over the South, from Florida to Virginia. Linking up with a local music promoter DJ Caprice, they built a juggernaut. There were offered record deals from Tommy Boy, Profile, and Interscope Records to name a few. After their independent release “Give it to Me” was all over the radio and in the clubs in the South, nothing ever materialized because of the constant fights about money and Caprice wanting larger cuts of the deals offered. The group eventually broke up and for five years, no one from the group was heard from.
Deadman concentrated on learning the business and then formed his own indie label named Pro2Col Records. He released two albums which got moderate success, “Universal” and “The Devil’s Brood” until divorce from then wife had him give up his label. As a free agent, he landed a partnership with Tiffany Gaines, CEO of SSMG/Universal to release music under her label. His newest release Love, Legacy, and Loot is out now and already making waves. The video for his first release The Greatness is out now as well.
Deadman Rashaun has performed at Carnegie Hall, the BET VIP Party, The Grammy’s VIP Party, The Big Apple Club, The Famed Koger Center just to name a few. He has been an opening act for big names such as Masta Ace, MC Lyte, DJ Taz, Mac Villian just to name a few.
The Album: Love, Legacy and Loot
The 15-track set starts off smooth with the track ‘U Know‘ where Rashaun coins the lyrics “Let me holla at your for a minute / chill out, grab a drink while I go handle my business.” ‘U Know’ has a classic Big Daddy Kane vibe to it. “Monaco Money‘ is the second offering and has Rashaun boasting confidently with the lyrics “If you a boss getting money this songs for you / if you a chick getting money yo I see you boo.” Track 4 is the first single “The Greatness” which is just what the title states: Greatness! The vibe, sound and vocals kick hard and its no wonder why it was chosen as the lead single. Other stand out tracks include the R&B/Hip Hop Radio Ready ‘How Do You Want It‘ featuring Derf da Juganot, Stepready and Vidal Garcia; the club banger ‘Ur a Freak‘, ‘Sa Sumthing‘ featuring Celeste & Derf da Juganot and ‘I Get Love‘ which features that classic old school sound. “Love, Legacy and Loot” by Deadman Rashaun offers many styles of Hip Hop and R&B; to Funk and Club bangers. If you’re a fan a great music, make sure you add this to your music list. Highly Recommended as there’s something for everyone on this album. Download today!
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