Just had the opportunity to throw a few questions at Mr. Brady and Brea of Deep Rooted about their new self-titled album in stores now. The album is their third, and in my opinion, strongest release to date. Deep Rooted features a slew of awesome producers and emcees on the album such as Killah Priest, DJ Rhettmatic, Exile, Blu and more. Check the interview out for an inside scoop and continue to support this posse of hip-hop all-stars.
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Reyn: What’s going on guys? Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions.
Brady: Good lookin’ on reaching out.
Brea: No problem, thank you.
Reyn: Let’s get it started with an introduction, who is Deep Rooted?
Brady: Deep Rooted is Mr Brady, Johaz, Just Brea, DJ Artistic and Cessi and Boosie.
Reyn: How did you guys meet, and when did you decide to form a group?
Brady: We all live in San Diego and have been doing solo projects for years. I met DJ Artistic in like 96. We did album back then. We all knew each other before we hooked up. Johaz had done an EP with DJ Artistic back in the day. Deep Rooted came to be with me Johaz. I was recording an album and asked Johaz to come hop on a track. This was in like 2002. The vibe was good, we did a couple more tracks here and there, I started going to his pad bringing beat CDs through. We started recording and the next thing you know we had an album done. We had a song that we need some singing on a hook and Cessi brought through Brea. It all fit together so well, we never stopped recording. We formed Deep Rooted in 2004. This will be our 3rd album together so far.
Reyn: Your music has a very unique sound; how would you describe it?
Brady: Expressive. We try not to hold anything back. It can be very soulful, truthful, rugged, all that. We try not to get stuck in one style but its hip-hop to the fullest. We try to give you something that will touch your heart, something you can relate too.
Reyn: The new album is dope! What were some of the goals you wanted to achieve with the project?
Brady: Thanks man. Well, we just want to be heard by more people. We don’t want to be slept on. Cats know us but it wouldn’t hurt to touch more people you know. With this album we are just trying to tour the world. Stay on the road. We are known for our live shows, we bring a lot of energy, that’s what we are known for so we just want the world too see.
Brea: First off, thanks, we wanted to get our name heard and recognized on a larger scale visually and sonically.
Reyn: The album seems to blend many different styles and genres of music. Talk about how you mixed so many different sounds and still managed to keep focused.
Brady: Well we don’t want to get stuck in one particular sound, although we are known for our feel good music, that touch your soul music but we try to mix it up a bit. Catch you of guard. We try not to sound the same as our last album. We always try to push it to anther level with every project. I think that’s what keeps us focused plus we love what we do.
Brea: The personalities and vibe of everyone in the group is so different from one another that naturally when mixing them together we got an eclectic sound while staying true to hip-hop.
Reyn: Why did you decide to self-title this album? Seemed a little odd being your third album release as a group.
Brady: We kind of let the music choose for us. We felt like the album was very deep rooted just like our name so we ran with it. The first album was called “A New Beginning.” The second one was “The Second Coming.” It’s just kind of just fit you know.
Brea: Since we are being heard on a larger scale, we wanted to really brand the name.
Reyn: Production on the album was on point. You had guys like Mr. Brady, Exile, DJ Rhettmatic, Moka Only and DJ Artistic on the album. Talk about what went into choosing producers for the album and what these producers brought to the table.
Brady: Well, I always handle the majority of the production in the group. We always like to reach out to other producers too, to switch it up. All the producers on the album are pretty much family. Rhettmatic and Moka Only I’ve known forever, Exile too. We also got these cats from El Centro that’s really dope. They’re some younger cats, G Rocka, he produced our first single “Crazy.” Also our peeps Kas One did a few, he got heat too. Our DJ Artistic always drops a couple of gems on our albums too. We are known for having those beats.
Brea: Mr Brady and DJ Artistic usually take care of the bulk of the production, but we brought other producers to the table to mix the vibe up and everyone we chose is already a veteran in the game so we knew they would all come with it!
Reyn: Talk about working with Blu and Killah Priest and how they got involved in the project.
Brady: Exile brought Blu through when we were working on our first album in 2004 before he even dropped a album. Blu is real cool peeps, real down to earth. He is one of the most talented artists around nowadays. Killah priest, wow! Sha Dula brought him through. Sha knows everybody (laughs). He came in to town to kick it with Sha Dula and brought him through my pad and he knocked out a verse in like two tries or something. He is on point. Priest got mad knowledge. He came through built with us, dropped some gems on us. That’s a real dude right there.
Brea: Johaz has worked with exile numerous times, so they knew each other, Blu had worked with Exile, we had also done some shows together, that’s how we all met, so it just made sense to collaborate with him, Blu is dope! Killah Priest we had met through mutual friend in the hip-hop game, Sha Dula. We had done a few shows with him also, so when he came to SD we had to get him on the album.
Reyn: What can we expect from Deep Rooted in the future?
Brady: Good quality music, lots of shows and more music.
Brea: To promote this album, keep making music, that feel good shit, and staying relevant in the game.
Reyn: Any solo work that we can look out for?
Brady: Everybody is working on solo projects. I have a few projects that are done or I’m working on. I got a compilation called “Labor of Love” dropping soon. It’s my beats featuring Guilty Simpson, Blu, MED, Diamond D, Shawn Jackson, Aloe Blacc, Moka Only, Opio and more. Also I got a album with Moka Only dropping this year called “Mista Mista”. I also have a solo album and an instrumental album. Johaz has a solo album with Exile that he is working on. Brea has a solo deal overseas that she is dropping an EP with. Also Brea and Johaz have an album together called “Beautiful Stranger” dropping soon. Lots of music!
Brea: I have a solo project dropping on Feelin’ Music produced by Chief entitled “Right Time, Right Vibe” It features Abstract Rude, Tajai of Souls of Mischief and Johaz. DJ Artistic is working on his comp and running his DJ Clinics were he teaches young people the ropes and skills of being a good DJ, mixing, blending, producing, equipment and scratching you name it.
Reyn: Thanks again, any closing words for the people before you leave us?
Brady: Just cop the album and support good music especially Indie artist like ourselves. Big up Tajai for making it happen and believing in our music. Peace.
Brea: Get the new album, you won’t regret it. Look out for us to tour in a city near you. Thanks to all our family, friends and fans who have supported Deep Rooted!