N2DEEP

N2DEEP

Biography

N2Deep is a rap group from Vallejo, best known for their 1992 hit single "Back To The Hotel."

Formed in 1989, by Johnny Z (John Zunino), Jay Tee (James Trujillo), and TL (Timothy Lyon). While attending college in Sacramento Johnny Z began producing hip hop music and after graduating and moving back to Vallejo, TL referred Johnny to an inspiring rapper, Jay Tee (James Trujillo). The three began writing and recording hip hop demos and performing live shows originally as 3DEEP. Before long, Johnny Z decided to work strictly behind the scenes and on the music and production end, while Jay Tee and TL performed the vocals and live shows.

In 1990, the group now known as N2DEEP released an up-tempo single on vinyl record and cassette titled “Work That Body” on Rated Z Recordz, a label and production company started by Johnny Z. The single saw some club play and opened the doors for more live shows throughout the Bay Area. By 1992 the group and Rated Z prepared to release an EP, titled Back At The Hotel. Just before the cassette tape and vinyl record were to be released, Johnny decided to send the tape to Cory Robbins of Profile Records. Cory then contacted Steve and offered a production contract to Rated Z for the group. By May 1992 the first single, now titled “Back To The Hotel,” was released on Profile Records. The full length album with the same title was also released, both to eventually receive RIAA certified gold records for sales of over 500,000.

The group enjoyed much success from the single and album and toured the country performing numerous live shows, including KMEL’s Summer Jam on more than one occasion.

In 1993 N2DEEP signed with management company Bust It, and began recording their sophomore album. But before anything from the album could get released, Profile Records was sold and the group was dropped from the label. Bust It quickly released the second album, 24-7-365, with some radio success but never reaching the sales of the previous album.

In 2008 Jay Tee and TL reformed N2Deep and started performing with long time friend Lofty (Joe Battle) followed by local Vallejo artists Mike Mekhalian (Big Mike) - guitarist/ music composer, Andrew Fox - drums, and Gregory Holben - bass (Later to be replaced by Ray B. Williams on bass). The group successfully started performing shows across the Bay Area to promote their upcoming new album titled The Movement. The album was released on November 18, 2008 on Jay Tee's own label 40 Ounce Records. For almost two decades Johnny Z aka JDeville, Jay Tee, and N2Deep have remained an underground presence in Northern California and The Bay Area rap scene, releasing several group and solo albums on their respective independent labels.

On Saturday, January 22, 2011 while visiting with friends and family, Lofty (Joe Battle) and his wife, Tamera, were killed in a motorcycle accident in Vacaville, California.

Discography

N2DEEP - Back To The Hotel

N2DEEP - Back To The Hotel

Profile Records 1992
N2DEEP - 24-7-365

N2DEEP - 24-7-365

Bust It Records 1994
N2DEEP - The Golden State

N2DEEP - The Golden State

Swerve Records 1997
N2DEEP - The Rumble

N2DEEP - The Rumble

40 Ounce Records 1998
N2DEEP - Slightly Pimpish / Mostly Doggish

N2DEEP - Slightly Pimpish / Mostly Doggish

40 Ounce Records 2002
N2Deep - The Best Of...

N2Deep - The Best Of...

40 Ounce Records 2002
N2DEEP - Un-Released Game 1993: The Lost Album

N2DEEP - Un-Released Game 1993: The Lost Album

40 Ounce Records 2002
N2DEEP - The Movement

N2DEEP - The Movement

40 Ounce Records 2008

Guest Appearances

Jay Tee & Baby Beesh - Latino Velvet
  • Brand Nu Playa

Jay Tee & Baby Beesh - Latino Velvet

Swerve Records 1997
Tha Funxsouljaz - Neva Walk Alone
  • Skunk Butta

Tha Funxsouljaz - Neva Walk Alone

Crack Or Jack Records 1998
Bullet - We Gets Perved
  • We Gets Perved

Bullet - We Gets Perved

Eastside, Jus Family Records 2000
Mac Dre Presents Little Bruce
  • Robbin', Stealin', Lootin', Killin'

Mac Dre Presents Little Bruce - California Slim

Thizz Entertainment 2003

Compilations

4080 Compilation Album Vol. 1: Mobbin' Thru The Bay
  • California Lifestyles

Various - 4080 Compilation Album Vol. 1: Mobbin' Thru The Bay

Swerve Records 1996
Heat Compilation
  • Brand Nu Playa

Various - Heat Compilation

Boss Records, Swerve Records 1997
Spread Yo' Hustle
  • You Should Never Be Broke

Various - "Spread Yo' Hustle"

Swerve Records 1997
Da' Unda' Dogg Presents Cloud Nine Production's Fattest Jams Vol. 1
  • Shit N' Da' Game

Various - Da' Unda' Dogg Presents Cloud Nine Production's Fattest Jams Vol. 1

Cavvy R. Records 1997
Assassin - Born And Raised In The Bay
  • Makin Cash 4 Ever

Assassin - Born And Raised In The Bay

Life Or Death Records 1997
P.C.P. Levelz Of The Game
  • Riderz

Various - G-Idez Presents P.C.P. Levelz Of The Game

Keep It Real Records 1998
Various - 3 Beam Circus
  • Out Here Hustlin'

Various - 3 Beam Circus

Swerve Records 1998
Various - Cream
  • Full Time Hustler

Various - Cream

Swervin Entertainment 1998
The Illtip Presents Pounds From Da Underground
  • Skunk Butta

Various - The Illtip Presents Pounds From Da Underground

Eastside Smokes Records, The ILLTIP 1999
Mac Dre Serves You The Rompalation II: An Overdose
  • Howda

Various - Mac Dre Serves You The Rompalation II: An Overdose

Romp Records 1999
3 Beam Circus 2: Connect Game
  • All We Know

Various - 3 Beam Circus 2: Connect Game

S2 Records 1999
Latin Active 2
  • Congratulations

Various - Latin Active 2

SickMix Media 2001
Frost Presents Raza Radio
  • All Night

Various - Frost Presents Raza Radio

40 Ounce Records 2002
Get Wiggy! - Starring Baby Bash
  • Smash On

Various - Get Wiggy! - Starring Baby Bash

Dope House Records, So Quick 2002
Johnny Z's Hardest Hitters
  • V-Town

Various - Johnny Z's Hardest Hitters

Rated Z Recordz 2002
Miami's Collection Of Dope
  • 1st We Drink

Various - Miami's Collection Of Dope

40 Ounce Records 2002
Johnny Z & Young Dru Present 707: The Sequel
  • Dope 4 Sale

Various - Johnny Z & Young Dru Present 707: The Sequel

Rated Z Recordz 2002
On One: The 40 Ounce Album
  • Dope For Sale

Various - On One: The 40 Ounce Album

40 Ounce Records 2004
Bash & Jay Tee Present M.S.U
  • Mary Jane

Various - Baby Bash & Jay Tee Present M.S.U

40 Ounce Records 2011