b. c.1971, Birmingham, West Midlands, England. This Birmingham rapper made an immediate impact with his debut single, ‘Just Watch Me’, which was produced by Cox and Steele of the Fine Young Cannibals. A smooth jazz/R&B-based track, it was inspired more by dancehall reggae than Public Enemy or NWA. The track also featured a vocal contribution from singer Wincey - previously heard on Monie Love’s ‘It’s A Shame’. Deére had turned down a career in professional football and a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to pursue music, signing with music publishers MCA Records and record label Eternal (Warner Brothers Records). He used his advance to build his own studio, but so far has been unable to follow-up the promise of his debut single.
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