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Deena Jonez Biography
In the spirit of keeping the legacy of true female emcees alive, Brooklyn born rapper Deena Jonez has emerged in the hip hop scene. With influences such as Mc Lyte, Queen Latifah, Roxanne Shante, and Salt-n-Pepper Deena continues to make big strides for female artists all over the world. Frustrated with the current state of hip hop and the male dominated arena, Deena looks to stand out. "It's difficult being a female rapper. In the 90's you had all these greats who were committed to the art. Now it's like we are an endangered species; almost like we don't exist anymore in hip hop," proclaims Jonez. Nonetheless, this budding rapper dares to bridge the gap between female legends and present time hip hop culture.
Rocking fresh Supras, skinny jeans, a Gucci belt, and a graphic tee shirt, this rapper wears her heart on her sleeve through her songs. With a style reminiscent of her hipster community, she is a hybrid of Williamsburg hipster style matched with the lyrical deftness of a classic 90's rapper. Deena has cultivated a strong fan base who have been with her since the days she went by the name of Medina which means "land of warrior" and was also once known as the slang word for Brooklyn. Inspired by the story of the lead actress in the movie Dreamgirls, the "ME" was dropped and Deena was born.
Over the year, Deena has been hard at work. After releasing Dreamgirl, The Life and Times of Deena Jonez, For the Love of Money, and Deena Takes Control, she has released three more mixtapes entitled Back to the Notebook, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and Cadillac Music. Presently, her fans are anticipating the release of her latest mixtape: Memoirs of a Libra. Although there is only one original beat on this mixtape, Deena has approached these songs as if it were an album and therefore refers to it as the "underground album". Following the release of this mixtape, a full length album will all original beats is in the works.
This talented female lyricist is commanding attention from her fans and has the music industry taking notice of her work. Deena has been featured on "Spit Yo Game" and the BET show The Deal as well as appearances in International Connections DVD, BET's DVD "Born to Ball" hosted by NBA player Paul Pierce, and other prominent hip hop media outlets. Because of her wide exposure in hip hop, Deena has begun writing for other artists overseas as well as being the first artist under her own entertainment company, Mims Music Group, which is named in memory of her mother.
When asked what she is bringing to hip hop, Deena answers, "I'm bringing a breath a fresh air. I'm here to represent women. I feel like I'm the voice for them. Whatever emotion I am going through is evoked in my music and at the end of the day that's what's going to connect me to a lot of people. They can relate and understand because they feel and go through the same things."
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