Dezert Eez (consisting of members O'Nill, 5-Star & Nivek) took shape at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI) and all three members have known each other for close to a decade now. The name Dezert Eez (Desert Eagle) is symbolic of a weapon created in Israel and then later brought to the states to be manufactured; much like the "Original Man." The group's first recording together was "Declaration of War," a rugged, up-close look at street and global affairs, which set the tone for much of their early material.
The trio cut their teeth performing on the local hip-hop circuit for a year and developed a following that enabled Dezert Eez to start performing live outside the area and as there music spread, so did the buzz, as Dezert Eez eventually earned opening duties for artists such as KRS-One, Cappadonna, Dead Prez, Slum Village and Inspectah Deck.
In early 2005, Dezert Eez released its first mixtape, The Realness, which won widespread critical praise that focused especially on the group's lyrics. The buzz leapt to a bigger stage in 2008 when 5-Star teamed up with C-Rayz Walz, Killah Priest (Wu-Tang) and Bronze Nazareth (Wu-Tang) to form The Almighty, which was released on Babygrande Records and featured collaborations with Canibus, Keith Murray, and Planet Asia.
In late 2010, Dezert Eez released their debut LP, Ghettobox, (Dezert Eez released a 'Deluxe Edition' of Ghettobox in early 2012) which featured appearances from Game and Killah Priest and production from Bronze Nazareth. Since then, the group has released two mixtures: First, "Call of Duty: The Black Ops" which featured the likes of Nas, Raekwon, Killah Priest, La the Darkman, Bronze Nazareth among others; it also found the group rocking beats from the likes of One Be Lo, Krohme and fellow member of the Almighty Bronze Nazareth. That was followed up by, "We Own The Summer," which featured appearances One Be Lo, Mike Posner, Mos Def and a remix of the 2011 summer jam by Miguel "Sure Thing".
Both mixtapes continued to receive positive press and as a result Dezert Eez signed with Universal Records to release their forthcoming sophomore LP (and major label debut), Life Illustrated, which is scheduled to be released in September 2012. Dezert Eez will be touring heavily to promote the LP and will be opening up for artists such as Black Milk, Elzhi, Talib Kweli and INS Deck throughout the fall of 2012.
Tracklisting and credits for Dezert Eez "Life Illustrated" LP:
1. Henny On The Rocks Intro (produced by Sky High Beats)
2. Lord Of The Ringz (produced by Sky High Beats)
3. ILLest In The Game (produced by Bronze Nazareth)
4. Cloud 9 (produced by Sky High Beats)
5. Egyptian Musk (produced by Sky High Beats)
6. Black Butta (produced by Sky High Beats)
7. Brickz (produced by Sky High Beats)
8. Black Widow (produced by Sky High Beats)
9. Tonight's The Night (produced by Adam Ivy)
10. Artic Flow Series (AFC) produced by Sky High Beats
11. Dirty Piano Keyz (feat Inspectah Deck/ produced by Bronze Nazareth)
12. Yolonda's Dream (produced by Sky High Beats)
13. It's Time (produced by Sky High Beats)
14. Til Death Due Us Part (produced by Sky High Beats)