The Real 'Dealz'

Monday, May 02, 2011



Hellurrrr Lovebugs!
I know it's been a minute, but trust me, this blog post means more to me than you can ever know. I swore I was done with spotlighting non-mofos until this opportunity fell into my lap.


If you follow me on twitter, or hell pay close enough to my blogs, then you already know that I am a huge fan of the black folks royal fam.

Still clueless?

Lemme give you another hint.. without the vision of a crane operator from Gary, Indiana and a woman of strength, wisdom and nurturing, today’s entertainment world would be completely different. **ill wait while you think about that**

Still clueless?

Well, for those of you that aren’t on the shawt bus, yes you got it..I’m talking about THE JACKSONS!<------ insert an ear piercing squeal here!

First let me explain why this is huge to me, growing up I knew there was one thing that I wanted to do more than anything in this world and that was to work in television or radio. I also knew that my goal was to one day interview one of the Jacksons, more specifically, Michael Joseph Jackson. He's the man that showed every last one of us that hard work, dedication and talent can make dreams come true. The man that showed us that its possible to break down barriers and make a name for ourselves, and to help those that are less fortunate. On a more personal level, MJ showed me that its okay to be creative and to follow your vision despite the naysayers. Look at all of his groundbreaking short films, dance moves, his life in general. So for that alone, that man meant a lot to me and it pushed me every time someone called me (and ya’ll mofos still do) weird, or crazy, or whatever.. As any budding journalist, I did the research on the entire family, but unfortunately, I never got the chance in this lifetime to meet or talk to the man I admired. So with that being said, being able to talk to one of his family members is HUGE..


Needless to say, I got my networking on and I got the opportunity to chat with one of the Jacksons, and let me tell you, I was a complete nervous wreck ALL DAY.. but once we got the ball rolling on the convo, I felt completely at ease (after all, in my head we're family...). Since this blog is a bit longer than the guest blog I did for www.sound-savvy.com, (make sure you check it out) this one will be a 2 part blog. So without further ado.. Here's part one:

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Poetry In Motion: The Real Dealz by Shameika Rene'

Allow me to introduce to you a man that has effortlessly captured the essence of what it means to pour your heart and soul into your craft. He’s not the soft spoken type of Jackson that we are all used to, instead, Siggy Jackson better known as Dealz is probably that one Jackson that they don’t want you to know about. He’s the Jackson that you just never know what he might say, but ultimately, Dealz is one of the nicest, most down to earth type of guys that I’ve EVER had the pleasure of talking to, and actually enjoyed the conversation.

Dealz is the son of Jackie Jackson, yes, ya’ll...that means the late undisputed King of Pop, Michael Jackson is his uncle, but slow ya roll, that’s not the point of the blog.

Who is Dealz?

I’m glad you asked..

Dealz Jackson is a talented rapper and songwriter, motorcycle and car enthusiast, and a pretty normal guy. (and if I can help it..nevermind….this ain't about that right now..I digress..)

In a family full of singers, Dealz was the one that ventured into his own lane, “when we did talent shows when I was a kid, in front of my aunts and uncles, that’s nerve wracking enough, but everyone else was singing and I always rapped. Singing has never been my strong suit, and I won’t hide behind a façade and say it is. Besides, rap is in my heart, to me it’s more poetic,” says Dealz. “Rap has always been considered as gangsta music, but it’s actually just more passionate than anything.”

And boy does Dealz have a way with words. His new single “ That's How I Feel” features his father Jackie and his uncle Jermaine Jackson. (if you know what I know, you’ll run to iTunes right now and purchase it cuz its fiyyyaaaahhhh!!) Combined with their smooth sultry timeless vocals, Dealz adds lyrics that give off a sensual poetic vibe “My father and uncle came to me with the song already finished, they said they didn’t know what else to do with it, so I said, let me have it, I know exactly what to do with it. The song is me basically telling my father how I feel about women. You don’t have to call women names and demean and degrade them just to have a song.”


I swear this song has me feeling some kind of way every time I listen to it, and no I won’t share those feelings, that’s between me and God and Dealz (yes I told him, don’t judge me). He also writes all of his songs, “there’s no Milli Vanilli stuff going on over here, I do it all.” *swoon*

Dealz is one lucky guy, he has the opportunity of a lifetime that most artists will never get to witness up close and personal, and that is the Jackson magic in the studio, “It’s a great feeling watching my father and uncle work together again after all these years, seeing them being able to pull everything together is awesome.”

His album isn't expected to drop until sometime over the summer, but a few more singles will be released first. (no I'm not telling you which ones.. you have to WAIT for it like the rest of the world).. However, Dealz promises me that a hot video for the single, “That's How I feel” is on the way. (Dang it..I was hoping I could make a cameo and be his video chick, eh well…maybe next time )

Don’t think that Dealz just hopped into the music game because of who his family is, “Music has always been a part of me, but I decided to pursue it because I wanted to bring a change to music. It’s not about the money or material things, for me music is more about helping others, if they get something out of the music, then I’ve done my job”...spoken like a man that knows how to follow his heart and passion.


Despite being a Jackson, Dealz is all about paving his own way. “Nothing has ever been handed to me; I have worked hard for everything that I have. I went through a lot to get here. I started out doing street promotions for artists and have worked my way up from there, it’s important that I do continue to represent my family, but more importantly continue to respect the name and brand that they have worked to build.”


Dealz listens to all kinds of music, and just like me, he loves old school music, but for who he’d like to work with in the future he says, “it’s hard to pick out a couple of artists because there is so much talent out there. It comes down to who wants to work with me, and who the Lord picks to work with me.” lawd ya'll.. that man.. just .. whew.. fine, talented, and loves the Lord **passes out**


This my friends..is the end of part one.. but until I post part deux (that's 2 for the shawt bus folks) you can follow Dealz on twitter @OfficialDealz and catch him and his father Jackie on the Monique Show on May 4th at 11pm on BET...

Ya'll stay classy!

Meik..

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4 comments

  1. Great post. Keep up the good work!

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  2. Karla Woods-StephensMay 3, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Wow...I am so proud of you. This is a great "article." You should shop the complete work to magazines! Can't wait til you installment #2.

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  3. aww go head! Ms. Jackson if ya nasty!

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  4. Great article. Very inspring to new journalists

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