Roll Deep

Roll Deep

Infobox musical artist
Name = Roll Deep Entourage

Img_capt = Roll Deep performing at the 2006 Love Music Hate Racism festival
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Origin = London, England
Genre = Grime
Years_active = 2002-present
Label = Roll Deep Recordings/ Boy Better Know / EMI / Relentless
Associated_acts = Boy Better Know
Current_members = Wiley [MySpace|rolldeepofficial] , JME,Skepta, Flow Dan, Riko, Scratchy, Breeze, Jet Li, Manga, Brazen, Roachee, Target, Danny Weed, DJ Karnage, DJ Maximum, Little Dee, J2k, Killa p
Past_members = Dizzee Rascal, Trim

Roll Deep are a MOBO Award-nominated [cite web
title = Inside tracks: Iron Maiden, Les Mckeown and the Mobo awards
publisher = The Daily Telegraph
date = 2005-08-25
url =
accessdate = 2008-02-20
] London-based grime music collective. They were founded in 2002, by a group of rappers including Wiley. Roll Deep are also closely associated with Boy Better Know with members in both.

Their debut album, "In at the Deep End", was released in June 2005. Three singles were released from the album: "The Avenue", "When I'm 'Ere" and "Shake a Leg". Roll Deep Recordings is their own record label, which they use to distribute their mixtapes. However they were dropped from their label, Relentless, late in 2006. [cite web
title = Ganging Up on Guns
publisher = Evening Standard
date = 2007-02-20
url =
accessdate = 2008-02-20

Roll Deep have been consistent supporters of Love Music Hate Racism and have played at many of the organisations more high profile events including the memorial for murdered teenager Anthony Walker.

In October 2006, Roll Deep participated in a project of Tate Modern museum where various groups and songwriters were invited to choose a work that inspired them from the gallery's collection of modern art and then write a track about it. [cite web
title = Tate Modern gets art soundtracks
publisher = BBC News
date = 2006-09-01
url =
accessdate = 2008-02-20
] Roll Deep's submission, "Searching", was inspired by the Anish Kapoor sculpture "Ishi's Light", and can be heard on headphones in front of the work or on the Tate Tracks website. [ [ Tate | Tate Tracks ] ]


Roll Deep's "In at the Deep End" had few tracks that would be considered grime (because of alternative instrumentation, such as guitars and keyboards, and the speed of the music), and would be classified as closer to Hip hop. However, producers Wiley and Maniac have heavily influenced their latest album, Rules and Regulations, with the majority of the tracks following the rules of Grime and using dark sounding synthesizers and drum machines for instrumentation.



*18 April 2005 "When I'm 'Ere"
*18 July 2005 "The Avenue" #11 UK
*10 October 2005 "Shake a Leg" #24 UK
*18 February 2006 "Heat Up"
*23 April 2007 "Celebrate That"
*14 October 2007 "Racist People"
*29 September 2008 "Do Me Wrong"


* "In at the Deep End" (6 June, 2005), Relentless Records
* "Rules and Regulations" (2007), Roll Deep Recordings
* "Return of the Big Money Sound" (2008), Roll Deep Recordings


External links

* [ More information on Roll Deep]
* [ Music Video masterclass with Mo filming Roll Deep] - BBC Blast
* [ Roll Deep on GrimePedia]

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