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Half Deezy / Bio

According to the Urban Dictionary, when something is both dope and easy it’s “deezy”. Rap artist Half Deezy has been in the game long enough to know that in today’s world there’s really nothing in life that’s easy all the time; therefore his stage name Half Deezy. And the journey, well, what a long, strange trip it’s been.

Coming from a military family he spent his early years bouncing from city to city across the U.S.A. trying to find a place he could call home. After his father left the service his final stomping grounds was Las Vegas NV or better known as “Sin City”. By the time he turned 19, Half Deezy had fathered a child. While music was his first priority he decided to serve in the US Army in order to provide for his baby daughter.

Serving in Iraq he was forced to endure the thunder of mortar shelling, fire fights and the unrelenting ravages of war. Completing his tour of duty Half Deezy returned to the states, but not completely unscathed. Diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) the artist now uses his music as a form of self-therapy and a coping mechanism to deal with that crippling condition. Each and every day is a battle.

Fallen King Records (derived from the idea that all men are kings, who though eventually fall, will remain eternal through death) was formed with fellow rapper Kray as an independent label. The debut release, “Good Day”, features seven tracks inspired from Half Deezy’s own hard lived life experiences. It’s a spectacular soundscape that runs the gambit of raw joy to emotional exhaustion. It lives in the moment, calls out the back stabbers, takes a jab at the jealous, chides the envious, damns the darkness and even has a few rhythmic club bangers juxtaposed with Wild West bang-ups thrown in for good measure.

“Good Day” is something you’d expect from an artist who has also worked with legends like Spice 1, Bizzy bone of Bone Thugs N Harmony, someone who was featured on tracks with Daz & Kurupt of DPG (Dogg Pound Gangstaz), or Layzie Bone, and fortunate enough to open up for the legendary group Bone Thugs N Harmony on their 20th Anniversary tour. It has the hooks and the beats. Most importantly it has an unmistakable identity.

Now, after almost ten years of military service Half Deezy is hanging up his uniform to make music a full time job. To paraphrase a speech from the late, great General Douglas MacArthur: Old soldiers never die, but an artist like Half Deezy sure as hell’s not going to fade away anytime soon.”


General Info

Band Members
Ian T. Vandiver aka Half Deezy
Artist Name
Half Deezy
Home Page
Active Since
Hip Hop / Pop / New school

Contact Info

Tampa, FL

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