The group was formed in 1989 in Vallejo, CA by Johnny Z (John Zunino), Jay Tee (James Trujillo), and TL (Timothy Lyon). While attending college in Sacramento Johnny Z began producing hip hop music and after graduating and moving back to Vallejo, TL referred Johnny to an inspiring rapper, Jay Tee (James Trujillo). The three began writing and recording hip hop demos and performing live shows originally as 3DEEP. Before long, Johnny Z decided to work strictly behind the scenes and on the music and production end, while Jay Tee and TL performed the vocals and live shows.
In 1990, the group now known as N2DEEP released an up-tempo single on vinyl record and cassette titled “Work That Body” on Rated Z Recordz, a label and production company started by Johnny Z. The single saw some club play and opened the doors for more live shows throughout the Bay Area. By 1992 the group and Rated Z prepared to release an EP, titled “Back At The Hotel.” Just before the cassette tape and vinyl record were to be released, N2DEEP, Johnny, and then Rated Z consultant, Steve Bernstein decided to send the tape to Cory Robbins of Profile Records. Cory then contacted Steve and offered a production contract to Rated Z for the group. By May 1992 the first single, now titled “Back To The Hotel,” was released on Profile Records and distributed by Landmark Distributors owned by Jeffrey Collins. “Back To The Hotel,” moved up the charts peaking at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100. The full length album with the same title was also released, both to eventually receive RIAA certified gold records for sales of over 500,000.
The group enjoyed much success from the single and album and toured the country performing numerous live shows, including KMEL’s Summer Jam on more than one occasion.
In 1993 N2DEEP signed with management company Bust It, and began recording their second album. But before anything from the album could get released, Profile Records was sold and the group was dropped from the label. Bust It quickly released the second album, 24-7-365, with some radio success but never reaching the sales of the previous album.
After roughly a 3 year hiatus, the group would go on to release The Golden State in 1997 on independent label Swerve Records. In 1998, N2Deep released The Rumble, which was predominately a Jay Tee solo, on which TL only appeared on one song. In 2000, Slightly Pimpish/Mostly Doggish would follow suit as another Jay Tee solo under the N2Deep moniker, this time with no participation from TL. Starting in 2001, Jay Tee dropped the N2Deep moniker and began releasing solo albums under his own name.
In 2008 Jay Tee and TL reformed N2Deep and started performing with long time friend Lofty (Joe Battle) followed by local Vallejo artists Mike Mekhalian AKA "Big Mike" - Guitarist & Producer, Andrew Fox - drums, and Gregory Holben - bass (Later to be replaced by Ray B. Williams on bass). The group successfully started performing shows across the Bay Area to promote their upcoming new album titled "The Movement". The album was released on November 18, 2008 on Jay Tee's own label 40 Ounce Records. For almost two decades Johnny Z aka JDeville, Jay Tee, and N2Deep have remained an underground presence in Northern California and The Bay Area rap scene, releasing several group and solo albums on their respective independent labels.
On Saturday, January 22, 2011 while visiting with friends and family, Lofty (Joe Battle) and his wife, Tamera, were killed in a motorcycle accident in Vacaville, Ca.
N2Deep is a Chicano rap group from Vallejo, California best known for their 1992 hit single "Back to the Hotel."
Pioneering Chicano gangsta rappers N2Deep signed to Profile Records in the early '90s and remained an underground presence in Northern California for the remainder of the decade.
Comprised of James Trujillo (Jay Tee) and Timothy Lyons (TL), the duo debuted with Back to the Hotel (1992) but left the fledging Profile afterward.
N2Deep's successive efforts never quite lived up to their initial promise with Profile; however, the duo continued to release underground albums that fans appreciated, much of the better material distilled for a pair of competing best-of collections, one compiled by Soul Town (1999), the other by 40 Ounce (2002).
Back to the Hotel
Back to the Hotel
V-Town, brother check it out, I'm by the dope town
Dick in hand, you shoulda had your toke down
A little city, chillin in the North Bay
Needless to say, my boyz don't play fool
Yo que sabo, you know how the songs goes?
In the back, sippin purple chongos
Don't look for trouble but it always seems to find us, forty
Gripin panties, sippin, and the seats are right behind us
Quick left, one blow, K.O.
Hit the road to the next episode
In the saga of a few fellows
Oh what the hell, I guess I better tell ya
It's Friday night, I got a brand new kick on
For me to get bent on
Hit the country of the picked up ML
Eighty West, back to the hotel
At the tele, bones is doing butt work
Johnny Ziti had his hand up her miniskirt
The late in the corner started to flirt
And I knew that when she saw me baby doll was gonna jaw me
Set for the night so I took her to my ride
Grab my Mickey's and my boda and I met her outside
Who-ride, I'd like to do this honey to the triple gold Z's
Acid in my bottle, so I gotta get some more
Put the pedal to the metal back to the liquor store
Cause you know what I mean when I'm feelin kinda funky
A sick honky, straight going donkey
Money in my sock, jimmy in my glove
Layin in the livin, cause I'm about to make good love
And burn rubber up the block
Back to the tele, I gotta get some new cock
Ah naw, could it be?
I just got a page an' a broad wanna do me
Hooked it up, told her meet me at the hotel
She had a friend with her so I called TL
Smooth me up, Sally wanted me dicked
And Monty licked, so try an' make it real quick
Ah yeah, I jumped in the F-train
But wait a minute, we gotta hit the store main
I got to get some gum and some Tic-Tac's
Two tall cans and a packet of Blackjack
We got the goods, now we're headed for the hoe down
There goes the tele, so fella won't you slow down
Park the ride in front like a sick one
Just in case, we gotta bust a quick one
Lock the load into eighteen
But law low cause I really don't wanna be seen
Is this the one? Aw yeah, that's the right one
I got the black bod and you got the white one
So hit the light an', I just might man
Try an' throw this thing all night an'
Get her so strung, that she'll drop some melt
So I can catch turf and hit another hotel