Myke Deanz aka Biride Roth is a rapper from South London, UK, who has been crafting his art for around 10 years. He is a founding member of the PDC movement who you may have heard of from documentaries on gangs in the UK.
GetStarRich managed to track him down via BBM and had an interesting chat about South London, Riots, rap music and also watched his new promo video. Before you go in check out this promo below!
GetStarRich: : So For those who aint familiar introduce yourself in no more than 3 sentences...
BIDIE ROTH:MYKE DEANZ: I go by the name of Birdie Roth/ Myke Deanz PDC.. 1 of the founding members of PDC..
GSR: : & PDC stands for?
BR:MD: : It stands for a few things.. Peel Dem Crew, Poverty Driven Children, Public Demand Cartel.. Bang bang lol
GSR: : Doing it for the peoples!
BR:MD: : Yep.. We tend to do things most people are scared of doing i.e. going against the powers that be
GSR: : Kind of like a conscious movement?
BR:MD: : Nah not really.. We just organised so people see us as a threat.. But we just hear to make gd music ya dig lol..
GSR: : I hear that... I got a few PDC cd's in the collection... I was kind of wondering when we would get round to the music!
BR:MD: : What people tend to forget or get twisted about us is that. We started doing music as a path away from the street life. Some people saw us and thought wow. Real gangstas - doin music thats cool. Now everybody and their mother wants to rap. Doing it the other way around....Rappers tryna be gangsta..
GSR: : That's a problem for me, I feel that it makes misrepresentation of music & the message easy for the press...How long have U been rapping for?
BR:MD: : Me? Rapping? On and off for bout 10 yrs. I'm not like all the other artist.. I'm a rapper for about 2months a year lol.. That's when I get the "bug" and record a lot.. Put out a cd.. Then I do my normal life stuff & I usually write on the spot..
GSR: : I can hear a lot of life themes in your music...
BR:MD: : My cds tend to be my past year in music.. I try to switch it up a lil but keep it "Roth.."
GSR: : Haha... Roth as in the Rothschilds?
BR:MD: : Nah lol. Roth as in Birdie Roth.. My style.. Melodic.. I play a lot with melodies in my music. A lot of people don't know that I produce as well
GSR: : You learn something every day! I just did. Rapper & Producer... 10 years of music is a long time... I can see the timeline, kinda makes sense especially as the footage from your recent video is from the brixton riots
GSR: : How did that event affect you
BR:MD: : Well I was born the year of the first riots.. Which makes me 21 haaa.. But seriously.. It instilled that "spirit" which is evident in us.. Our parents where involved in that riot.. And the last set of riots that happened in 2001.. We was on the frontline lol
BR:MD: : The police killed and unarmed man outside jaja's front door.. We wasn't having that...
GSR: : That rebel spirit is obviously in the bloodline. Based on the reasons for the events in the 80's and 2001, Do U feel that the students of today have got a real reason to riot?
BR:MD: : I feel that the students are fighting for their rights.. This nation has become a nation of whingers.. That do nothin but complain.. So the government will do as they please.. Now that the student have got that "spirit" in them.. The authorities are shocked.. We need more people standing up for their beliefs or we just gonna be dictated
GSR: : Do you think that it will make a difference at all?
BR:MD: : Not an immediate difference but trust me they taking more notice than them green peace protestors that were camping outside parliment.. Lol
GSR: : Yep! And they camped outside parliment for YEARS... Back to the video... You got 2 videos sandwhiched together... Who's the fella in the first video with you?
BR:MD: : That's @NajaSozePDC for people that don't know.. That's @JajaPDC lil bro. They are actually 2 different videos.. Ima release the 1st half abit later down
GSR: : I'm sure people will be looking out for it... South London seems to be the hotbed for rap movements. PDC, So solid, Sn1 etc...
BR:MD: : Yh I think so.. All 3 of the above has brought something to the table that has improved the rap scene over here.. I really don't like sayin uk rap.. Or the "U" word
GSR: : Lol... Say no more. What is it about South London that makes such good music?
BR:MD: : I feel its because we do what comes natural.. I feel other type of artiste try to jump on any bandwagon that's going.. And they get lost..
GSR: : There you have it. I always thought South had the best rappers... East best grime emcees. But that's just a general statement.
BR:MD: : That's true. When it comes to grime they have that on lock.... All the best to them. Lol ... But when they get nominated for rap awards I find it offensive
GSR: : Lol... I take it from that you would do grime?
BR:MD: : Me do grime? Nah.. It would have to be a crossover track where grime meets rap..
GSR: : Haha... I see your angle, is there any1 in particular U might collab with?
BR:MD: : Even tho I'm not really into grime I do admire some of their artist that actually do grime. I haven't reached out to none of them yet as I feel that I'm still learning my craft.. But if/when I do.. It would be artist such as Ghetts.. He's the grime ambassador for me..
GSR: : Ok ok, I like to hear that track when it happens... While we on the subject of names... U got any shout outs?
BR:MD: : Just wanna shout out my close musical fam.. PDC of course.. Young Juvee.. Mdot-E and star muzik fam.. Free my boy Clue GoodFellaz.. Shout outs to Big Bad Blue and the industreetz entertainment.. My M1st fam.. Tyke and Versa my beat suppliers.. Sir Mykal Million Esq.. Lol shout out to the north weez.. My east side fam slim and megz.. 1 luv 2 everybody pushing..
GSR: : BIG! I think that's a wrap ya know ....Unless there ws anything else U wanted 2 mention
BR:MD: : Yh..
BR:MD: : STREETZ IZ WATCHING *Birdie Roth & Young Juve* mix cd is gonna be available for free download REAL SOON!!! Also check out PDC Radio @ www.PDCEnt.com
BR:MD: : Bang..