Words By Angel L.Quiles Jr.
Photos by Owen Duckett and Toni Smailagic
The state of Tennessee has birthed some of the most electrifying acts in music history such as Elvis Presley, Justin Timberlake, and the 3-6 Mafia. Jarrah Dequien from Morristown, Tennessee is poised to become the next electrifying musician from this hub of musical genius.
Jarrah is an African American hip-hop artist with a flare for the dramatic. His 6’3 frame draws audiences to look at him. His rap-glam style mesmerizes your senses. Then he starts banging his drum on stage, and you are engaged before any of his venomous rap lyrics are spoken. The beat drops, and Jarrah takes off like a majestic black panther through the woods. Using witty punch lines and heart wrenching lyrics, this wordsmith brings you on an impactful journey through his life. His energy on stage is exuberant and forces spectators to shake their butts. His hooks have more bait than Bass Pro Shops, and you find yourself stuck on them before the song is through. He is not a rapper who shouts his lyrics stabilized on stage with the help of a hype man. Jarrah is an entertainer who engages audiences from all angles, and stares deep into their souls. He states,
“Entertaining is my life, I want people to remember their experience when I perform, It’s what I live for”
Jarrah has always had the gift of showmanship. As a youngster he dominated and won a plethora of talent shows though elementary, and high school. Mr. Dequien also had the privilege to perform at various proms, formals and parties. High school was a great experience for Jarrah musically and educationally, so he decided to further his maturation by taking his talents to Middle Tennessee State University.
In college he bought his first music production equipment. This helped him learn about his craft and dominate the music scene on campus. All of the frats wanted him to perform, and Jarrah obliged as much as possible. He rocked the frat houses frequently at parties up and down fraternity row. However, envy and jealousy follows even the most humble of souls. Jarrah’s music equipment was stolen in the last legs of his collegiate career. Nonetheless, he fought through it, and didn’t let it deter him from earning his bachelors degree.
After graduation Jarrah set his sights on his musical career and left Tennessee for Chicago, Illinois. In the Windy City Jarrah started a rap group called Cosmic with a female hip-hop artist. They performed all over Lincoln Park, and Wicker Park at various music venues. The group didn’t last but it didn’t stop him from writing or recording. He believes,
“Being in a group taught me the value of collaboration,”
Moreover, his experience in Chicago showed him that people liked his eccentric style of entertaining, and that he could execute his exotic ideas. He exclaims,
“I see myself as unique kind of like Kanye sees himself. I respect him because he’s not scared to put his raw feelings, and ideas into his music”
Therefore, he decided that his next step would be moving to the land of acceptance, New York City.
In New York he’s been tearing up the Lower East Side, East Village, and Williamsburg music scenes. In May of 2014 at Club Pyramid in the East Village, he won best artist at their annual music showcase for unsigned talent. It was a huge step for Jarrah and helped him generate substantial buzz on the New York underground hip-hop scene. The performance also won him a free flight to the Bahamas.
In November of 2014 he put on an exhilarating show at Bizarre Bushwick in Brooklyn, New York. The event included some amazing surprises on-stage such as, a fire-breather, rock band, back up singers, and his personal drummer Tim Fountain.
If you have never seen Jarrah Dequien take over a stage your missing out on one of hip-hop’s rising dynamos. However, those of you in the New York area will have a chance to see him on Wednesday, January 28th in Sounds of Brazil(SOB’s) at 8pm. He will be performing his lead single “I’m Yours” as well as other songs from his debut double album “Forever 27” and “Momentum” SOB’s is located at 204 Varick street in SOHO, New York City.
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