Consisting of 5-Star, O’Nill & Nivek, Dezert Eez formed at Western Michigan University, located in Kalamazoo, MI (the “Microbrew Capital”) and after performing on the local circuit for a year, the trio began making waves in Detroit’s underground scene.
In early 2005, Dezert Eez released its first mixtape, The Realness, which won widespread critical praise that focused especially on the group’s lyrics. The buzz helped them earn a raft of high-profile outside gigs, including shows with KRS-1, Dead Prez, Slum Village and a mini tour with Wu Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck.
Dezert Eez leapt to a bigger stage in 2008 when 5-Star teamed up with C-Rayz Walz, Killah Priest, and Bronze Nazareth to form The Almighty. The album also featured hip hop legends Canibus, Keith Murray, and Planet Asia. In 2009, Dezert Eez inked a deal with Universal and released their debut album Ghettobox.
Since then, the group has released two mixtapes, Call of Duty: The Black Ops, which featured Raekwon, Killah Priest, La the Darkman, One.Be.Lo and Bronze Nazareth and We Own the Summer which featured One.Be.Lo, Mike Posner and Mos Def.
The name Dezert Eez (Desert Eagle) is symbolic of a weapon created in Israel and then later brought to the states to be manufactured much like the Original Man. The group’s very first recording together was entitled “Declaration of War,” and now with their new upcoming album Magnificent Swords and Fly Jewelz, Dezert Eez comes full circle with the projects lead-single “Riot Gear” featuring Dead Prez.
Dezert Eez’s Magnificent Swords and Fly Jewelz will be released this fall.