Teff U Deff takes a stand

Teff U Deff takes a stand

Saturday, November 23, 2019

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Emerging dancehall deejay Teff U Deff knows the pain of losing close friends to gang violence.

“I lost a close friend to gang violence. His name was Rohan Rowe aka Peanut. We grew up together in Eltham Park, Spanish Town. I used to knock on the table to make a beat while he used to sing. He is the one who inspired me the most but unfortunately he lost his life by gunshot in 2011. He just got caught up, but I am carrying on my career in his memory,” Teff U Deff told the Jamaica Observer.

“Years after that, mi lose another friend in the Bronx in an incident. Mi know how dem tings deh go, either yu dead or go a prison. Gang violence is a dead end.”

Hundreds have lost their lives in the Spanish Town, St Catherine area as a result of gang violence. According to data compiled by the Jamaica Constabulary Force Statistics and Information Management Unit, 78 teenagers were arrested for shooting, 148 were arrested for illegal possession of firearm, and 63 for robbery with aggravation in 2018. Nine girls, including a 14-year-old and two 15-year-olds, were arrested after they were allegedly found with illegal firearms, while a 15-year-old boy was arrested for allegedly raping a woman at gunpoint.

“Right now, the crime in Jamaica is driven by juveniles, the young people follow what a gwaan weh dem come see, and they will make wrong choices and decisions while you're young, you can't expect a baby to do the right thing, so the juveniles need direction,” he said.

He is promoting Skaaachy which was released on his U Deff Records Inc label on November 9.

“I am going to release my video for Skaachy. Mi have a Chronic Law Don't Worry on my label on the same riddim,” he said.

Born on November 13, 1985, Teff U Deff (given name Curtis Ricardo Knight) in Spanish Town. He migrated to the United States in August 1998 at 12. He recorded his first song in 1999 in the Bronx, New York and has been honing his skills ever since.

“I am very motivated, I am ready for any challenges and ready to share my musical talent that has been stored for so long. Now is my time,” he said.

His other songs are Real Gyalis, Used To This and Social Media.

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