"Damone Walker (Born May 5, 1981) better known by the stage name DeeWunn, is a Jamaican Emcee, songwriter and performer. Introduced by Jamaican Dancehall group Ward 21, the Jamaican rapper is known for his rapid fire flow, his style interchangeably fuses an exotic blend of Hip-Hop and Jamaican Patois.
It started with a dare.
DeeWunn was a seasoned MC who’d been dominating rap battles in Jamaica for years. A friend bet him he couldn’t do a dancehall track. So the Kingston-born artist hit the studio to prove him wrong.
The result was dancehall fire, “Mek it Bunx Up” “Bunx” swept clubs worldwide and has garnered more than 24,000,000 streams on Spotify, and 100,000,000 views on YouTube. The track went to #1 in far-flung places, revealing an unexpected passion for reggae’s stripped down, dance-inducing cousin around the globe. The song is still going strong, with rumors of a potential remix from DJ Fresh with Iggy Azalea surfacing from time to time.
One listen to DeeWunn’s tracks makes it obvious why his music has caught on: DeeWunn’s flow and delivery with the elastic pulse of the beats merge the best of dancehall and hip hop, making it absolutely impossible to sit still. That’s all part of the plan. “This music is brought to life by dancers, and making people dance is what it’s all about,” notes DeeWunn.
Los Angeles-based music incubator and globally influential label Waxploitation jumped at the chance to sign the dancehall sensation. “DeeWunn has such a unique style and presence on the world stage, and we’re here to help him explore new collaborations”, says Waxploitation founder Jeff Antebi. “We’ve been introducing him to collaborators in London, Lagos, Mexico City, Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro to prepare a slew of new singles.”
The first single is the infectious, street-level “Back It Up, Drop It” featuring the production chops of Rio’s favela mainstay Leo Justi, who has previously collaborated with MIA, Phantogram + Danny Brown, and more. “Back It Up, Drop It” debuted as the soundtrack to global Samsung Galaxy S10 commercial and was featured as a Today’s Top Tune on the critically acclaimed U.S. radio station KCRW.