Interview: Getting real with Siggy 'Dealz' Jackson

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Dealz Jackson

From their humble beginnings in Gary, Ind., to their rise to the top of the pop charts, the Jackson family has been a force to be reckoned with for decades. Their contribution to music has helped shaped the industry over the years — and they show no signs of stopping. The Jackson's new generation is moving into the spotlight, but one in particular is venturing into his own lane ... by stepping outside of the singing roots of the family. Siggy "Dealz" Jackson, son of original J5 member Jackie, is introducing the Jackson flavor to the world of hip-hop.

“Music has always been a part of me, but I decided to pursue it because I wanted to bring a change to music. It’s not about the money or material things, for me music is more about helping others; if the people listening get something out of my music, then I’ve done my job,” says Dealz. “When I was a kid, we used to do talent shows for the family. Everyone else was singing, and I always rapped. Rap is in my heart, always has been, to me it’s more poetic. Rap has always been considered as 'gangsta' music, but it’s actually just more passionate than anything.”

That passion is evident in his new single “That’s How I Feel,” which features his father Jackie and his uncle Jermaine. "The song is me basically telling my father how I feel about women," Dealz says. "You don’t have to call women names and degrade them just to have a song.”

Dealz isn’t new to the music game; he released a self-titled mixtape in 2007, and a new album is expected this summer. And despite having a famous last name, he isn't relying on his familial notoriety to open doors or propel his career forward.

“Nothing has ever been handed to me; I have worked hard for everything that I have. I started out doing street promotions for artists and have worked my way up from there,” says Dealz. “It’s important that I do continue to represent my family, but more importantly continue to respect the name and brand that they have worked to build.”

This year marks the two-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. Dealz is using his passion for fast cars and motorcycles to honor his uncle’s memory. “My friend Porkchop and I just unveiled a custom dedication bike that has pictures of my uncle on it. I also built a custom dedication vehicle for him named 'Melody.' It’s a 2005 black-and-red Mustang with custom interior, with about 550 Horsepower under the hood.”

As fans around the world continue to mourn the loss of the King of Pop, Dealz hopes they keep one thing in mind, “I hope people remember my uncle at his best and for the good man that he was. He genuinely cared about everyone.”

To learn more about Dealz Jackson check out his website www.officialdealz.com.

— Shameika Rene

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