Da RanjahzBrooklyn, New York
Da Ranjahz is a rap duo consisting of Haph (a.k.a. Haph Dead) and Wais. The two hail from Brooklyn, New York City. They now go by the name Tha Deuce.
During the mid-‘90’s, Da Ranjahz were affiliated with a collective known as Team Roc, a group of rappers associated with Roc-A-Fella Records. At the time, this included Jay-Z, Sauce Money, Memphis Bleek and Jaz-O. Da Ranjahz made their first official appearance on “If I Should Die,” a track on Jay-Z’s 1998 release, Hard Knock Life, vol. 2. That year, Wais also appeared on Jay’s Streets is Watching Soundtrack on the track “Celebration” with Jay, Sauce Money and Memphis Bleek; the duo then appeared on Memphis Bleek’s debut, Coming of Age, the following year.
In 2000, the duo signed a deal with the short-lived Def Jam imprint The Carter Faculty, which would collapse due to poor management. After this, they bought their own studio equipment and began making music independently, collaborating with various popular artists such as Ras Kass, Raekwon and Petey Pablo. In 2003, they released the single “Insp Her Ation,” produced by DJ Premier and featuring Cee-Lo singing the hook, off their debut album Who Feels it Knows on Villa Records.