Born David Augustine Jr., Dee-1 is the epitome of soul, swag & New Orleans—while never shying away from being the voice of the underdog who grinds with purpose. A hip-hop and rap artist from New Orleans, LA, he is signed with RCA Inspiration Records.
He began rapping as a student at LSU. After graduating in 2008, he started teaching middle school in Baton Rouge and released three mixtpages by the end of that same year: "It's Only The Beginning," "Still We Rise," and "I Am Who I AM." He has been featured in national media outlets such as CNN and Billboard Magazine, as well as local newspapers and magazines.
He released his first studio album, "David & Goliath" in 2009 and has been touring ever since, leaving his teaching career to concentrate on music.
In August 2009, Dee-1 released a Saints-themed song with trumpet player and rapper, Shamarr Allen, titled "Bring Em to the Dome". The song was noted in an article by ESPN columnist Wright Thompson. Additionally, Dee-1 has performed alongside nationally touring acts such as Lil Wayne, Lupe Fiasco, Drake, Trey Songz, Akon, The Roots, Mýa, The Clipse, Musiq Soulchild, Fat Joe, Lil Boosie, Juvenile, and Big Boi. In October 2010, he was named Artist of the Year at the NOLA Underground Hip Hop Awards. The video for his song "Jay, 50, & Weezy" was released October 11, 2010. It received attention for its content and mention of Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, and Jay-Z. The video has also aired on MTV Jams and according to program director Tuma Basa has received a lot of positive feedback.
His fourth mixtape, I Hope They Hear Me, was released on April 20, 2010. It received positive reviews. He released a follow-up entitled I Hope They Hear Me Vol. 1.5 in December 2010. It combined several new songs with a collection of tracks from the original mixtape. Vol. 1.5 served as a prequel to his next mixtape, I Hope They Hear Me Vol. 2, which was released on March 1, 2011. Prior to its release, Dee-1 leaked a track online, available for free download, in early February titled "It's My Turn". The track has received positive criticism from various notable hip-hop websites, including XXL and 2dopeboyz.
In April 2011, Dee-1 toured with Atlanta rappers Killer Mike and Young Dro, as well as the southern California-based rap group Pac Div. Following that tour, between 2011-2013, he has also toured with artists such as Macklemore (opening for The Heist Tour), Murs (Ridin' All By Ourselves Tour), and Lecrae (Higher Learning Tour).
On October 29, 2013, Dee-1 announced his signing to RCA Inspiration.
His debut release with the label, 3's Up, a seven track EP, is slated to be released February 17, 2015. The first single off the EP, "Against Us", was released on October 14, 2014.
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