More About Dee-1His style is so diverse that he creates his own lane in hip-hop. Born & raised in the heart of New Orleans, Dee-1 shared the same struggles as the legendary artists that put the 504 on the map, but he represents the city with a different viewpoint. He is the voice for anyone on a mission to win in the game of life by maximizing their potential and grinding with a purpose.
After graduating from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree, Dee-1 began teaching middle school in Baton Rouge by day to help fund his music projects. The strong bond he formed with his students inspired him to be a powerful leader, but it also made it hard for him to leave. As his buzz as an artist continued to grow, he finally decided that his passion for hip hop was too much to ignore and that being “Dee-1″ gave him a much larger platform to be heard than being “Mr. Augustine.” Sleepless nights being a full time teacher and part time rapper were now replaced by sleepless nights being a “full time dream chaser,” as chronicled in his courageous song “The Announcement.”
It is impossible to box Dee-1 in because he is truly one of a kind. His subject matter is bold, creative, and unapologetic. With Dee-1, its more than just music. Its about a lifestyle, a frame of mind that empowers people to live with purpose and develop what he calls “mission vision.” That’s where Dee’s nickname “The One Man Army” comes from. “Everyone has a mission, and everyone is their own One Man or One Woman Army.” In 2010, Dee-1 founded his own entertainment company, OMAR Ent. Omar is short for One Man Army Rebel and the name Omar literally means flourishing, long lived, and gifted speaker. Having already built a solid street buzz with his mixtapes Still We Rise and I Am Who I Am, Dee-1 catapulted to another level with the release of his critically acclaimed independent album “David & Goliath,” which is available on iTunes and dee1music.com. From top to bottom, the album is a musical masterpiece. World famous producers Mannie Fresh and 9th Wonder even gave Dee personal phone calls praising him after hearing his music. Dee-1’s latest project, “I Hope They Hear Me Vol 2,” is a mixtape packed with 18 high energy joints that has been downloaded by the thousands. Dee-1 credits this mixtape with changing his life, with several singles receiving extensive radio play, four singles receiving regular airplay on MTV Jams, and creating a huge internet and street buzz around him. Dee-1 is currently finishing his next project, “The Focus Tape,” which will be hosted by DJ Drama and Mannie Fresh, and is slated to drop in July 2012. Dee-1 recognizes that his music resonates with almost anyone “first and foremost because its so authentic. That’s why people from the hood all the way to the classroom feel it.” His message extends well beyond the stereotype of the traditional rapper, because as he says, ”real recognizes real.”
You haven’t witnessed Dee-1′s true star power until you have seen him live in concert. He has become known for giving jaw-dropping shows and electrifying audiences wherever he performs. As Dee-1 says, “It feels way better to actually win over an audience rather than just brag on how good I am. I’d rather prove it to you.” Most recently, Dee-1 has performed alongside nationally touring acts such as Lil Wayne, Lupe Fiasco, Drake, Trey Songz, Talib Kweli, Akon, The Roots, Currensy, and more. Since 2011, Dee-1 has been on three successful nationwide tours, the “Grind and Hustle Tour,” the “Too Focused to Fail Tour” and the “Ridin All By Ourselves Tour.” All of this progress has left die-hard Dee-1 fans asking “What’s next?” No one knows for sure, but as his fan base continues to grow throughout the nation, Dee-1 is poised to become Hip-Hop’s next great superstar.
But ask Dee how he feels and he’ll explain it in his classic words: “and the battle continues…”