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After graduating from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree, Dee-1 taught middle school in Baton Rouge to help fund his musical dream. After two years of being “Mr. Augustine” by day and “Dee-1” by night, he finally decided that his passion for hip-hop was too strong to ignore. Armed with righteousness, realness, and the strong desire to be relevant, Dee-1 set his sights on becoming the type of rapper his students could be proud of. 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,” from his I Hope They Hear Me Vol 1 mixtape.
In March 2011, Dee-1 released a follow-up mixtape, I Hope They Hear Me Vol 2. Packed with 18 high-energy tracks, this was a life changing mixtape for Dee-1, as several singles received extensive radio play and regular airplay on MTV Jams. Most notably was his single “Jay, 50, and Weezy,” which created a huge internet buzz that allowed him to take his career and music to the next level. He’s since released several more mixtapes and popular singles including his “Against Us Remix” featuring Lupe Fiasco and Big Krit, and his student loans track “Sallie Mae Back,” which quickly went viral, with over 600,000 plays on Spotify and close to a million views of the official music video on YouTube.
Dee-1 has toured with artists and acts including Killer Mike, Young Dro, Pac Div, Murs and Macklemore, opening for his The Heist Tour. He’s additionally performed alongside nationally touring acts including Lil Wayne, Lupe Fiasco, Drake, Akon, The Roots, Juvenile, and Big Boi to name a few.
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