"Be Real, Be Righteous, Be Relevant", is the Mission statement of New Orleans own Dee-1. He is highly regarded in his hometown has their version of the late great Nipsey Hussle.I first heard of Dee-1 through is wildly popular single “Sallie Mae Back”. As I listened to more of his music I was surprised not only by his lyricism but the fact he is a Christian rapper. He promotes a positive image that all every hip hop fan can admirer. He released a song with Lupe Fiasco and Big K.R.I.T. called “Against Us Remix” in 2016.
The best description I can provide of his style comes directly from his bio.If Tupac and Lauryn Hill had a son, it would be Dee-1. He is truly the voice of a generation and has skyrocketed from doing local talent shows to rocking worldwide tours. Growing up in New Orleans, the temptation of the streets was very appealing. But these same streets broke Dee-1’s heart when his best friend got murdered. At that moment, Dee knew that God called him to break the cycle of negativity, so he chose a different route. Dee began rapping in college and became very popular on campus, but upon graduation, he decided to use his charisma and swagger to become a middle school teacher to reach the youth. He soon traded his classroom for a microphone and a stage, and the rest is history. Dee-1 entered the rap game on a mission: To inspire people everywhere to “Be Real, Be Righteous, and Be Relevant.” He has since released some of hip hop’s most powerful albums and has collaborated with platinum artists such as Lupe Fiasco, Macklemore, and Sevyn Streeter. His single, “Sallie Mae Back,” went explosively viral and became known as the “debt free student loan anthem.”
His latest effort God and Girls released on July 19, 2019. Explores relationships and the importance of choosing the right partner. Check out his merchandise as well as his latest project below.