Dee-1 is exactly what the hip-hop industry has been missing. I would imagine it would be hard to be anything less than motivational with a background of a school teacher. Prior to going full-time with his music career, Dee-1 was a full-time middle school teacher known as Mr. Augustine. Since that time, he has released several mixtapes and toured nationally with artists such as Macklemore, Lecrae, Lil Wayne, and Lupe Fiasco, and has been featured on CNN, Billboard Magazine, MTV, BET and more.
I caught up with him and got a chance to find out a little more about him and music. Check it out:
You recently signed a deal with RCA Records, congrats! What’s the biggest change for you going from an indie artist to being signed with a major label?
Just having more people to be held accountable to, the team is much bigger now.
Dope, I can certainly understand that. I’m glad to see an artist like you get love from a major label, a true inspirational artist who makes sure his message is one of substance. I think the industry needs artists like yourself and Lecrae. How hard has it been not to conform and become the same old rap artist everybody is used to? What keeps you grounded?
My faith, my family, and my #MissionVision is what keeps me focused. I’ve always known that I’m in this game on assignment, so I’m not supposed to fit in.
That’s a great mindset to have. That said, I’m sure that you have alot of “famous friends,” do you ever have the opportunity to share your faith with them? Are they normally receptive to what you are saying or not so much?
Yes. We have serious talks about spirituality, nowadays more than ever before. Each case is different, but I’m thankful that I have the courage to even have these sorts of convos with them.
That’s great that God opens the door to minister for you in that way. Switching gears, what can fans expect with your new EP? Do you have any special features lined up?
This EP gives the fans a full, complete picture of the entirety of who Dee-1 is. Features: no rap features, all me. Get to know me before I introduce you to my friends.
Cool, I get it, looking forward to that project for sure! For those who’ve never heard you explain it, briefly explain your motto Be Real, Be Righteous, Be Relevant.
In everything you do in life, you should strive to do those three things… That’s what I mean when I say throw your “3’s Up!”
That’s a dope motto to live by, great message there. Outside of music, what are some of the things that you are working on or plan to work on in the future?
My public speaking has really been taking off, I’m doing speaking engagements all over the country, so I’m excited about continuing to master that side of my arsenal too.
I can certainly see where you would be very skilled in that area, definitely something worth pursuing for you. You dropped Psalms of David 1 & 2 projects in the past; both were dope. Is there going to be a Psalms of David 3?
Maybe. But for now, it’s all about the “3’s Up EP,” dropping Feb 17th, 2015. This will bey first formal project since being signed, so I really need all my fans to go and purchase it so we can make a statement on the charts.
For sure, and we’ll make sure we help get the word out for you. Thanks for chatting with me today, we look forward to hearing alot more from you in the future. God Bless!
If you haven’t checked out Dee-1’s new video, take a moment and check out this dope visual for his latest single, Against Us
DEE-1 “Against Us” Video