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October 29, 2013

New Orleans Rap Sensation Dee-1 Signs With RCA Inspiration

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Written by: Kim Ford
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Underground star turned viral success story, rapper Dee-1 has inked a deal with RCA Inspiration, the label announced today. A New Orleans native, Dee-1 burst onto the national scene with the mix tape “I Hope They Hear Me Vol 2”, which featured the wildly popular single “Jay, 50, Weezy“. The record proved to be a viral juggernaut spawning a YouTube video that to-date has over 600,000 total views, spins on MTV Jams and radio airplay.

“We are truly excited about Dee-1 joining the RCA Inspiration family,” says General Manager, Geo Bivins. “In the current marketplace, where people are listening much closer to artists and seeking music that is authentic with a ‘real’ message, we believe Dee-1’s music will resonate with today’s diverse Hip Hop and Inspirational music consumers and beyond.”

“Signing with RCA is a life-changing partnership that I’m excited to be a part of. I know we’re about to make history together so I’m motivated to work harder than ever. Coming from New Orleans, I realize that my success is bigger than me. It’s a symbol of hope for others who want to chase their dreams and make a difference in life. So I’m going to make sure that together we all win. #MissionVision,” said Dee-1.

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After graduating from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree, Dee-1 taught middle school in Baton Rouge by day 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. The decision proved to be a smart one and before long the educator turned rapper – and aspiring role model – caught the attention of Grammy award winning producer Mannie Fresh, who hosted Dee-1’s “The Focus” mix tape released in 2012. That successful release was followed by the “Psalms of David” mix tape (2013) featuring the hit single “Work” with Lecrae.

Dee-1 is currently in the studio working on his new album, due in 2014 under the RCA Inspiration imprint. I think my fellow Louisiana native is exactly what the industry needs. It’s currently polluted with counter-productive lyrics, but he’s made an unapologetic mission to bring positivity back. He’s calling it out in his lyrics by encouraging his audience to be real, righteous and relevant. Clearly a believer, Dee-1 has garnered the support of artists like PJ Morton, Mos Def, and Lupe Fiasco. Check out a few of my Dee-1 faves.

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About the Author

Kim Ford
Kim Ford is the founder & publisher of JubileeMag.com, author of "The Success Mindset", a God-inspired media mogul, speaker, red carpet correspondent, culture influencer, super mom and your ideal best friend. She's interviewed greats like Tyler Perry, Sony Pictures exec DeVon Franklin, Meagan Good, Mali Music, Kevin Hart, Jada Pinkett Smith, T.D. Jakes and more. You've probably seen her covering the red carpet at the BET Awards, Soul Train Awards and many others. You can always find her bringing faith to mainstream and empowering women! To learn more about Kim, click here. #TeamLove #TeamStrongFamilies #TeamiPhone




 
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