Arts & Entertainment Industry Forum: Dee-1

New Orleans-based rapper Dee-1 stops by for an interview with Dr. Jeff Albert (11/17/2014).

About Dee-1

David Augustine, better known by his stage name Dee-1, is New Orleans-based rapper signed to RCA's Inspiration label.

A native of New Orleans East, David Augustine attended Audubon Montessori School and later Ben Franklin High School, where he first began rapping. While attending Louisiana State University, he developed his rap career further, and began to publicly perform. By the time he graduated in 2008, Dee-1 had released three mixtapes: It's Only Tha Beginning, Still We Rise, and I Am Who I Am. After two years working as a middle school math teacher, Augustine resigned before the 2010-2011 school year to focus on his music as a career. He released his first studio album, David & Goliath, on April 13, 2009. In August 2009, Dee-1 also released a New Orleans Saints-themed song with trumpet player and rapper Shamarr Allen, titled "Bring 'Em to the Dome."

Dee-1 has been featured in national media outlets such as CNN, Billboard, and The Washington Post, and has performed alongside nationally touring acts such as Lil Wayne, Lupe Fiasco, Drake, Trey Songz, Akon, The Roots, Mýa, Fat Joe, Juvenile, and Big Boi. In October 2010, he was named Artist of the Year at the NOLA Underground Hip-Hop Awards.