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Birth name David Augustine

(1989 -04-10) April 10, 1989

(age 26)
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana
Genres Political Hip Hop, hip hop music
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2008 – present
Labels Mission Vision Ent, RCA Inspiration
Associated acts Lecrae, Murs, Lupe Fiasco

David Augustine Jr., (born April 10, 1989)[1] better known by his stage name Dee-1, is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Early life[edit]

Hailing from New Orleans East, David Augustine attended Audubon Montessori School (currently Audubon Charter School) through 8th grade. He was a star basketball player at Ben Franklin High School [2] as well as homecoming king his senior year. Ben Franklin High School is the most selective and academically rigorous public school in Louisiana.[3][4]

Early career[edit]

Augustine began rapping while in high school. He began publicly performing while attending LSU. After graduating from LSU in 2008, he started teaching middle school math in Baton Rouge. By the end of 2008, he had released three mixtapes: It's Only Tha Beginning, Still We Rise and I Am Who I Am. Dee-1 has been featured in national media outlets such as CNN[5] and Billboard Magazine.[6] He has also received attention from Louisiana newspapers and music magazines.[7] After two years of teaching, he resigned before the 2010-2011 school year to focus on his music as a career.

Music career[edit]

His first studio album, David & Goliath, was released April 13, 2009. In August 2009, Dee-1 released a Saints-themed song with trumpet player and rapper, Shamarr Allen, titled "Bring Em to the Dome". The song was noted in an article by ESPN columnist Wright Thompson.[8] Additionally, Dee-1 has performed alongside nationally touring acts such as Lil Wayne, Lupe Fiasco, Drake, Trey Songz, Akon, The Roots, Mýa, The Clipse, Musiq Soulchild, Fat Joe, Lil Boosie, Juvenile, and Big Boi. In October 2010, he was named Artist of the Year at the NOLA Underground Hip Hop Awards.[9] The video for his song "Jay, 50, & Weezy" was released October 11, 2010. It received attention for its content and mention of Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, and Jay-Z. The video has also aired on MTV Jams and according to program director Tuma Basa has received a lot of positive feedback.[10]

His fourth mixtape, I Hope They Hear Me, was released on April 20, 2010. It received positive reviews.[11] He released a follow-up entitled I Hope They Hear Me Vol. 1.5 in December 2010. It combined several new songs with a collection of tracks from the original mixtape. Vol. 1.5 served as a prequel to his next mixtape, I Hope They Hear Me Vol. 2, which was released on March 1, 2011. Prior to its release, Dee-1 leaked a track online, available for free download, in early February titled "It's My Turn". The track has received positive criticism from various notable hip-hop websites, including XXL and 2dopeboyz.[citation needed]

In April 2011, Dee-1 toured with Atlanta rappers Killer Mike and Young Dro, as well as the southern California-based rap group Pac Div.[12] Following that tour, between 2011-2013, he has also toured with artists such as Macklemore (opening for The Heist Tour), Murs (Ridin' All By Ourselves Tour), and Lecrae (Higher Learning Tour).

On October 29, 2013, Dee-1 announced his signing to RCA Inspiration.[13]

His debut release with the label, 3's Up, a six track EP, was released February 17, 2015.[14] The first single off the EP, "Against Us", was released on October 14, 2014.[15][16] His latest mixtape by the name of separated at birth influenced by hip hop artist Lil Wayne was banned by him and Cash Money Records as Augustine used music instumentals of the most popular Lil Wayne tracks.


Independent albums[edit]

  • David & Goliath (2009)


  • 3's Up (2015)


  • It's Only Tha Beginning (2004)
  • Still We Rise (2006)
  • I Am Who I Am (2008)
  • I Hope They Hear Me (2010)
  • I Hope They Hear Me Vol. 1.5 (2010)
  • I Hope They Hear Me Vol. 2 (2011)
  • The Focus Tape (2012)
  • Psalms of David (2013)
  • Psalms of David Vol.2 (2013)
  • Free Lunch And Sallie Mae (2014)


  • 2010: "Jay, 50 & Weezy"
  • 2010: "One Man Army" produced by: Flight School Productions
  • 2011: "It's My Turn"
  • 2011: "Blue"
  • 2011: "The One That Got Away" featuring Mannie Fresh produced by: Flight School Productions
  • 2011: "I'm On It" featuring Shamarr Allen
  • 2011: "Uncle Tom" produced by: Flight School Productions
  • 2012: "SUAG" produced by: Flight School Productions
  • 2012: "You Stupid Fool"
  • 2012: "Work" featuring Lecrae
  • 2013: "Dear Mr. Christian" by Derek Minor featuring Dee-1 & Lecrae
  • 2014: "Against Us"
  • 2015: "Can't Ban Tha Hopeman" produced by Greedy Money



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  2. ^ Dennis, David. "DEE-1: GOOD CLEAN LIVING". Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Calefati, Jessica (2008-12-04). "The High School That Beat Katrina". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  4. ^ "Best High Schools: Gold Medal List". U.S. News & World Report. 2008-12-04. Archived from the original on 2008-12-10. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  5. ^ Sabriya Rice CNN Medical Producer (February 20, 2009). "Hip-hop for the heart sends a culturally sensitive message -". Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ Billboard - Google Boeken. February 14, 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Baton Rouge news, sports and entertainment on The Advocate". Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ "NFL: New Orleans Saints are the soul of America's City - ESPN". December 19, 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Nola Underground Hiphop Awards". Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
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  11. ^ "Dee-1, I Hope They Hear Me (mixtape) :: OffBeatOffBeat :: New Orleans and Louisiana Music, Food, and Art News". June 1, 2010. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  12. ^ Paine, Jake (March 10, 2011). "Killer Mike & Young Dro Headline Grind N' Hustle Tour, With Pac Div, Dee-1 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
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  17. ^ "Maul Dogs Cast". Maul Dogs. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 

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