Birth name David Augustine
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 2007–Present
Labels OMAR Ent
Associated acts Nas, Big K.R.I.T., Curren$y, J. Cole, Wale

David Augustine Jr., better known by his stage name Dee-1, is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana.



Early career

Augustine started rapping while attending LSU. After graduating from LSU in 2007, he began teaching 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." One of his main projects was a collaboration with Dr. Rani G. Whitfield M.D., a.k.a. “Tha Hip-Hop Doc,” with whom he toured schools on the lecture circuit. Dee-1 has been featured in national media outlets such as CNN[1] and Billboard Magazine.[2] He has also received attention from Louisiana newspapers and music magazines.[3] After two years of teaching, he resigned prior to the 2009-2010 school year to focus on his music. He is a very positive change in the hip hop industry.

2009-present: David & Goliath

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.[4] 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.[5] The video for his song "Jay, 50, & Weezy" was released October 11, 2010. It has 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.[6]

His fourth mixtape, "I Hope They Hear Me," was released on April 20, 2010. It has received positive reviews.[7]

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.

In April 2011, Dee-1 will be touring with Atlanta rappers Killer Mike and Young Dro, as well as the southern California-based rap group Pac Div.[8]



Independent albums

  • David & Goliath (2009)


  • 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)


  • "Jay, 50 & Weezy" (2010)
  • "One Man Army" (2010)
  • "It's My Turn" (2011)
  • "Blue" (2011)
  • "The One That Got Away" ft. Mannie Fresh (2011)
  • "I'm On It" ft. Shamarr Allen (2011)
  • "Uncle Tom" (2011)


External links

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