Dee-1 has awakened the beast within hip hop since we last spoke! His interactive stage show has been taking crowds both by surprise and by storm. He just finished touring 50 cities with Macklemore and recently released another mixtape, entitled "Psalms Of David" once again proving that everyone sleeping on him had better set their alarms soon! AllHipHop.com got a chance to catch up with Dee-1 and see just what's been goings on with one of New Orleans favorite sons!
Check out the AllHipHop.com interview with Dee-1!
AllHipHop.com: Thanks so much for taking a few moments out for us sir,You've had one heck of a year! What is one of the most important lessons that you've taken away from all your new experiences?
I've learned that you have to capitalize on the moment. Once this moment is gone, you can't get it back, and you don't want to be saying "I could have or should have" done something. I've also learned that success is a lifestyle, not just a singular act you accomplish in the booth or on stage. You have to practice being successful off the stage too, with the way you think and the way you treat people and make decisions.
AllHipHop.com: Since we spoke last, you've released the new mixtape Psalms Of David, what was the premise behind putting together the mixtape and who did you work with on it?
I put it out the day before I went on tour with my patna Lecrae. I just wanted to have some new music out there for my fans. I had just come off tour with Macklemore and I had dropped "The Focus Tape" with Mannie Fresh the day before that tour started, so I wanted to do that again. Drop a new project right before my tour starts. My first name is David, and David wrote many of the Psalms in the bible. And my songs are all written to motivate my listeners and tell stories, so I went with the title "Psalms of David." It's been my biggest mixtape to date. It features production from Flight School, 5th Child, Rockaway, Phurnace, J Kits, and more.
AllHipHop.com: How have you evolved as an artist on this new project?
This project is me embracing the fact that God is the foundation for my whole life as well as my music. I'm a rapper and a God fearing man, two separate things, but not one without the other. And when I combine that to make songs, it makes for something special. My music doesn't sound like anything else out.
AllHipHop.com: What do you hope that this new music reflects to the listener?
I want the listener to get motivated to live their life to the fullest. I want my music to reflect that it ain't easy, but it's a never-ending battle that's worth it. Because overall, life is good.
AllHipHop.com: What is one thing the fans don’t know about you that you wish they did?
That I got next.
AllHipHop.com: Can you give us 4 words that describes your stage show?
"That boy a beast!"
AllHipHop.com: What’s going on with you right now? Who are you working with and what can we expect?
I'm finishing up "Psalms of David" Vol 2, gonna drop that late April/early May. And I'm about to drop a bunch of music videos.
AllHipHop.com: Please tell the people how they can keep up with you!
On Twitter and Instagram its @dee1music .... Facebook.com/dee1music ... and my website is dee1music.com for all merch and tour dates. Big huge S/O to Allhiphop, I rock with yall 1000. Chuck, Greg, Steve, Skyy, and all my peoples over there. Believe dat.
Thanks again to Dee-1 for choppin it up with us and everybody stay on the look out for Psalms Of David Vol 2 coming out soon!