Dee-1 went from being a middle school math teacher to a critically acclaimed hip-hop artist, now signed to RCA. In 2009, the same year he opted to stop teaching and focus on music, he self-released David & Goliath, his proper debut album, throughout which he maintained his down to earth underdog approach. Several additional mixtape releases followed, and his profile continually grew; 2012’s The Focus Tape alone featured collaborations with Killer Mike, Mannie Fresh, Mos Def, and Juvenile. New Orleans own has represented New Orleans in a way that no other artist has done by pushing the envelope on being "Real, Righteous, and Relevant" in today's hip-hop scene. Partnering with companies such as Sallie Mae and PWC to teach financial literacy and giving out more than $150,000 in scholarships after the viral success of his 2016 song, "Sallie Mae Back," is only the beginning as he has now released his major label debut album, "Slingshot David."
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