Up and coming and here to stay.
New Orleans has always been known as the birthplace of jazz. But there is way more to the city than the classic genre. I should know, it’s my hometown. The 504 has so much talent brewing from its roots that it’s hard not to give artists recognition. Of course, the world knows heavy-hitters Lil Wayne, Curren$y, Jay Electronica, and both camps from Cash Money and No Limit Records, to name a few, but the following rappers you are about to see are NOLA’s truest gems. From being homeless to being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, these artists never stopped their grind to make their place known in the industry.
Dee-1 has an interesting story. The rapper, whose real name is David Augustine, Jr., became a math teacher after graduating from LSU in 2008. By the end of that year, he released three mixtapes. He received recognition from both local and national media outlets. Before the 2010-2011 school year, he resigned from teaching to focus on his music career.
Dee prides himself on making music that inspires people. He doesn’t curse in his lyrics and oftentimes rap about the battle he’s fighting in this “spiritual war called life.”
Jay, 50, Weezy
Dee’s 2010 single, “Jay, 50, Weezy,” garnered him great attention, mostly with the “shots” he took at Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Lil Wayne. The video made its way to MTV Jams and received a positive response. Dee continuously put out mixtapes and received a lot of love from his city and beyond. He’s won multiple NOLA Hip-Hop awards and has toured a slew of cities. In 2013, he announced that he signed with RCA Inspiration.
Sallie Mae Back
Earlier this year, he released “Sallie Mae Back,” a song detailing his success in paying back the student loan company. The song went viral, gaining him close to one million views on YouTube.
In July, Dee put out his Slingshot David mixtape and he’s releasing a new album in 2017. He continues to push positivity in his music with his mission vision, Be Real. Be Righteous. Be Relevant.