I'm going to start by saying that I was looking forward to interviewing Dee-1 the most out of all of the artists we caught up with at Paid Dues. Why? Not only does he make incredibly dope music, but he is one of the most intelligent and inspiring emcees out right now. My favorite thing about him, he doesn't use profanity and still comes as hard as any emcee out right now and often times harder. I can play his music at work with no hesitation. He tells us why in the interview. At Paid Dues, he was the second artist to perform in the Grindtime Now cage. Literally, a boxing ring. Instead of complaining about the experience, which I might have expected from a lot of artists, Dee-1 gave us insight as to why it was a good experience. I'll complain though (since that's what I do) but not here (Paid Dues Show review coming soon). Anyway. Ladies, nice guys don't always finish last. For those of you that don't like hip hop because all the "bitches and hoes" and rough subject matter, it's time for you to pick up Dee-1's projects, which you can download for free at www.dee1music.com. With his Louisiana drawl, he spits the truth, the struggle, the essence of life in a respectful, hard-hitting, original manner. Give him a listen, and I assure you, you'll appreciate him. For the fellas, don't hate. It takes true skill to get your point across in a song without having to resort to the ease of cursing. You won't be disappointed by his music and lyrical talent. He keeps it real, rough and rugged, too. Dee-1 has personality, charm and humor that plays out in his music as well as in real life. Get familiar!
For our SOUTHWEST people, you can catch Dee-1 opening up for Talib Kweli on Monday, April 11th at the Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico. You can get tickets at http://www.sunshinetheaterlive.com. It's gonna be a crazy show!