Thursday, March 31, 2011

This Is The Story of A One Man Army: Dee-1 Gives Back

On Wednesday, March 28th, New Orleans rapper Dee-1 visited the Safe Haven Community Center and the students of Home for Homework. The Center was packed with children and adults from the neighborhood who joined Home for Homework students for the event. Upon Dee-1′s arrival, the children rushed to meet him. “I didn’t expect such a warm welcome.” he said.

Dee-1 began by explaining that he ” has never thought it was okay” that his community faced so much violence and poverty.This is what distinguishes him from other rappers. He performed Jay, 50, & Weezy, which he said isn’t so much a critical song, as it is a “real” song.

He continued to explain that he wants to use his music to set an example for young people, emphasizing how writing can be a powerful tool.When he performed One Man Army, the whole audience joined him in the chorus, “I’m strapped with a pad/ my pen is my Gat/ a mask and a vest/ plus I’m dressed in all black./ With God by my side, so no man can harm me/ this is the story of a One Many Army.”

Dee-1 encouraged young writers in the audience to read as much as possible and not limit themselves to writing about just one topic or in one format. Finally, he discussed fighting. “You can always choose how to respond to others and every choice has consequences.” he said to the youth. Before leaving, he signed autographs for each person in the audience and handed out his CD.

As the students arrived the following day, “I’m strapped with a pad/ my pen is my Gat…this is the story of a One Man Army.” was chanted throughout the Center.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

An Inside Look at the Community Center of St. Bernard

The Community Center of St Bernard is a grassroots nonprofit organization that serves survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in St Bernard Parish, Louisiana, and the surrounding area. The Community Center's efforts are focused on empowering families who want to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Katrina by providing them with direct local access to the factual information and practical resources they need in a safe and all-inclusive setting.

Having worked with the Community St. Bernard for several months, I have seen first hand the work they are doing on the ground. Originally established as a disaster-recovery agency after Hurricane Katrina, the Community Center has continued to adapt to meet the needs of local residents, who are now greatly impacted by the BP Oil Spill.

If you want to donate or learn more, please visit:

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Dee-1: "One Man Army (Remix)" Official Video Makes Major Waves in the Music World

Who would have thought hip-hop would provide the next wave of social entrepreneurs? We could not be more proud of this young New Orleans artist who is bringing positivity to the world on a massive scale. Just watch and see where Dee-1 takes hip-hop in the next few years, it is going to be epic.

If you are not usually into hip-hop, I strongly encourage you listening to this song anyway, because the lyricism and powerful message are enough to put goosebumps on almost anyone's arms. And to think he's from the 5-0-4... doesn't it just make you proud to be from New Orleans? It sure makes me proud. Now watch and listen...

Also, here are some of the other blogs and media outlets covering Dee-1's latest music; these are some major market influencers:
The HipHop Chronicle (UK)

I definitely encourage y'all to 'buy his rookie card now, cause after this year, the price ain't going down'. Support good music. It's a cause like any other, with major influence on the way young people think and act. New Orleans is coming up in so many ways, and with Dee-1 on the up an up, there's one more thing we can be proud of claiming on behalf of the Crescent City.