Wednesday, May 20, 2009
New Orleans, LA, May 20th, 2009 - New Orleans hip-hop artist, Dee-1, recently released his debut full length album entitled, "David & Goliath". Dee-1 first gained wide-spread media attention while performing with "the Hip-Hop Doc" in various schools in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge area. In January, major media outlets such as CNN, Billboard Magazine and HipHopdx.com, covered Dee-1 in his "mission" to uplift and inspire young students in Louisiana. Since then, Dee-1 has gained considerable exposure through a number of high-profile performances with artists such as Lupe Fiasco, Akon, Trey Songz, Drake & Lil Wayne.
Dee-1, also known as David Augustine, has been a middle school teacher in Baton Rouge for the past two years, but recently he has committed himself to his music career full time. His new album, "David & Goliath", includes 17 original songs, and features well known New Orleans artists such as Shamarr Allen, Raw Dizzy, and Elyzian Fieldz. The album was released on April 13th in all Best Buy locations in Louisiana, and it recently became available through iTunes, Amazon.com and other major music distribution websites. The album was met with positive reviews from fans and critics alike, and within the first two days it sold out at every Best Buy location in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Dee-1 released the album independently with the intention of "making a statement to the hip-hop world", and thus far it has received positive reviews from a number of blog sites, local news stations and industry tastemakers in the region. Dee-1 gained the support of two of New Orleans' top hip-hop tastemakers when former Cash Money DJ's, Raj Smoove and Mannie Fresh, verbally co-signed Dee-1 for his originality and talented lyricism. After the release of his album, Dee-1 was featured on New Orleans' top urban radio stations, including interviews with Power 102.9 DJ, Downtown Leslie Brown and Q93's DJ Wild Wayne.
Rachel Jones, a reporter for the major Baton Rouge news outlet, "The Advocate", covered the album release and noted that "One Man Army", one of the featured singles on the album, "became popular after Dee-1 performed it in his live sets, and the song resonated with his fans, eventually creating his 'One Man Army' nickname and the revolution behind this name". Dee-1's other singles, including "Rebirth" and "Queens", have been played weekly on the New Orleans Top 40 station, B97 for the past few months. Erin Frankenheimer, an on-air personality for B97 and a former A&R rep for Columbia Records, recognized Dee-1's potential to make waves in the music industry and has since featured him regularly on her show, "Face the Music".
For additional information on Dee-1's album, "David & Goliath", call Fatima Aarabi at 504.234.8958, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.dee1music.com.
ABOUT HIP-HOP FOR HOPE - Hip-Hop for Hope is a New Orleans' based organization dedicated to helping raise money for New Orleans educational programming and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. The organization hosts the largest hip-hop benefit concert in the state, now entering its 4th year running, and has raised close to $20,000 for local schools and education programs. The annual benefit concert takes place at Tipitina's Uptown (www.tipitinas.com) and has featured artists such as Lupe Fiasco, Baby Boy da Prince, Raw Dizzy, DJ Raj Smoove, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Partners N' Crime, and the Chopper City Boys. For more information visit www.hiphopforhope.org
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