dee-1

After signing a deal with RCA, teacher-turnt-rapper Dee-1 decided to write a letter to his former students at Baker Middle School, where he taught math after graduating college in 2008. Read the inspiring, #MissionVision-filled words below.

This is specifically for all the students I ever taught math, life skills, or study skills to at Baker Middle School. This is for any student I ever tutored, mentored, or held a conversation with in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, or over the phone. This is for any kid who I ever coached in basketball. When I walked away from my job as a teacher it was a tough decision, but once I did it, I wanted to make sure I made it because I knew I could represent and symbolize something we rarely see where we come from. Well...

Mr Augustine made it. I just signed a major-label record deal with RCA.

Remember when I’d be in class with my mixtapes or talking about the show I had just done, or rapping to yall (sometimes lol)? Remember me spitting 16 bars to my 4th period class when yall didn’t even believe I was a real rapper, and afterwards yall started screaming so loud that Ms. Moses came running in asking if someone was fighting? Remember me saying that I don’t curse in my music but that I refused to change or compromise just to try to “get on?”

Well I’m on. And I still don’t curse, lol.

My dream came true. Yours can too. But 1st you have to have a dream. Find something you love, something you can become great at, something you’re willing to do for free, just because you love it so much. Something your mom can be proud of and say “Ooohhh yall look at my baby!! He/she is doing soooo well.” Then do it. Focus on getting better and remaining positive. GRIND!!! No wait, my bad….. SHUT UP AND GRIND!!! #SUAG is the new SWAG. Yep, I love all yall. I want to see yall WIN! Let my success serve as MOTIVATION…
The funny part I’m learning about dreams is that by the time you achieve one, you’ve already started dreaming bigger dreams. So keep going. Don’t stop. #MissionVision

Mr. Augustine aka “Dee-1”

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  • dtb

    This is truly awesome. I've never listened to dudes music, but I respect this so much. I'll look for his stuff starting today.

  • the realest

    Nigga music still wack as shit. Im just being honest.

  • GODr

    More of this, less Migos.

  • SE7AL

    This guy has my 100% support and I haven't even listened to him yet! Positivity is becoming harder and harder to find these days, and seeing something like this can bring hope to so many people. Congrats to Dee-1. You were "On" long before you signed that record deal.

  • mitch

    Heard this guy on one of Snoop's GGN shows and I fell in love with his music after hearing his story. It's so nice to see he finally made it after all that he's done

    Keep grinding man, you deserve it

  • justmeok

    the big powerful music industry and label people wont like this guy and i bet he wont get the big push they would rather promote people like rick ross than a positive role model

  • Davey

    cats saying his music is wack? Dee-1 is dope, the only thing i don't like so much is the christian references but that's my personal thing he's not some full on christian rapper. dude is positive, has dope rhymes, nice beats and is doing his own thing.

  • Correction… I slept with Katie too.

    Been checking for dude since 'Lyrical Letter'. Congrats Dee-1.
    Continue to inspire and give the kids a positive emcee to look up to.

  • Dee-1

    I have been on this nigga since he started hell vol. 2 is gonna be a classic been workin with some legendary cats in the game people should definitely mess with the dudes music.

  • http://vimeo.com/user677428/videos Chi2LA23

    Damn, I don't even listen to this guy that much, but just reading this makes me want to. Good for him and what an awesome role model for his students.