Dee-1 is one of hip hop’s most potent storytellers. The former teacher, (like, an actual teacher; he taught middle school math in Baton Rouge) known to his students as Mr. Augustine, has never been one to shy from injecting a sense of socially conscious realism in his songs, which may or may not have been the reason his planned project Separated At Birth was unexplainably prevented from release. Undeterred, he returns with a new music video, “My Student Got Murdered (Both Sides Of The Gun).”
A powerfully intense set of visuals, Dee – with the help of director Colin Pierce – tells the story of the fates of two of his former pupils, one of which would tragically shoot the other after a fight. These kind of stories always happens, yet many of today’s lyrical storytellers aren’t telling the tales. It’s positive to see that Dee-1 is the exception and not the rule.