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When the L.A. Sentinel first introduced our readership to rapper, David Augustine aka Dee-1, the New Orleans native was making headlines for turning down a record deal with Lil Wayne’s imprint, Young Money. While many artists would have compromised their beliefs in order to be an “overnight success,” Dee-1 has continued to run his race at his own pace and his star is continuing to rise.

In 2016, Dee-1 broke the Internet with his song, “Sallie Mae Back,” where the former math teacher boasts about paying off his student loan debt to the infamous creditor, Sallie Mae. Based on the video reaching more than 1 million YouTube views, Dee-1 performed the song on the talk show, “The Real.” He’s also partnered with Sallie Mae to teach minorities about financial literacy and was tapped by ESPN to create the theme song for their website, “The Undefeated.”

While headlining a national tour, Dee-1 spoke exclusively to the L.A. Sentinel on how his ability to discern “God opportunities” from “good opportunities” has been his saving grace.

LAS: In a vlog you shared that you passed on an acting role where your lines would have included profanity. You mentioned that friends thought it was a good opportunity because Dee-1 the rapper and the actor should be separate entities. However, you thought it contradicted what your brand represents. What’s the difference between “good opportunities” and “God opportunities”?

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source: LA Sentinel | Zon D’Amour

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