New Orleans-based emcee David “Dee-1” Augustine has released his major label debut LP. Slingshot David (The Album) details the artist’s physical and spiritual struggles while growing up in the Louisiana city. It also contains unscripted conversations with the nephew of Dee’s murdered best friend.

“My whole life has really felt like a fight,” states Dee-1. “I always felt like the underdog in terms of the city I’m from, the part of town that I was from, and especially later in life getting into the rap game.”

He continues, “I was a college graduate teaching middle school, attempting to become a rapper and actually make a name for myself.”

Check out Dee-1’s Slingshot David (The Album) below.

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