DJBoothTV Sits Down With "Hope They Hear Me" Author Dee-1

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A New Orleans native with plenty to say and the skills to get heads' attention,


introduced himself to the Booth by offering some constructive criticism to rap's reigning heavyweights on mixtape single “

Jay, 50 and Weezy

.” His perspective evidently resonated with readers, as the cut was voted

Best Hip-Hop Record of 2010 (Underground/Unsigned)

in this past January's

Best of the Booth Awards

. Now, the up-and-comer's hooked up with to release

I Hope They Hear Me Vol. 2

, his first album-length collection of all-original material. Featuring “Jay 50, and Weezy” as well as acclaimed leaks “

It's My Turn

” and “

Ridin' by Myself

,” the project is

available here

for free streaming and download!

In the

exclusive video interview

below, Dee-1 sits down with


's own

Jacques Morel

to discuss what fans can expect from his latest project, his surprising pre-rap employment history, and whether the subjects of his Booth debut have gotten the message.

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Pro Audio Star

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