apper Dee-1 (@dee1music), David Augustine Jr., is a socially conscious rapper, entrepreneur, and podcaster inspiring millions on a journey to empowerment. His commitment to spreading positivity and financial inclusion led him to become the first rapper in Louisiana history to be appointed by the governor.
In 2016, Dee-1 released a hit song, “I Finished Paying Sallie Mae Back,” describing how he used his record deal proceeds as an artist to pay off his student loans instead of buying luxury items. The song exploded and since then, David has made so much impact in the community and showed that you don’t have to rap about life’s vices to be successful in music.
Today, Dee-1 continues to make music and inspire people through alternate channels, including his Mission Driven with Dee-1 podcast. His Latest album, Finding Balance has been a success, debuting #4 on iTunes its first week of release on February 9, 2022. If you’re looking for a track to up level your finances, “Residual” is all about financial freedom.
THIS EPISODE COVERS:
- How Dee-1 Used His Record Deal Proceeds to Pay Off His Student Loans
- How He Mastered His Craft To Generate Enough Money To Pay Off His Student Loans
- Why He Chose A Different Creative Path As A Rapper
- How You Can Become The Best Version of Yourself By Focusing on What Matters
- much, much, more…
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Dee-1 (00:00:00): Uh, working to figure out how to overcome that fear. Um, and that takes intentional effort. That takes consistency. That takes, uh, prayer. And that, that just takes like a lot of work. You gotta shut up and grind. You know, you, you can't make excuses, cuz the fear is what will produce the excuses and the fear will put the excuses right on your lap.
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Daphné Vanessa (00:00:58): The student loan pod is brought to you by start new where you can serve your community and get rewarded with tuition and student loan payments to check out if start new is on your campus, visit start new.com. Hello everyone. And welcome again to another episode of the student loan podcast. Today's episode, we have a guest that needs no introduction. Ladies, gentlemen, they Z we have the one, the only D one here to talk to us about student loans because I know you heard his track. I finished paying Sally Mayback Mayback. So without further ado, D one, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Dee-1 (00:01:41): Thank you so much much for having me. Um, I do think that an introduction is necessary because I don't, even if people heard my song, uh, about paying my student loans off mm-hmm
Daphné Vanessa (00:02:32): Of course.
Dee-1 (00:02:33): So that's how I ended up there and uh, literally had to take out loans, which was crazy because I was like, whoa, I had full rides. Mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:03:24): Yeah. And by the time I graduated college, uh, I had the desire to do it, but I didn't feel like I was, uh, far enough in the, in the craft or had a big enough fan base to do it full time. So I did what we go to school to do, which is I used, uh, my degree to get a job and to gain employment. I became a teacher mm-hmm
Daphné Vanessa (00:04:19): Do, did you make time for that?
Dee-1 (00:04:21): How did I make time for it? I chose to be a teacher because of the built in time that exists. Yeah. So I went to school, I got a business degree. Um, um, I could have easily went and worked for a fortune 500 company or, or I got a marketing degree to be specific. So I could have been doing marketing for any company in, in the world. I had good grades and everything, but, uh, I was like, yo, teaching, you get your summers off. You get weekends off, you get outta school by three or three 30 every day, you get holidays off. There was so much built in time to automatically pursue, uh, my passion of doing music. How that, that, that, that played a big role in my decision.
Daphné Vanessa (00:05:01): That's really smart. Did you hear that guys? He made a conscious decision, no matter what talent he had to make a choice that allowed for him to have the time a commodity that you can't replace mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:05:15): That very important. Cuz I, I did understand that there was a bigger picture that I was, um, ultimately trying to, to paint and that picture was, I just wanted to have impact in whatever profession I chose. So for me it was definitely impact over income. Mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:06:17): And that pays, you know, a lot of money or what we think is a lot of money, but it literally leaves no bandwidth to do what you really love to do. I didn't wanna be like that. I, I didn't. And teaching teaching was that perfect bridge to give me the instant gratification that I wanted of knowing I'm making a difference to pay my bills. Like I was able to pay my bills off in a teacher mm-hmm
Daphné Vanessa (00:07:26): Oh my goodness. That is so inspirational. And as a musician myself, but who did not take it seriously, unfortunately, I really commend you for making that hard decision, right. To choose your passion and to, to strategically make a decision on how you're gonna make sure that that happens. What made you make that decision and what made you not do what everybody else was doing, which is take the high paid salary job, you know, supposedly enough to pay off your student loans. Why didn't you do that?
Dee-1 (00:07:54): Yeah, because death was a real, uh, reality that I confronted earlier in life that I knew. Like, unfortunately I cannot sit here and tell you how long I have on this earth or how long you have on this earth. Mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:08:42): But if you're great at it and you're passionate about it, you're gonna find that like, I'm kind of like upper echelon, you know, top 10th of, of what I do. And I probably get compensated more than the bottom 90, you know, in what I do. And then along with all those PE comes the other one, which is peace, you know? And, and to me that that piece comes along with doing something that you're passionate about, something that you're productive with and something to where you're like, Hey, paper wise, I'm not, I'm not, uh, I'm not comparing what I make to anyone else. I'm just comparing it. Am I maxing out at what I can be doing in this particular field? And, and for me it's like, yeah, like if I'm, if I'm, if I'm doing all those things, then I'm fine. And that's what made me, uh, that's what made me make the decision to not only want to teach, but even afterwards to say like music is not just an endeavor that, uh, um, that I'm doing to try to get popular.
Dee-1 (00:09:37): Mm-hmm,
Dee-1 (00:10:24): So many of my life experiences, I'm turning 'em into songs every night when I'm on a stage, I'm literally pouring my all out there. Mm-hmm
Daphné Vanessa (00:11:01): I love that. Mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:11:32): Yeah. Well, those, those things, those things don't really, uh, apply to my real life, you know? Um, I don't own, uh, I mean, I do own a foreign car, but I it's a Honda, you know what I mean? For real, it's technically a foreign though, you know, rappers talk about having foreigns. I have a foreign, I have a foreign car, but, but it's paint in full. Yeah. And I don't have a car note, you know what I mean? Um, and, uh, when we talk about money, yes, I have money for sure. Uh, but um, if I'm gonna rap about money, I'm not just gonna rap about what's in my bank account. I'm gonna rap about, uh, number one, the hard work that went into getting this number two, I'm gonna wrap about not what I have, but what I'm going to have because of the investments that I'm making with my money.
Dee-1 (00:12:19): And number three, I'm not gonna wrap about, uh, just having something in present tense, but I'm gonna wrap about like how to make sure that in the future tense, you have more and not less because you either gonna go up or down in the future. So to wrap about what I have presently, like so many people are obsessed with, you know, what they, what they have and they talk about what they have. I'm less worried about that. I have what I have mm-hmm
Daphné Vanessa (00:13:00): The journey. Yeah.
Dee-1 (00:13:01): The
Daphné Vanessa (00:13:02): Journey. Yeah. And, and leading into the journey. Let's talk about your student loan journey.
Dee-1 (00:13:07): Okay.
Daphné Vanessa (00:13:08): How did you pay off your student loans first? How much did you have? How much did you accumulate by, you know, not taking those full-time classes?
Dee-1 (00:13:15): I don't even wanna say how much I had. Cause it makes me, cuz it makes me, it makes me feel like, uh, I have, I have spoken about it and mm-hmm
Daphné Vanessa (00:14:23): And, uh, and so, okay. We, we won't go into the number, but it took a record deal to pay off your student was, it was a lot of money
Dee-1 (00:14:34): Yeah. Now when you sign a record yeah. That's like the that's like that debate it. There you go. It's kind of like, whoa, I'm officially in a different tax bracket now. And, and yo, this is definitely the biggest, uh, lump sum of money you get in advance, they call it, you know? So they give you like,
Daphné Vanessa (00:14:50): Like when you write a book
Dee-1 (00:14:52): Yeah. There you go. There you go. Um, yep. I need to write a book too. Um, we can help you with that word word. Yeah. Like I need to do that. Um, I have a lot to, to, to share with people mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:15:41): And I actually learned, uh, a lot of principle, a lot of mistakes that I even made when taking out loans and the amount that I took out compared to the, the session that I went into and the starting salary, you know, and it was just, it, it, it was things that I've like, oh, I've learned this so that I can better inform, um, the next person coming up. Yep. You know, so, yep. Yeah. The, the record deal definitely gave me an opportunity. It was like ID, you signed this record deal. RCA records, big, big company, right. Mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:16:26): Um, or do you stay driving your 1998 Honda accord that I had at the time? Mm-hmm
Daphné Vanessa (00:17:12): Loses value. By the way, the, the day you drive off
Dee-1 (00:17:14): The lot. Yeah. Depreciation, ladies and gentlemen, there you go. And, and people, you know, I'm glad you said that because I feel the same way about cars nowadays. You know, you have the people that'll try to butt in and say, no, but now you can turn that car into something profitable by putting it on tour or things like that. There was no Toro when I signed my deal, you know what I mean? Like, yeah. This what, as in last year that I signed my deal, mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:18:05): Take the car. Here's the keys.
Dee-1 (00:18:07): And, and
Daphné Vanessa (00:18:08): For, I give you his, I'm gonna walk
Dee-1 (00:18:10): Away at this moment time. And,
Dee-1 (00:18:11): And, and my heart started beating so fast and I had my partner with me and, and I remember after the recording session ended, we are in the car and we are on the highway in Houston. And I promise you, I'm going 35 miles per hour on the interstate
Dee-1 (00:18:25): Going so slow. Cuz it's raining that
Dee-1 (00:18:27): Night. And, and I'm just like, bro, this car worth more than my life right now. Like
Dee-1 (00:18:32): For real, like I cannot.
Dee-1 (00:18:33): And then next thing you know, we in Houston and mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:18:48): Freaking rear mirror and somebody is behind
Dee-1 (00:18:51): Me and they are swinging on the interstate approaching us. And they're like
Dee-1 (00:18:55): Moving lane to lane. I'm like, what the heck am I supposed to do right now? Like John street drive. I'm so scared. Yeah. I was like, please, bro,
Dee-1 (00:19:02): Don't hit this man's car. That's so funny. So I was like, I, I felt that feeling of driving those type of cars, you know, I, um, I've, I've felt the feeling of, okay, I see this nice watch or I see this nice chain or whatever. None of that felt better than getting that final email. When I had the last of all of my loans paid off,
Dee-1 (00:19:23): Nothing felt better than that. And when I, when I accomplished that and when I felt so great about that, I, I wanted to throw a party mm-hmm
Daphné Vanessa (00:20:09): I'm telling you, I, I love that. And it, and what did you think, first of all, I have a question. Quick question about the video. There is one other guy that has the I finish shirt in your music video. Did he also pay off his student loans?
Dee-1 (00:20:20): The dude who had the I finish shirt. Cause
Daphné Vanessa (00:20:22): There's you and there's the other guy there? Two guys,
Dee-1 (00:20:24): Right? No, he
Dee-1 (00:20:26): Just, he was like, D I like that shirt. That's a, that's a great cousin. He was just like, D I like that shirt. I didn't pay him all the, yeah.
Dee-1 (00:20:33): But I wanna channel
Dee-1 (00:20:33): That energy. So let me weigh it,
Daphné Vanessa (00:20:35): Speak it into existence. Okay. I'm fine. I'm fine with it. Yeah. I just, we had a bet, so I lost, but anyway, I lost, I lost it's okay. It's okay. We lose so time. It's fine. Um, but okay, cool. I love that. I love that it's an Anthem, but I also think it's inspirational because when I heard that song, um, and it was, it came out before we started this podcast. I wanted it to be the intro to our podcast. Mm. Like, to me, I heard that song and I was like, that's exactly how I want to inspire people to pay off their student. I don't want there to be student loan debt. That's that's why we started a whole company getting rid of it. Like, I don't think it should exist. I think it's holding back society for sure. Right. People aren't getting married. They're not having kids. They're not doing basic things that further our economy.
Dee-1 (00:21:18): Yeah. That's very real.
Daphné Vanessa (00:21:19): So, I mean, I think it's an Anthem.
Dee-1 (00:21:21): Yeah. Yeah. It is definitely an Anthem. Uh, the, the Washington post called it, uh, the Anthem of a generation mm-hmm
Daphné Vanessa (00:21:56): What?
Dee-1 (00:21:57): Yeah. They, uh, they didn't, they didn't wanna push it. They did not wanna push it. So the story about that song is that, um, it never, it never really came out as an no fish or single mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:22:42): Now we want to help push it. First of all, I'm feeling like, you know, y'all the same people who literally just with me, this song was, was corny and y'all didn't wanna push it. So now y'all wanna push it. Mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:23:19): Cause I kind of don't even need y'all push at this point. Ali's opportunities are, are opening up organically. What's up mm-hmm
Daphné Vanessa (00:24:10): That because you deserve to own it for sure. Especially if they, anyways, we don't want to speak poorly of our employers, so
Dee-1 (00:24:18): Yeah. Yeah.
Daphné Vanessa (00:24:19): We'll keep moving. Sorry. We'll keep moving. Yeah. Um, so you swallowed your pride and went back and still had a conversation with them. Mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:24:31): That. Yeah. This, uh, this idea of, of us hating our employers, you know, um, is something that, uh, I've never, I've never hated, you know, mm-hmm,
Dee-1 (00:25:30): Uh, I was supposed to be on Jimmy Fallon performing that, uh, that song and the record label blocked that opportunity while all this was going on, they blocked it because the other big opportunities that were coming up, these outlets were reaching directly to my team. Mm-hmm
Daphné Vanessa (00:26:10): You are a forgiving person. Let me tell you.
Dee-1 (00:26:13): Yeah. I mean, yeah. You know, I'm, I'm a, I'm blessed by the best. So at the end of the day, it's just kind of like, you hear stuff like that, but then you look around and you see your life that you're living. And it's like, man, I'm, I'm, I'm so blessed that like, y'all thought y'all got over on me by blocking that opportunity, which y'all don't know is man, the way my life and my blessings are set up, God was probably like, bet D because you didn't go crazy and go with a baseball bat and, and, and, and, and breaking windows over there. I got, I got 10 times as many blessings for you. You know what I mean? So I'm cool.
Daphné Vanessa (00:26:44): Love that. Yeah. Love that. Um, what, let's talk about your future, right? So you paid off your student loans through the record label, and you just have an album that, that dropped. Yes. Um, you have some really inspirational music on that as well. Yes. Talk to us about that.
Dee-1 (00:26:59): So the album is called finding balance. Mm-hmm,
Daphné Vanessa (00:27:37): I'm sure people missed
Dee-1 (00:27:37): You. Oh gosh. I missed them even more straight up. Um, so that's been great.
Dee-1 (00:28:38): And I talk about, uh, I talk about that on the song residuals. So that's, um, yeah, that's out on album finding balance mm-hmm
Daphné Vanessa (00:29:16): Oh,
Dee-1 (00:29:16): Congratulations. Literally. So where,
Daphné Vanessa (00:29:18): Where can we find your podcast
Dee-1 (00:29:19): Everywhere at the same place they find yours? I'm sure. You know what I mean? Like everywhere, um, uh, apple, uh, Spotify, uh, uh, YouTube. And
Daphné Vanessa (00:29:27): What's
Dee-1 (00:29:28): It called? It's called mission vision with D one mm-hmm
Daphné Vanessa (00:30:05): And the audience is only so big also. Right.
Dee-1 (00:30:08): There you go. There you go. Not everybody is trying. There you go. I may have a, a 50 year old man or a woman that's like D one. I love what you stand for, man. You so wise so intelligent, but I just don't really no offense
Daphné Vanessa (00:30:20): To you. Like my 75 of year old dad.
Dee-1 (00:30:22): Yes. Yes. I'm not just getting in the car, pressing play and wanting to hear trap beats and, and, and then listen to your music, you know, and your message amid all that for some people mm-hmm,
Daphné Vanessa (00:30:37): Absolutely. And I love what I love about our podcast listeners is that we have like a real relationship with them for real. So people like reach out to us, hang out with us, meet for real. Yes that's so I, what I love, I think I, I have friends that are Instagram influencers and I haven't heard the same level of engagement yeah. From their audience, but our audience, the student loan podcast, you guys are awesome. Um, we, we meet up together. We hang out like you have a real really relationship with your listeners.
Dee-1 (00:31:03): That is so cool. You, you have a real relationship with your listeners because you choose to, I'm sure there's other people right. With, with that same opportunity because they have successful podcasts, but they don't choose to, or they feel like, oh, that's that's too much. Or that's, that's weird. So, you know, kudos to you because that's not something that you have to do because is also a lot of, um, uh, a lot of weirdos in this world, you
Daphné Vanessa (00:31:26): Know? That's true.
Dee-1 (00:31:27): Yeah. That's true. So shout out to you for, I guess having a discernment to, to know like, Hey, uh, it is cool to go a step deeper in the engagement with, with these listeners and whatnot. Um mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:32:20): So I'm on tour around the country. And after I do a couple of my songs, I kind of do this interlude of sorts where I'm, I'm just rapping this, uh, this, this freestyle of sorts. And every time I would do the, the segment that talked about paying my student loans off and how good that felt. And I would do the, you know, I don't drive a may back, but I finished paying Sally made back da, da, da mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:33:08): So I used to hate JayZ back then. But um, he said, uh, yeah, I sampled your voice. You were using it wrong. You made it a hot line. I made it a hot song. Right. And NAS had a NAS had a line, uh, that, that said I'm out for presidents to represent me good money. I'm out for presidents to represent me. I remember that Jay-Z took that line and made it into a song called dead presidents. Yes. And so, so many more people know Jay-Z's song, dead presidents than people who know that one line than NAS said. And when he said that, I was like, yo, I need to do that with this right here. This bar about paying Sally Mayback. Wow. This bar, like, I'm not gonna just have it be a hotline. I'm gonna make it a entire hot song,
Daphné Vanessa (00:33:54): Diamond
Dee-1 (00:33:55): Drop the mic. Whoa.
Daphné Vanessa (00:33:57): And this episode is over now. Um, no that that's, that applies to so many different areas. Right? Because you can have, you can be good at one thing. Mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:34:13): There you are. Yep. Yep.
Daphné Vanessa (00:34:14): And you did that with music. Yep. But our listeners can do that with their careers. Yes. They can do it with their are studies. They can do it with any sort of business ideas that there are so many other ways that you can apply that same idea.
Dee-1 (00:34:27): How bad do you want? It is what I would ask you. Who's watching this. Like how bad do you want it? Because, uh, you have to ask yourself questions. Like, what am I willing to sacrifice in order to get what I say? I want, Ooh, I'm no longer attracted to just people saying, well, what they want, what they want, what they want. My, my rebuttal every time is what are you willing to sacrifice in order to get what you want? Because that is what I have to look back on my journey and say that, uh, I had to, I, yeah, definitely. Like I, I had to, I had to sacrifice, uh, a lot of tangible, uh, pleasures of this world or a lot of, uh, a lot of things that people may say, Hey, uh, you shouldn't be depriving yourself of this. Like you just graduated college. You deserve to buy yourself a new car. Why? You know what I mean? Like, like
Daphné Vanessa (00:35:14): For you. Exactly. Yeah. Does it make you feel better? If I have a new car? Yeah. You should pay my car. Exactly.
Dee-1 (00:35:19): You should pay for my car. Exactly. Like, like, oh, you're not going to the club tonight. Everybody's gonna be there. Everybody is not gonna be there cuz I'm not gonna be there. So everybody not gonna be there. And I'm cool because I'm not just upstanding from, from these certain things, uh, just to suffer. No, I have a purpose for when I'm not at that club, those four hours, I'm gonna be writing a song. That's gonna change my life in those four hours. Um, that card that I'm not buying and that extra 25, $30,000, $40,000, whatever, once you finish paying the interest on it, like that's saying money is gonna be used to fund my studio time and to fund travel expenses, to be able to go around this country and make relationships that are then going to be like perpetually, like just adding value to my life forever.
Dee-1 (00:36:05): You know, that's, that's what it is. It's like, what are you willing to sacrifice to get what you want? And, and is this something that your fire is gonna burn out because your fire won't burn out. If this is something that you truly are doing because you are passionate about it. But so many people have tricked themselves into thinking they're passionate about something. Mm-hmm,
Dee-1 (00:36:53): And it's like, now you in your twenties and thirties, and it's like, are you chasing this? Because us of that person, you know? And, and like, we just have to, I believe in quiet time, I believe in having a sober mind, I don't drink, I don't smoke. You know what I'm saying? Mm-hmm,
Daphné Vanessa (00:38:13): Daphne, please put my name in. I'm be so happy. I'm
Dee-1 (00:38:16): Like, we're rhymes with that. And I'm sitting here stuck and, and I'm like, that would be awesome. This ain't the sexy part of this. No it's of this, uh, profession, but that's where it's like, man, I'm so happy that I love this because I love even the non-sex posts about it. You know?
Daphné Vanessa (00:38:30): That's how you know, so. Okay. Tell, so that's, that's a really good point. Walking through separating what you think your passion is from what it actually is. What, uh, methodology did you use to come up with it?
Dee-1 (00:38:43): All right. Number one. Uh, am I willing to do this for free? Mm. Do I still get joy out of it when I'm doing it for free, straight up. So am I willing to do it for free? And I get joy cuz you can be willing to do something, but that doesn't mean you're still getting joy out of it. So I was like, am I getting joy out of this? I was getting so much joy outta rapping for free that I almost forgot that you're supposed to get paid. I was just every time I put on a new mix tape out. Oh yeah. Let's put it up on the website for free though. I don't want charge people. Like, let's just, I just wanted to down it and just enjoy it. Me why they like, you know, that's why they made iTunes. Right? Like you can put it there and monetize.
Dee-1 (00:39:20): Nah, I don't want charge people. I just want 'em to have it. Oh my gosh. I was like, yo I, and then I had to come to my senses. Like mm-hmm
Daphné Vanessa (00:40:12): Start at four 30.
Dee-1 (00:40:13): Yeah. I, I worked the morning shift. This was uh, the summer before I started, so oh wow. I had two jobs. I used to work at McDonald's and at a, uh, a store called circuit city mm-hmm
Daphné Vanessa (00:40:32): Yeah. I haven't seen one since
Dee-1 (00:40:33): Mississippi, so, but yeah, I used to, so I used to work from four 30 in the morning to 1:00 PM, um, at McDonald's and then I would get a ride from a, uh, I think my girlfriend's sister. No, no. I used to catch the bus. Yeah. From McDonald's to the other part of town mm-hmm
Daphné Vanessa (00:40:56): So you have incredible work at ethic.
Dee-1 (00:40:58): Yeah. Incredible work ethic, but I didn't have a desire to be great at either one of those jobs. It was literally about I'm doing this to save up as much money as possible for college so I could get a car, you know, mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:41:38): No, for sure. So tho those are my top two things. Let me see if I got a third one. Cause I like, I like threes, you know,
Dee-1 (00:42:27): Or you could be Chris brown with dreads, just rap about, you know, just rap about all these girls and all this stuff. And people telling me like this lane is wide open. If you, if you want to take that route, you know, and for me, I was like, no, I'm like really passionate about this specific art form because that doesn't take any effort. Anybody could rhyme, you know, uh, gun with fun with, to, with sun. And, and I was like, I don't wanna do that. Uh, I wanna actually put thought into this craft and I want to give people like a message in, in what I'm saying, but I wanna make it so creative and so charismatic that the message is wrapped up in such like entertainment value in such a dope package that people still flock to wanna consume this message. You know what I mean?
Dee-1 (00:43:14): I wanna be the rapper to where they say nobody from new Orleans has ever, uh, made it, you know, as, as an artist, as a rapper who is glorifying, guarding their music, who isn't cursing their music, who's glorifying being college educated, da da mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:43:55): And we could take some of their market share and, and just be like a branch off from them. It's like, no, if, if there's McDonald's then cool, I'm not gonna make McDonald's. You know what I'm saying? I, I, I'm not gonna make McDonald's, you know what I'm saying? I'm gonna be Chick-fil-A mm-hmm
Daphné Vanessa (00:44:43): I watch those videos.
Dee-1 (00:44:44): Yeah. Like the people who are down to do that, as opposed to the people who say, man, I'm just ready to live somewhere different tomorrow. So let's just find a house that exists already that I like. And we gonna go on and buy that. That's me. I'm I'm I'm the second one. I'm the second one. I'm like, man, I was ready to get a, uh, to get a crib look. I just, I ain't got no eight months, six months. Yeah. To
Daphné Vanessa (00:45:08): Wood. I like, yeah.
Dee-1 (00:45:09): Yeah. Like I straight man, I want, I want me a crib, uh, tomorrow. And mm-hmm
Daphné Vanessa (00:45:32): I love that. I love that. I, I mean, honestly, we could do a whole class right now for real like
Dee-1 (00:45:40): Whole master class.
Daphné Vanessa (00:45:41): It's a master class. This is a special episode. Um, the, you, you talk about the passion, you spoke about making sure that it's something that you would do for free making sure that you have your own lane. Um, those, just those two qualities by themselves. I think it reminds you that your passion is something that you're almost not the it's almost subconscious, right? Mm. You know that this is something that you are meant to do. Mm. Talk to the people in the audience that know what they're meant to do, but are not doing that so that they can pay the bills, pay off their student loans, whatever.
Dee-1 (00:46:16): Yeah. Well, I can't put all of y'all in the same category. Mm. So I don't wanna say that I'm, um, that, I'm sorry for you because some people are willingly, you know, not, not doing what they love mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:47:07): You know, uh, for me, I'm in a stage in my life to where I don't want that fear to prevent me from, uh, having my best in, in any aspect of my life. So now it's, uh, working to figure out how to overcome that fear. Um, and that takes intentional effort. That takes consistency, that takes, uh, prayer. And that, that just takes like a lot of work. You gotta shut up and grind. You know, you, you can't make excuses, cuz the fear is what will produce the excuses. And the fear will put the excuses right on your lap to where it's like, here you go. Here's all the excuses. All you gotta do is just pick which one you want to, uh, you know, use today. Here are the excuse. Here's the excuse. So I know that that's so of y'all um, with some of y'all it's like, yo there's literally no fear.
Dee-1 (00:47:52): It's just the circumstance that I'm in, in life right now. Mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:48:45): So that is, uh, really important to know that you not inadequate, if you don't have all the answers on your own, as far as maybe the strategy maybe you, you, you have an idea, but you're not sure about certain aspects of things, uh, tap into a professional, you know, tap into a person, uh, like currently, uh, there's areas in my life to where I was like, Hmm, I know what I want. Mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:49:43): So, you know, I'm practicing what I preach, you know, I'm just telling people that, that, um, yeah, like we, we all have all have a unique, you know, situation as to what may be preventing us from getting where we want to get. And, uh, I mean, honestly, if you are watching this right now, I feel like you at least care enough about either student loans or your student loan journey, or just, you know, forward progress in life to where you are already proving that if you're watching, if you're listening to this, you're proving that you want to make progress. And, and it's like, progress is a thing that we have to, uh, that we have to commit to as part of a lifestyle. And, and, and that's all like, if you, you don't commit to this, then what are you committing to? Are you committing to complacency? Mm. You know?
Daphné Vanessa (00:50:34): Wow. I'm so powerful. Um, I think you're talking about growth. You're talking about finding those people that can help you get there. Uh, what about your routines specifically your morning routine?
Dee-1 (00:51:17): So the question as to the, the routine back then, that helped to get me in a, uh, in a place where, where I was focusing on the right things in the morning is that, uh, honestly I didn't go to Starbucks every day. Mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:52:21): And some of the music, I was like, it's not making me wanna do anything. It's literally just, uh, like pro me to become dumber, you know? And I had to stop listening to that music. It's been hard to stop listening to that music because I grew up my whole life, listening to this stuff, to where you develop an appetite for something that's actually poisonous, you know, uh, you know, to you. And, uh, I got serious though. Uh, I got serious a morning routine, and before I was able to say, I wanna try to cut more and more of this out of my overall life. It was like, at least in the morning, D give a break, bro. Like at least in, I never wanted to be that person pulling up to my job and I gotta turn the music laid down. Cause it's like,
Dee-1 (00:53:05): I'm in here selling dope and killing people in, in this car. Like, that's what I'm doing. And now I'm in front of these kids at school. Let me turn the volume down.
Dee-1 (00:53:12): That's so funny. So I was able to stop, uh, that and, and really, I remember my drives to school being, uh, I'll be by myself and I, I, I could legit, uh, talk to God out loud though, you know? Um, wow. Yeah, out loud and, and talking to God out loud, uh, it felt great. It felt great to get the conversations outta my brain. Mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:54:02): Yeah. So with that being said, I set those tensions for the day. Um, you know, after giving things to God, I set those intentions for the day in terms of not even everything that I wanna accomplish, cuz then that feels like work that gets to like looking at a to-do list. But I set the intentions in terms of what energy do I want to carry with me wherever I go in that day with whoever I encounter, what do I want to radiate? You know, what kind the joy do I want to, to radiate. Um, and just constantly thinking about what I want to exude, you know, mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:54:47): Uh, literally right across the street from where I'm staying. So it's like, I go get me a bowl or like a smoothie or something to, to, you know, in a healthy way, like start out my morning as well. Um, that's when I, when I'm able to, when I'm not traveling and in a place where I'm kind of like, ah, there's nothing really around then, I'm always is looking to start my day off with a smoothie or with an I SI bowl or, or something that's just gonna be nourishing to me. And by the time I do those things, by the time I I've prayed, I've set my intentions for the day mm-hmm
Daphné Vanessa (00:55:24): I love that. I love that. That is a wonderful morning routine that you can still apply as you're paying off your student loans. Um, but, but it's carried you even into the success that you have
Dee-1 (00:55:34): Today, for sure. For sure. For sure. And then, and the success that I, uh, the success that I have, I always, I always make sure that like, when I think about the student loan journey, that it's not something that I, uh, that I approach with the level of, um, uh, shame about ever having the loans mm-hmm
Dee-1 (00:56:25): And I still had the death though. Yeah. And I just remember being, uh, just having a level of shame, uh, at, at various points that would just make me mad and make me angry. And, and I realized that, um, you can't be like that. Uh, your journey is your journey. Yeah. And, and the decisions that we have made already, all we can do is focus on cool. How do we make better wins in the future? But, uh, there's also value in, you know, in, in exposing yourself to a lot of knowledge and a lot of wisdoms so that, uh, for those of us shoot, you might have somebody right now who is really in school and hasn't, and is on fence about if they need to take out certain loans or not. You might have someone who hasn't even started school yet. They're trying to pick which school they're gonna go to. Yep. And I'm telling you, Hey, go to the one. If you're getting a scholarship from one versus not from the other, go to that one with the,
Daphné Vanessa (00:57:19): What is the love of your life? Is that the school math
Dee-1 (00:57:21): Forget home, man. She ain't gonna do not, but, but mess over you. That's what happened to me? Oh no. Oh yeah. She cheated on me. Oh yeah.
Daphné Vanessa (00:57:28): Oh my God. I'm
Dee-1 (00:57:29): So sorry. Oh, what? I'm traumatized,
Speaker 8 (00:57:31): Girl. What you mean? I'm still, I'm still shook. Oh yeah.
Daphné Vanessa (00:57:34): Guys. Let's pray for D one. Yeah. Got positive relationships in this life.
Dee-1 (00:57:38): Yeah. Yo that that's a whole, that's a whole, that's part two of this episode. It would be the whole rundown, but nah, it's cool. It's cool. Without that I wouldn't have started rapping. Um, I started rapping because heartbreak. Yes. Literally heartbreak. Like I definitely. So
Daphné Vanessa (00:57:52): Thank you girl. That cheated on
Dee-1 (00:57:54): D one. Nah, thank you. For real. Like for real, like it's been a lot of lives blessed, you know, by, by D one and by D one's music and a lot of people gonna continue to be blessed. So thank you. And I say that with all due respect, it's it's all love. It's no, it's no beef or anything at this point. Like God works in mysterious ways.
Daphné Vanessa (00:58:12): It really does. And last major point I think, is using something that hurts you so much to bring out the best in you is like almost your story.
Dee-1 (00:58:24): Yes. Yes. That is, that is uh, wow. That, that is what that is. What champions are made of mm-hmm
Daphné Vanessa (00:58:54): You still an
Dee-1 (00:58:55): Underdog? Am I still an underdog? Very much so. Uh, yes, because, because whenever you representing, you know, being real, being righteous and being relevant in the industry that we glorified being wrong, being ratchet and being ridiculous, you know, you always gonna be the underdog, you know, mm-hmm
Dee-1 (01:00:03): And it's like, I, I, I want that for so many more people. So with that being said, I always have work to do, um, there's gonna impact lives, right. That's why I'm the underdog because a person who is not the underdog once they make it for themselves, they're just like, right. I'm comfortable. I did it. I, I did, I did what I had to do. Like that was, that was easy. I put in the little work I made it. And that's all, this was all about. This is never just all about me. This is all about everybody watching this all about everybody who my music isn't reaching yet, but I got the potential to reach 'em. So I gotta make a song that's a little better, a little doper market, a little harder and, and reach them. Their life literally hangs in the balance. You know what I'm saying?
Daphné Vanessa (01:00:44): You are literally doing the work of Jesus.
Dee-1 (01:00:47): Thank you. That's shoot. I, I wouldn't have any other way.
Daphné Vanessa (01:00:51): I'm I think that is a beautiful way to wrap up this amazing episode. Do you have any words of advice for the audience? Words of encouragement before we wrap up,
Dee-1 (01:01:05): If y'all didn't get any advice or encouragement in this last hour, then
Dee-1 (01:01:09): You need to press rewind and you need to, you must have been busy texting or something. Cause
Dee-1 (01:01:14): We done put a lot out, take notes. Yeah. Like straight up, just like I wear on my chest though. Be real, be righteous and be relevant in everything you do. Um, be real, be righteous and be relevant. Live your life with mission, vision, understanding that you do have a purpose and it's all about just having the vision to manifest that purpose and make it come true. Um, I'm here to help you on your journey, uh, as is Daphne and you know, this isn't gonna stop, uh, I'm D one, uh, all of the, all of the, all of the work that I do, that's out there on in that, um, you know, it's all meant to serve you to be honest with you. So just enjoy you're heard me go dig in.
Daphné Vanessa (01:01:49): Yes, yes. And where can our lovely listeners find you engage with you? Where can we connect?
Dee-1 (01:01:56): Sure. So on our social media platforms is D one music, D E the number one music. That's Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, uh, even my YouTube channel D one music. Um, I now have my podcast, the mission vision podcast with D one on all podcasts and platforms. Go check that out. The first episode just dropped today, literally. Yeah. Um, super excited about that. Uh, just randomly thinking today, my mama's birthday mama. Happy
Dee-1 (01:02:23): Birthday to you. Happy. I already text
Dee-1 (01:02:25): You mama, but I'm a, you know, and I know, yeah, my I'm gonna send
Dee-1 (01:02:28): You this podcast just so you can hear the shout out. I gave you, you heard me just so you know, like my baby really love me.
Dee-1 (01:02:34): Y'all love you mom. So, uh, big shout out to, to her and, um, and everywhere on all streaming platforms for my music is D E E dash one. Just spell my name, right. And go consume the music. And lastly, uh, my website, mission, vision, lifestyle.com. That's where you'll see the apparel. That's where you'll see the upcoming tour dates. That's where you'll see everything else I got going on. And I think that's, uh, about it.
Daphné Vanessa (01:02:59): Yay. Awesome. Well, thank you everyone for listening to another episode of the student loan podcast. For more episode, you know where to go. You go to the student loan podcast.com/the episode number that you are listening to. We loved having D one on, we cannot wait to listen to more of his music. Go check his tours out, go listen to the podcast. I know I'm gonna listen to it literally right after we finish recording. Um, and I can't wait to see you guys next week. Have a good one.
Dee-1 (01:03:28): Peace.
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