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MADEMUSIC
mentioned has definitely increased . How strategic are you with the moves that you make to attain some of the success that you ’ ve had ?
Dee1 : My team really follows suit with what I put out there , but I ’ ve always been the visionary . So , this is definitely no one else ’ s vision but mine and I consult with my team because I trust their opinions . That being said , the strategic part that I have to just know what music to release . Because I might do ten songs , but then I have to decide Do I put out all 10 of these out ? Which ones should I shoot videos for ? When do I put it out ? When I do put it out , how long do I push it for before I put something else out ?
MADE : You mentioned before that you kept wondering at a certain point why you were in a good place in your career vs . a great one . How does your career feel to you now as opposed to then ? What advice would you give to those who feel the same way you did professionally back then ?
Dee1 : So , I definitely feel like I ’ m in a better place than I was at that time because that was a difficult time for me . Mentally , I was struggling . I wasn ’ t feeling at peace with where I was . I was comparing myself to other people too much and I was unfulfilled on a certain level . Now at this point , I do feel more peace and more confidence about how things are going and even where things are going . I feel a sense of peace about it .
I think since then , I have made a transition as a man to where I ’ m a bolder leader now . I ’ m more confident in why I ’ m on this earth and why I ’ m in this rap game ,¬ so it makes all of my moves feel a lot swifter , a lot more fluid instead of me having to overthink . I remember overthinking stuff a lot and always second ¬ guessing intuition . And that ’ s when you ’ re not really following God ’ s
will is when you ’ re having to overthink and second or third guess all the small , minor details .
To get over that hump , we gotta first make sure that we defeat the inner enemies that we have and the inner demons that might be holding us back . For me , what that was , was just knowing that God is the one I ’ m praying to for these blessings . God is the one who gave me the talent , so why am I ignoring God when it comes to how I need to go about making music or what I need to do in certain situations .
MADE : So , it sounds like spirituality is what helped you evolve over the years ?
Dee1 : For me that was the thing , it ’ s just not trying to micro ¬ manage God and putting God in the little box . Where I feel like people were trying to put me in a little box , that ’ s what I feel like I was trying to do with God for a long time . I just realized that I can say God ’ s name a hundred times in an interview , but people know and they can tell because of my energy and authenticity and they can still tell . Like man ... “ This dude is not a pastor or a gospel rapper or anything , this dude is really a real dude who just has his priorities in line . He knows where his blessings come from and he knows why he ’ s in this game but still be relatable .”
MADE : What has being on that music intersection of rap meets spirituality taught you about perceptions in your career ?
Dee1 : That was something I struggled for a while , because I was like “ Dang , I ’ m the dude that don ’ t curse , college graduate , former teacher and now I ’ m talking about God all the time .” I think that interview started to show me that I can be transparent about my struggles and everything and people are going to be able to respond to it in a positive way , because they know I ’ m relatable .
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MADEMUSIC mentioned has definitely increased. How strategic are you with the moves that you make to attain some of the success that you’ve had? will is when you’re having to overthink and second or third guess all the small, minor details. To get over that hump, we gotta first make sure that we defeat the inner enemies that we have and the inner demons that might be holding us back. For me, what that was, was just knowing that God is the one I’m praying to for these blessings. God is the one who gave me the talent, so why am I ignoring God when it comes to how I need to go about making music or what I need to do in certain situations. Dee1: My team really follows suit with what I put out there, but I’ve always been the visionary. So, this is definitely no one else’s vision but mine and I consult with my team because I trust their opinions. That being said, the strategic part that I have to just know what music to release. Because I might do ten songs, but then I have to decide Do I put out all 10 of these out? Which ones should I shoot videos for? When do I put it out? When I do put it out, how long do I push it for before I put something else out? MADE: So, it sounds like spirituality is what helped you evolve over the years? MADE: You mentioned before that you kept wondering at a certain point why you were in a good place in your career vs. a great one. How does your career feel to you now as opposed to then? What advice would you give to those who feel the same way you did professionally back then? Dee1: For me that was the thing, it’s just not trying to micro¬manage God and putting God in the little box. Where I feel like people were trying to put me in a little box, that’s what I feel like I was trying to do with God for a long time. I just realized that I can say God’s name a hundred times in an interview, but people know and they can tell because of my energy and authenticity and they can still tell. Like man... “This dude is not a pastor or a gospel rapper or anything, this dude is really a real dude who just has his priorities in line. He knows where his blessings come from and he knows why he’s in this game but still be relatable.” Dee1: So, I definitely feel like I’m in a better place than I was at that time because that was a difficult time for me. Mentally, I was struggling. I wasn’t feeling at peace with where I was. I was comparing myself to other people too much and I was unfulfilled on a certain level. Now at this point, I do feel more peace and more confidence about how things are going a ٕݡɔѡ́ɔ$)͕͔Ёи()5]Ё́ѡЁͥ)ѕ͕ѥɅ́ɥՅх՝Ё)Ёɍѥ́ȁɕ)QЁ݅́ͽѡ$՝ȁ)ݡ͔$݅́q'eѡՑ)ѡЁeЁ͔ɅՅєɵȁѕ)܁'eхЁѡѥt$)ѡѡЁѕ٥܁хѕѼ͡܁ѡЁ$)ɅɕЁЁ՝ٕ́ѡ)ɔѼѼɕѼЁ)ͥѥٔ݅䰁͔ѡ䁭܁'eɕх()$ѡͥѡ$ٔɅͥѥ́)Ѽݡɔ'eȁȁܸ'eɔ)Ёݡ'eѡ́Ѡݡ'e)ѡ́Ʌ ͼЁ́䁵ٕ)ЁݥѕȰЁɔեѕ)٥Ѽٕѡ$ɕȁٕѡ)ՙЁ͕݅́ Օͥեѥ)ѡӊéݡ׊eɔЁɕ䁙ݥe()饹)饹((((