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on the surface and the whole world sees it because he ’ s a celebrity . I feel for him a lot of times because he struggles with stuff in public and I know I struggle with ( or a lot of us struggle with ) things internally so the world doesn ’ t have to see it . But if the world saw the type of things that certain people struggle with internally , the world would be looking at us crazy too . With him it just takes place on the surface .
MADE : It ’ s interesting you mentioned inward and outward struggle , especially since it seems that your faith is so strong . How do you manage to stay true to your values while navigating in the entertainment industry especially in hip-hop ?
Dee1 : Yeah , it ’ s not easy . It ’ s like the people I ’ m naturally close to or naturally grew up with it , it ’ s gotten to a point where we ’ re on different life paths and it ’ s hard for me to keep growing when I feel like there aren ’ t people around who are challenging me . It is difficult and I just had to learn to embrace my circle that is not consisting of musicians . So a lot of my circle who I talk to is made up of people who are not in the music industry at all and that ’ s the people I draw my inspiration from . It ’ s college professors , it ’ s teachers , it ’ s people that are pastors , it ’ s people that are community activists , it ’ s people that work a regular 9 ¬ -5 who are not trying to be famous or popular at all , but they are just trying to be good human beings . I ’ ve always had those people , but I wasn ’ t tapping into them for a while because I was like , “ Man , what am I gonna talk to this person for ? They can ’ t relate to this studio time I had to book or this tour I ’ m about to go on .” But you ’ ll be surprised how you can still draw inspiration from people who don ’ t do the same thing you do . It doesn ’ t mean you can ’ t work together . I can ’ t make these people my managers , my producers and all that , but I can draw inspiration from them .
MADE : You and Lil ’ Wayne share the connection of growing up in New Orleans . And being artists , of course . Have you all sat down and grabbed a cup of coffee yet ?
Dee1 : No it hasn ’ t happened . I think it is going to happen and when it does , I just hope that I say all the right things . I ’ m so confident that I will and I ' ll be in the right frame of mind to
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on the surface and the whole world sees it because he’s a celebrity. I feel for him a lot of times because he struggles with stuff in public and I know I struggle with (or a lot of us struggle with) things internally so the world doesn’t have to see it. But if the world saw the type of things that certain people struggle with internally, the world would be looking at us crazy too. With him it just takes place on the surface. MADE: It’s interesting you mentioned inward and outward struggle, especially since it seems that your faith is so strong. How do you manage to stay true to your values while navigating in the entertainment industry especially in hip-hop? Dee1: Yeah, it’s not easy. It’s like the people I’m naturally close to or naturally grew up with it, it’s gotten to a point where we’re on different life paths and it’s hard for me to keep growing when I feel like there aren’t people around who are challenging me. It is difficult and I just had to learn to embrace my circle that is not consisting of musicians. So a lot of my circle who I talk to is made up of people who are not in the music industry at all and that’s the people I draw my inspiration from. It’s college professors, it’s teachers, it’s people that are pastors, it’s people that are community activists, it’s people that work a regular 9¬-5 who are not trying to be famous or popular at all, but they are just trying to be good human beings. I’ve always had those people, but I wasn’t tapping into them for a while because I was like, “Man, what am I gonna talk to this person for? They can’t relate to this studio time I had to book or this tour I’m about to go on.” B Ё׊eɥ͕܁ԁѥ)Ʌ܁ɅѥɽݡeЁѡ()ͅѡԁ%ЁͻeЁԁe)ݽɬѽѡȸ$eЁѡ͔)̰ɽՍ́ѡаЁ$)Ʌ܁Ʌѥɽѡ)5eԁ1d]幔͡ɔѡ)ѥɽݥ9܁=ɱ̸)ѥ̰͔!ٔԁͅЁݸ)Ʌ)9ЁͻeЁ$ѡЁ́)ѼݡЁ̰$ЁѡЁ$)ͅ䁅ѡɥЁѡ̸'eͼЁѡ)$ݥ$ѡɥЁɅѼ()饹)饹((((