Dae-Lee amplifies audiences with distinct puns & inspirational missives
He’s survived the churning eras of music, while still spitting the tried and true verses of Hip-Hop.
The Grammy-nominated artist confirms that basketball was his first love, but once his uncle introduced him to the keyboard, he's produced melodies ever since.
With about fifteen-years in the music industry, the lyrical-elder collaborated with other artist before debuting his first mix-tape in 2007. Sometime in 2014, he released a full EP entitled #Reflect
"This album stretched me because my vision wasn't to create a hip hop album, it was to bring different people together, culturally, and ethnically, and create music that had a different tale. As an example, the reason I did a song with Chris Brown of Elevation Worship, it was to do hip hop, so I could introduce a new artist that people may not have heard otherwise.
So, I merged country and hip hop together, to give people the opportunity to like the album. I had to grab other artist, and trust what they do. I had to grab other producers, to help me make it official. It stretched me, but it was very exciting working with different people, and creating different stuff.
The Christian rapper is wildly dedicated. His sonnets are introspective and unsparing, which is great because listeners aren’t bored out of their gore, waiting on jaw-breaking punch lines once he's liberated them.
Always using a cool and upbeat cadence for his songs, Dae-Lee never wavered from his original blueprint. His exchange of ideas remained lucid even at the start of his career.
As a Christian, he doesn’t shove his beliefs in your face. Either folks rock with him or they don’t. Dae-Lee is still capable of appealing to the masses with his poetic story-lines.
“I place opinions on various levels. Everybody’s opinions aren’t worth movement. I surround myself with people I know, who understand what I'm doing. I also believe that one person’s path isn’t the path for everyone. What someone may be communicating, it might be great, but that doesn’t mean it’s my path. I believe in myself, and in what God has given me, to use. He doesn’t want me to use it ten years from now, He wants me to use it right now. I just enjoy it. There is a business aspect to it. If I’m not enjoying it, and I don’t feel like I’m where God wants me to be, I’m wasting my time.”
Apparently, Dae-Lee learned how to subdue his listeners through rousing wordplay early in his career.
“Honestly, I feel like I’ve had to learn a lot of things that typical artist doesn’t learn. Actually, with my first single, Royal, and continuing every month, [we are] releasing singles. It's due to what I had to learn; just how music works, how you make money, and what people are looking for that they are consuming. Everybody is moving to streaming, and they aren’t really buying music anymore. This music is moving towards subscription, dates, and [a] community via my own app.”
The native of Hampton, Virginia, doesn’t need rules to dictate his future, and with his newest app, Dae-Lee Official App, he's just proving that there is no world order when it comes to music.
Dae-Lae is obscuring the path that other MC’s created. He’s marking his own territory with a distinct vibe.
Though he’s got a rash of hits, Dae-Lee is really focusing on newer releases, such as his single, Royal. It’s the equivalent of Jay Z’s ‘Moonlight’ creeping on Goodie Mobs ‘Beautiful Skin.’ Nope, it’s not because the messages are similar. Far from it, and in fact, Dae-Lee is just a Christian rapper with a crazy 'it factor' that listeners were thirsting for back in the 90’s when Goodie and Jay Z had the cultured flow.
This happened long before Young Thug and his cryptic mumble rap.
As for Dae-Lee’s vibrations, spectators won’t feel over educated or under-served. It’s a medium of good vibrations. His song is the best of both worlds, spanning from a profound message that could be heard on a multitude of radio stations.
Dae-Lee achieved the studio mix and mastering, where the instrumentals aren't crackling and the song isn’t boring or flat. He’s got the fanciful beat and an appetizing flow that’s downright, dope, period.
"Right now, I’m moving into a phase of doing things a little bit different, moving away from the EP’s, the albums and just hitting you [guys] with song after song. As for my focus, I’m on the hip hop lane, as well as inspirational or the gospel hip hop.
My new song Royal is all about knowing who you are. Once you know who you are, you’ll be able to live out of that; so the illustration for Royal is [about] people who walk around with low self-esteem— They don’t believe they are worthy or valuable, and it may look different from person-to-person, but the message of the song, it’s knowing who you are. All of us, we are created by God, and we are valued. If we choose to see ourselves that way, then that will change the way we live our lives. It has no bearing on what you do or what you don’t do—Who I am, that's who I am.”
As Dae-Lee stated, he doesn’t want to limit his sound, so he’s objective when it comes to his prose.
While having strong metrical's is certainly important when establishing longevity in the entertainment industry, artist tend to follow trends, instead of earning placement with originality.
"I made a trip to Nashville, and this guy, who had years and years in the music industry within the hip hop lane, pop, and CTM Christian—One thing he explained to me, and again, it just confirmed it for myself within the music industry... There are cheap seats, and then there is the front row. Typically, as artist, and in the industry or business of music, they try to find carbon copies, which are the cheap seats, or they [will] get behind somebody that’s on the front row, different, that’s like nobody else.
I guess the main thing is to figure out who you are, and go one-hundred-percent in that lane; but, as you know, trends come [and] Migos here. Now, we got all the Migos, copy cats. Whatever is popular at the time, we get all the copycats. Typically, if you