It’s been about a year and a half since Dee-1 put out a full-length project, but he’s been grinding nonstop since then with a relentless tour schedule and simultaneously working on two projects. The Focus Tape is the first one of the pair, featuring none other than New Orleans legend Mannie Fresh as its host and boasting guest verses from Mos Def, Murs, LeCrae, Killer Mike and more.
Dee-1′s improvement is tangible, and you can hear the difference in his recent singles from his I Hope They Hear Me series. The young emcee’s flow is more precise now and his style is becoming even more unique. But what really separates him from the pack is his ever strong message of peace and love, which he successfully gets across without becoming a preacher. It’s not an easy lane to ride in, but Dee-1 resoundingly delivers his statement that he’s a force that’s here to stay, or in other words The Focus Tape.