The 22-year-old artist started rapping while he was still in high school, inspired by a childhood in the tough Parisian suburbs, soundtracked by the old school rap he was hearing through his elders: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Tupac, Snoop Dogg. As he got older, those influences turned into pioneering artists like Lil Wayne, Young Thug and the undisputed king of trap, Gucci Mane.
He’s part of a thriving hip-hop collective known as L'Ordre Du Périph, which contains a multitude of music makers of all different styles and approaches. But his debut solo album, Gear 2, was the product of Dee’s mind alone, assisted by the psychedelic beats of the French producer Skuna. Tracks like “Berry” cemented his signature style, awash with ad-libs (“Slay! Slay!”) and bars that land square on the beat.
To Dee, his music isn’t all about the message of the lyrics, it’s about the atmosphere and how it actually makes you feel. Gear 2 (the title of which is inspired by Dee’s favourite Japanese manga series, One Piece) is overwhelmingly party music, but with a savage edge. “I think my music is energetic and real,” he explains.