Sway SXSW Takeover 2016: Dee-1’s Passion Shines Through in his Performance of “Against Us” and “Sallie Mae Back” + Freestyles Acapella & Reveals an Interview with Sway from 2014 Saved His Life

What more can we say about our good friend Dee-1? Always staying true to what he believes in the NOLA rapper has been grinding for years after quitting his job as a middle school math and life skills teacher. One of the best story telling emcee’s in the game right now Dee-1’s latest single “Sallie Mae Back” has gone viral picking up attention from Forbes, Mashable, CNN and more.

He joined us at SXSW to perform this incredible story telling track about using his label advance money to pay off his student loans. With unrivaled stage presence and passion, Dee-1 also performed his track “Against Us” and announced that a remix to the song is coming shortly complete with verses from Big KRIT and Lupe Fiasco. You can watch the performance above as well as our exclusive interview about “Sallie Mae Back” HERE and Dee-1’s inspirational interview with Sway from 2014 below, a sit down that saved Dee-1’s life and even inspired a song.


Icon of hip-hop culture and a pivotal part of the MTV News team, Sway has been a staple of the music-news arena for more than a decade. From giving Eminem, Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac their very first radio airplay on his local show in the mid-’90s to providing television viewers with their first good look at some of today’s hottest celebrities in music, film, fashion and sports. Sway has been there for some of music and the world’s biggest moments.

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