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“Forty” (listen/download)

Defcee is a rapper, poet, and teaching artist who is originally from Illinois. He recorded and released his first album at the mere age of 17 and has been on a roll ever since. He has performed in countless cities across the United States as well as internationally, in places such as Mexico and the United Kingdom. Also, he spent a period of time affiliated with the Higher Education Records camp. At the moment he is working on his second solo album, Damn Near Grown. The project is slated to have a healthy number of guest appearances and producers, including Milwaukee emcee Klassik. To get fans hyped about the pending LP, there will be a series of promotional releases. First up is the single, “Forty.”

“Forty” is penned to the “Perfectionists” instrumental. Which is a track originally done by rappers Rick Ross and Meek Mill. The production was handled by The Alchemist. To give an idea to those who haven’t heard the first run of the record, the production is hot. The sturdy bass, suave background ingredients, mid-tempo groove, and rugged vibe culminate nicely. There is no hook to be found on this track. Which works out well since the song is on the shorter end. The unceasing content is of prime quality. Defcee brandishes a coarse flow, biting wordplay, and aggressive rhymes. The purpose of “Forty” is described as a return to the battle style culture of the Chi sprinkled with punchlines. Defcee embraced that description quite fittingly. A few lines worth mentioning are: “You wanna be bad like B-Rad. F–k what you rapping bout. Twerk team tapes the only time you get the ratchet out. (…) And they bars say way more then they age ever do. Just keep on dating themselves like Asexuals. Old a** songs bout who they murk on the block. And that s–t been played since Uncle Murda was hot.” Insane bars being spit right there. Overall, this was a great initial release to get the buzz going for the pending album.

**My Two Cents: This was a dope cut. I first heard Defcee back when he was doing his thing with Moses (Higher Education Records). It’s good to see that he’s still at it. Damn Near Grown is scheduled to hit the public sometime in November of this year. While they wait, those interested can keep up with Defcee on Facebook and Twitter. -MinM