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Deaf rapper Sean Forbes makes himself joyfully heard on the hip-hop scene

January 27, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

Washington Post

January 25

Sean Forbes is blowing up.

In 2010, the Detroit-based rapper inked a two-record deal with Web Entertainment, the label that launched Eminem.

Since 2012, he has been touring relentlessly behind his debut album, “Perfect Imperfection,” performing for more than 150,000 fans in 60 cities, including a sold-out show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, where he shared the stage with Stevie Wonder.

His online videos have notched more than 1.3 million hits on YouTube and Facebook.

And in April 2013, he was crowned outstanding hip-hop artist of the year at the Detroit Music Awards, a nationally recognized industry event.

He also happens to be deaf.

Forbes is the undisputed king of deaf hip-hop, an emerging musical genre that is giving hundreds of thousands of deaf people access to a cultural experience that until recently was all but unknown to them, while also bridging the cultural divide between the world of the deaf and the world of the hearing.

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Inspirational deaf dancer Macy Baez going for hip hop gold in US

August 1, 2014 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

Illawarra Mecury, Australia
By LISA WACHSMUTH

July 22, 2014
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Born profoundly deaf, Albion Park hip hop dancer Macy Baez doesn’t hear the beat of the music the same as the rest of her crew, rather she “feels the music”.

The 14-year-old is part of Crew Illagroovers, a young dance troupe that will jet off to the United States next week to represent Australia in an international hip hop competition.

Macy’s drive and talent has inspired many, including NSW Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka, who on Tuesday presented the crew from Street Beatz Hip Hop studio with a $5000 cheque to help them on their way.

“Macy is one determined little individual. It was my honour to meet her and help her get one step closer to the United States to dance,” he said. “… Macy is a great role model for all young people with disability.”

The Dapto High School student, who has bilateral Cochlear implants, said she was thrilled to be able to compete on a global stage.

The crew of seven, aged from 12 to 14, will compete in the varsity section of the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas from August 4 to 10 and Macy is going for gold.

“I’m going there to win,” she said. “I’m very excited, and a bit nervous, but I love competing because it’s a lot of fun and it has a serious side too.”

Not only has Macy’s dancing improved since she started lessons six years ago, so has her hearing.

“I have to listen hard for the beat,” she said. “I feel it before I hear it.”