Deaf Rapper Sean Forbes to Release "Perfect Imperfection" on April 2
Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:49:10
Deaf rapper Sean Forbes will release his album Perfect Imperfection on April 2. Yes, you read right. He is a deaf rapper. How does that work? Well, let him tell you.
"Many people think that deaf people can't do anything when, in reality, we can do everything except hear," says the Detroit-based Forbes. "I felt that by making a difference as a musician who happens to be deaf would lead people, especially those who struggle with identity, to be able to say, 'Hey, if Sean Forbes can become a deaf musician, I can do anything.'"
Those are inspiring words from a young man who has had to not only overcome adversity but has inspired others to do the same. On April 2, 2013, Sean Forbes will have the opportunity to inspire an even larger community with the national release of his debut album, Perfect Imperfection [on iTunes now].
"When I first started getting really serious with music, I thought to myself, 'How can I make a difference?'" he recalls. "The best advice I got was from my Uncle Denny who was a musician, songwriter, and sound engineer that worked with Bob Seger, Anita Baker, and Barry Manilow to name a few. He told me, 'Sean, create your own path, don't try to be like Eminem. Don't try to be like Kid Rock. Do something that has never been done before.' Those were words I ran with."
So he didn't call on his home city's rich musical history. He chose to be himself. We're pretty sure deaf rappers are not common and we applaud him for going against the grain! Yay Sean Forbes.
From the call-to-attention opening track "We Interrupt This Program" to the funky and cheeky "Bob Dylan (Was the First Rapper)" to the R&B smoothness of "The Maze," Perfect Imperfection is an incredibly strong album not only in message but in music as well. Sean describes the autobiographical "Watch These Hands":
"This is my life story in a nutshell. I didn't grow up the same way as many other kids. I had to ride a short bus an hour to school every day and an hour back with other peers from different walks of life. It really opens your eyes and it's definitely one of the reasons I've turned towards making my music empowering and meaningful: 'Watch these hands, they can dance, they can sing, they can dance." They can and they will."
Will you check out Perfect Imperfection by deaf rapper Sean Forbes? Are you at least curious?