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Def Sound

Tuesday, May 12th 8:30PM PST


If music was a menu, Def Sound would be the vegan option. As an Afro Latino (parents from Belize & Panama) born and based in South Central LA, Def Sound (mom given name Emmanuel Ashley Ricketts) is a Grammy Award considered contemporary hip-hop artist, producer, published poet, DJ, and community activist. Def’s work as a poet has been included in Saul Williams’ Anthology CHORUS, while his music has been featured in LA WEEKLY, LA Record, The L.A. Times and the Spectrum Television show Music Diaries. Def has curated listening experiences called #LINKOUTSIDETHEBIO that bring together the intersections of live music, poetry, improvisation, and vegan food as a form of community memory making while stimulating the Black-owned femme space Reparations Club. Venturing into apparel design with “No.Body.Is.Illegal” sweatshirts and tees Def donates 10% of all profits to immigrant advocacy. Def is also a contributor to the internet pirate streaming network Locally Grown.tv as a curator of his own channel COLOREDTV. Locally Grown has been called “The new PBS” by Wired Magazine and operates as 24-hour programming for deprogramming. Lastly, Def is a student at UCI studying African American Studies with a focus on Black Critical Theory. Def is using his work to shift the black narrative back to an Afro Presentist humanist perspective with a buffet of healthy experimental raps and poems that feed both the mind and spirit. Def synthesizes Hip Hop and his Afro Latino roots using music as a healing mechanism while weaving together a tapestry of triumph, levity, and ancestry and power.