Sure, there's a feel-good success story here. A deaf rapper puts out a full-length album – an inspiration to not only the deaf community, but for anyone who's ever had to overcome any level of adversity in their lives. But that's not where it stops. Perfect Imperfection is a clever, cute and innocent yet mischievous enough release that still represents the genre in a throw-back kind of way. Is this Run-DMC or the Beastie Boys? No, but it's certainly a little closer in terms of the beats and overall instrumental stylings (it has a glitchy and throwback '80s hip-hop feel) of those two than it is to a Lil Wayne or 2Chainz release. And in terms of the lyrics and message, it definitely contains more of a motivational or inspirational slant than a "look at all the fucking ice that my money gets me" kind of vibe. Does Forbes have face tattoos and drink sizzurp? No. This man is more in-your-face in a clever and thought-provoking way than as some punk yelling at you through Auto-Tune. "I got deaf tones / but I'm not tone deaf / I'll stop stating the obvious / But I ain't done yet" he raps on "I'm Deaf" – a shrewd way to get his point across and make a statement in a playful yet non-insulting way. Perfect Imperfection, which happens to come as a two-disc release, offers Forbes fanatics a companion DVD with his music videos – not only giving fans another medium in which to appreciate the album, but also providing his fans in the deaf community a way to experience his art too.
Worth a Listen: "I'm Deaf" and "Def Deaf Girls"