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Detroit Rapper Sean Forbes Connects Being Deaf and Hearing Music

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Mar 6th, 2013
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On 2010’s “I’m Deaf” Detroit rapper Sean Forbes gives a shout-out to Stevie Wonder. A few beats later, he name-checks Heller Keller. His flow is steady, his voice is clear, but long before you notice his subtly off-kilter inflection, there is already something different about Forbes. Lyrically and creatively, Sean is on a mission to unite music fans regardless of his hearing loss.

Growing up in a musical family that stockpiled instruments, 31-year-old Sean, who has been deaf since he was a baby, took up the drums and songwriting while he was still in grade school. After graduating from Rochester …

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