~ H O P E ~

by Def Sound

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As first heard on KCRW's Mornings Become Eclectic the song Hope is a feeling, not a solution. Hope is a climb, not a summit. Hope is an invitation to observe possibility, a spark of your own curiosity. It won’t take you where you need to go, but it may put wind in your sails.

Like the times in which it took form, “Hope” began as a loose assemblage of ideas and actions, lovingly spun into being with care, collaboration, and patience. A soul melody set against retro jingles. Fundraiser sample packs. A bag of newly-purchased percussion. An actual in-person jam session. And a simple rhyme, gaining momentum, inviting its message to take hold. The feeling was in the room when we made the song, and we didn’t dare name it any further for fear it may vanish. It was this ambiguity that gave us the nerve to finish a song called “HOPE,” and there it remains, light enough to float.


released March 5, 2021

produced by zhao

vocals and percussions by def sound + annabelle maginnis

written by zhao and def sound

recorded in kenny’s room

mixed by zhao

mastered by delwin campbell

artwork by ellyn puckett



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Def Sound Los Angeles, California

If music was a menu, Def Sound would be the vegan option. Def Sound is an independent artist born, watered and based in South Central LA, Def Sound is a Grammy Award considered hip-hop artist, producer, published poet, DJ, and Afro Presentist. Def synthesizes Hip Hop and his Afro Latino roots into a healing mechanism while weaving together a tapestry of triumph, levity, ancestry and power. ... more

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