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‘GOOD GRIEF’ is a song about grieving friends while they are still living. Something I did a lot during the pandemic. There's all kinds of grief, some of it's good. I am an everchanging artist with a range of emotions and I need my art to reflect that full personage. I couldn't repress my grief any longer. The process of recording itself was cathartic - I wrote none of the words down just recorded as I felt them move through me. Lightfoot met me in that space and created a canvas with bass as heavy as my emotions. Grief can be loud and aggressive. There is no wrong way to feel your feelings.


released May 23, 2023

Written by Emmanuel "Def Sound" Ricketts
Artwork by Ema Reis da Cunha
Original photo by Daniel N. Johnson
Song produced & mixed by Lightfoot
Mastered by Kelly Hibbert

Directed & edited by by Sara Suárez
Director of Photography -  Mike Formanski @metaballmonster 
Assistant Camera - Mel Sangyi Zhao @angrybird_mel 
Assistant Director - Trevor Byrne


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Def Sound Los Angeles, California

Def Sound is an Afro-Caribbean transdisciplinary artist. born and based in South Central LA. Def is a non binary Grammy Award considered contemporary hip-hop artist, producer, published poet, and award winning academic. Def is currently teaching Hip Hop Critical Theory & Practice at the California Institute of the Arts. ... more

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