"J.I.D. Saba, and Defcee have been the best rappers of 2018. It's not even close," Chicago emcee Lamon Manuel (@LamonManuelFCLA) recently proclaimed on Twitter. Defcee is a fellow Chicago-based emcee, also, known as Adam Levin, who has been ferociously rapping and actively releasing music since 2007; at the tender age of 17, Defcee self-released his debut album, One Eye Open. It was soon followed by 2011's The Panama Sessions and Out from Under EP's, as well as a full-length entitled Selves fully produced and mixed by Moses. Then, four years later, Defcee released his next project, 2015's Damn Near Grown, which featured appearances from Saba, Noname, Sev Seveer, goldenbeets, and Otis Brown Jones III, as well as artwork by Dewey Saunders. Defcee's most recent guest verse was on GrownUpRap-premiered "Babel" from Curly Castro's forthcoming Backwoodz Studioz album, TOSH, alongside Collosoul Structure & ELUCID, as produced by Wrecking Crew head honcho, Zilla Rocca. Now, nearly four more years later, Defcee has returned with his next neck-snapping sonic offering: A Mixtape As God Intended, Vol. 1 on Machine Wash Music.
"With A Mixtape As God Intended, he makes his mark with a display of lyricism that's miles above most of what's out there now. Creating music that instantly makes a connection with the listener is something he's incredibly good at and he delivers that with food for thought in spades," Machine Wash Music writes within a mixtape-announcing email. "This mixtape both serves as a preview of what's to come and an early warning for The New Year. Defcee is here," it continues. A Mixtape As God Intended, Vol. 1 is structured similarly to an old school hand-made with a variety of original and widely-recognizable beats from Modern Rap Radio; with "The Basic Caveman Foundation," "Twenty-Four AM In Chicago," "Three Sixteens," Rivals' "Forty, Jr." "Sixteen In The Dungeon," and "Thirty-Six Months" on "SIDE A" and "Vigil," "Sixteen In The Dungeon," and "Five Courses" appearing on "SIDE B" (you can see the full tracklist below.) Defcee's A Mixtape As God Intended, Vol. 1 is now available from Machine Wash Music digitally, as well as on super-limited edition cassette tape. Defcee is currently working on a two separate projects with CRASHprez & knowsthename as defprez, as well as as 2019 full-length entitled Unlegendary entirely produced by goldenbeets.
0:00 - "The Basic Caveman Foundation" (Produced By: goldenbeets) / includes an excerpt from Sean Price, Buckshot & 9th Wonder's Sway In The Morning interview with Sway & Heather B. released on November 27th, 2012
1:35 - "Twenty-Four AM In Chicago" (uses the instrumental for Drake's "4PM In Calabasas" Produced By: Allen Ritter, Frank Dukes & Vinylz)
3:00 - "Three Sixteens" (uses the instrumentals for Rick Ross' "Santorini Greece" Produced By: Bink!, Nipsey Hussle's "Clarity" Produced By: Lamar "Mars" Edwards & MIKE & KEYS, and 6LACK's "PRBLMS" Produced By: NOVA)
6:01 - "Forty, Jr." - Performed By: Rivals (uses the instrumental for "Hold You Down" Produced & Performed By: The Alchemist)
9:06 - "Sixteen In The Dungeon" (uses the instrumental for Goodie Mob's "Goodie Bag" Produced By: Organized Noize)
10:02 - "Thirty-Six Months" (uses the instrumentals for Group Home's "Interlude," "Outro" & "Up Against Tha Wall" (Getaway Car Mix) Produced By: DJ Premier)
12:12 - "Vigil" (Produced By: WHOLESQUAD)
13:32 - "Sixteen for Our World" (uses the instrumental for Nas' "The World Is Yours" (Remix) Produced By: Q-Tip)
14:46 - "Five Courses" (Produced By: knowsthetime)