Hailing from the Burbs of Chicago “Defcee” is a Hip-Hop artist and published poet originally from River Forest, Illinois, and now based in Madison, Wisconsin, where he attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a member of the First Wave Spoken Word and Urban Arts Learning Community. His influences include everyone from Rakim and OutKast to Roger Robinson and Kevin Coval. As a performer, Levin has shared the stage with Amiri Baraka, Saul Williams, Wale, Brother Ali, DJ Kool Herc, Little Brother, The Cool Kids, Danny Hoch, and Marc Bamuthi Joseph, performing at George Washington University, the Ann Arbor Book Festival, and competed in Louder Than A Bomb, the city-wide Chicago poetry slam, and the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational, the national collegiate poetry slam (where he was a member of the second-ranked team in the nation), as well as performed at Brave New Voices, the national youth poetry slam…
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