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MC Forty

Two hundred Cincinnatians crowded Rohs Street Café at MC Forty’s March album release show. Amidst performances by his crew members MC Till and Sean Little, Forty debuted Walking Words – a collabortive project with his partner in rhyme, Wonder Brown. Walking Words features beat production by Philadelphia’s Wes Pendleton and is crafted with head-rolling breakbeats beneath the “pair’s distinct flows and vocal tones [that] work well together” (Mike Breen, CityBeat). MC Forty speaks to hip hop enthusiasts in the single, “Rocky,” when he chants, “Hip Hop isn’t dead, but she is old – I’m blessed to have met her before she goes.” The album has received 250 downloads via Bandcamp.com since it’s release. While statistics are worth celebrating, Forty recognizes the record as a drop in the bucket of his swimming pool to-be.

After touring the open mic scene in 2009, MC Forty joined Elementz Hip Hop Youth Arts Center, where he performed at Music Hall, 20th Century Theater, and the Contemporary Arts Center. In 2010, he joined staff as the center’s Teen Recording Instructor, equipping inner-city youth with recording and performance skills. 2011, his own skills were tested during “Tour De Cincy,” a six-consecutive-day “tour” with MC Till. He continued to tour with his rapmates, expanding to Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Ontario. MC Forty has opened up for the X-Clan and Pacewon & Mr. Green in 2009, and performed at the University of Cincinnati’s Relay For Life in April 2012. The student MC is releasing his mixtape “Liquid Crack” in October 2012 in anticipation for his 2013 album, “Sleeping Showers,” which features beat production by Ontario’s DJ Clutch.

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