DEAFinitely Dope is Matthew Maxey, a hard of hearing performer and sign language interpreter who unites the deaf and hearing communities through music and sign language. Based in Atlanta, Georgia — the hip-hop capital of the world — DEAFinitely Dope collaborates with headliners like Chance the Rapper and Migos to bring hip-hop music to the deaf and hard of hearing. Matthew takes us inside his process, from why artists benefit from him signing at their shows to how his positive mindset has allowed him to live a truly Extraordinary life.
DEAFinitely Dope happened organically. I was doing a freestyle rap competition. People heard me and were like, Yo, you sound funny. Wait a minute — you’re deaf, and you’re rapping? Man, I’ve never seen anything like this. Then: Wait, you’re freestyle rapping with sign language? Hold up. And then Damian Lillard of the Portland