HipHopDX Premiere – Albuquerque-based MC Def-i has once again teamed up with veteran SoCal producer/artist Ariano, this time for their new collaborative album Deserted Oceans. The title represents both artists’ homelands, with Def-i hailing from the deserts of New Mexico and Ariano coming from the intoxicating California beaches.

As with Def-i’s previous projects, he firmly spits his truth while uplifting listeners with unbridled positivity. At the same time, Ariano underscores his banging production with an “ethereal quality” that effortlessly lays the foundation for Def-i to – as Ariano puts it – “rap his ass off.”

Comprised of eight tracks, the project features additional contributions from LDontheCut, Dominquez, Tanaya Winder and Sage Cornelius.

Def-i was a frequent collaborator and longtime friend of Wake Self, who was killed by a drunk driver last November. The New Mexico Hip Hop community is still reeling from his death but with the help of artists such as Def-i, his legacy lives on.

Check out the Deserted Oceans album stream, cover art and tracklist below.

  1. Gather Round
  2. Aspiration Date f. LDonTheCut
  3. Woke Up Late f. Dominquez
  4. Swim Don’t Drown
  5. Pearls
  6. America Has Always Loved Drugs
  7. Giving Thanks
  8. Follow Me f. Tanaya Winder & Sage Cornelius