Dej Loaf has repeatedly described herself as a guarded person - "I'm very antisocial, social network ain't my motion," she exhales on "Back Up," one of the standout tracks on her major label debut EP #AndSeeThatsTheThing (Columbia) - but that hasn't prevented the Detroit rapper from pouring the most intimate details of her biography into her fast-developing catalog.

Dej Loaf has repeatedly described herself as a guarded person - "I'm very antisocial, social network ain't my motion," she exhales on "Back Up," one of the standout tracks on her major label debut EP #AndSeeThatsTheThing (Columbia) - but that hasn't prevented the Detroit rapper from pouring the most intimate details of her biography into her fast-developing catalog. With the MC gearing up to perform a headlining show at the Xclusive Elite Entertainment Center on Friday, Nov. 27, we assembled a five-track playlist to help introduce audiences to the artist born Deja Trimble 24 years ago.

"My Life"

Dej Loaf's troubled childhood could have easily filled volumes, yet the rapper manages to cram the most harrowing details of her upbringing into just under four minutes on this introductory track, which appeared on her debut 2012 mixtape Just Do It. The song opens with Dej and her young siblings being taken in by their grandmother, and ends with her college acceptance. Between, the MC touches on childhood whippings, adolescent insecurities and the various deaths that strengthened rather than weakening her resolve.

"Detroit Vs. Everybody" (by Eminem)

The Eminem-helmed cut, which initially appeared on the Shady XV compilation album, features a cadre of Motor City MCs stumping for their hometown, including Dej, who handles the hook. She's been equally prone to tourism-board-worthy praise in interviews. "Detroit is the place, man," she told Vice in 2014. "We have a lot of people here who are on the rise."

"Try Me"

The track, which appeared on Dej's 2014 mixtape Sell Sole, helped introduce the rapper to a much larger audience after Drake - he of the turtlenecks and "Hotline Bling" dance moves that will be awkwardly recreated at weddings throughout 2016 - tagged one of his Instagram photos with a line lifted from the song ("Love wearing black you should see my closet"). Elsewhere, the MC tightens her inner circle and dishes out some mob-style justice that could leave even "Goodfellas" henchmen feeling weak-stomached.

"My Beyonce" (by Lil Durk)

Chicago rapper Lil Durk and Dej position themselves as hip-hop's new power couple on this surprisingly tender ballad, which is slated to appear on Durk's upcoming mixtape 300 Days 300 Nights.

"We Winnin'"

Though its title suggests a victory lap, Dej's lyrics espouse a continuation of her long-developed blue-collar work ethic. "These [others] in it for the fame," she sneers. "I'm really in this shit for life." There's little reason at this point to doubt her word.