Defari

Defari

Defari

Biography

Duane Johnson, Jr., also known as Defari, is a West Coast hip hop artist. Primarily, he is a solo artist, additionally he is a member of the Likwit Junkies, a rap duo with DJ Babu of Dilated Peoples. He was born at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He attended the University of California, Berkeley. He began DJing as a young kid in 1982. He was more focused on emceeing, and by 1995, released his first single "Bionic" on Oakland based ABB Records. With the help of E-Swift of Tha Alkaholiks, by 1999, Defari recorded his first album, Focused Daily released on Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records.

Defari taught world history and geography at Inglewood High School in Inglewood, California, and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree from Columbia University in New York City.

Discography

Defari - Focused Daily

Defari - Focused Daily

Tommy Boy 1998
Defari - Odds & Evens

Defari - Odds & Evens

High Times Records 2003
Defari - Street Music

Defari - Street Music

ABB Records 2006

Guest Appearances

Rasco - Time Waits For No Man
  • Major League

Rasco - Time Waits For No Man

Stones Throw Records 1998
Xzibit - 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz
  • Handle Your Business

Xzibit - 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz

Loud Records 1998
Lootpack - Soundpieces: Da Antidote
  • Liquid Fusion

Lootpack - Soundpieces: Da Antidote

Stones Throw Records 1999
The High & Mighty - Home Field Advantage
  • Top Prospects

The High & Mighty - Home Field Advantage

Rawkus 1999
Dr. Dre - The Chronic 2001
  • Some L.A. Niggaz

Dr. Dre - The Chronic 2001

Aftermath Entertainment 1999
Dilated Peoples - The Platform
  • Ear Drums Pop (Remix)

Dilated Peoples - The Platform

Capitol Records 2000
L.A.s Own Billy The Kidd Presents... The Saloon Music LP
  • Clear The Lane

L.A.s Own Billy The Kidd Presents... The Saloon Music LP

ABB Records 2000
Tony Touch - The Piece Maker
  • Likwit Rhyming

Tony Touch - The Piece Maker

Tommy Boy 2000
DJ Revolution - In 12s We Trust
  • Juggle Me Part 2

DJ Revolution - In 12s We Trust

Ground Control Records 2000
Xzibit - Restless
  • Loud & Clear

Xzibit - Restless

Loud Records 2000
Tha Liks - X.O. Experience
  • My Dear

Tha Liks - X.O. Experience

Loud Records 2001
Chico & Coolwadda - Wild 'N Tha West
  • Wild 'N Da West

Chico & Coolwadda - Wild 'N Tha West

MCA Records 2001
J.U.I.C.E. & DJ Risky Bizness - 100% J.U.I.C.E.
  • Wild In Da West

J.U.I.C.E. & DJ Risky Bizness - 100% J.U.I.C.E.

Ground Control 2001
The Solution - The Solution
  • Regardless

The Solution - The Solution

Netweight Records 2003
Phil The Agony - Smokefest
  • Clear The Lane

Phil The Agony - Smokefest

Strong Arm Music 2003
Main Flow - Hip Hopulation
  • Worldwide

Main Flow - Hip Hopulation

Brick Records, Traffic Entertainment Group 2004
King T - The Ruthless Chronicles
  • As Life Goes By

King T - The Ruthless Chronicles

Boss Up Entertainment 2004
Dilated Peoples - Neighborhood Watch
  • Closed Session

Dilated Peoples - Neighborhood Watch

Capitol Records 2004
Phil The Agony - The Aromatic Album
  • Clear The Lane

Phil The Agony - The Aromatic Album

Good Vibe Recordings, Vocab Records 2004
Chico & Coolwadda ‎- Parallel
  • Wild N D' West II

Chico & Coolwadda ‎- Parallel

FourFiveSix Entertainment 2004
Kali's Finest - Time 2 Boss Up
  • Medal Of Honor

Kali's Finest - Time To Boss Up/Gangsta Khemistry

High Times 2005
Planet Asia - The Medicine
  • Old Timer Thoughts

Planet Asia - The Medicine

ABB Records 2006
Dilated Peoples - 20/20
  • Olde English

Dilated Peoples - 20/20

Capitol Records 2006
Sick Symphonies Presents Sick Jacken & Cynic - The Terror Tapes Vol. 1
  • Surprised I'm Alive

Sick Symphonies Presents Sick Jacken & Cynic - The Terror Tapes Vol. 1

Sick Symphonies 2006
EV - The Weatherman LP
  • NC To CA

EV - The Weatherman LP

ABB Records 2007
Dilated Peoples - The Release Party
  • Olde English (Remix)

Dilated Peoples - The Release Party

Decon 2007
Madlib The Beat Konducta - WLIB AM: King Of The Wigflip
  • Gamble On Ya Boy

Madlib The Beat Konducta - WLIB AM: King Of The Wigflip

Rapster Records 2008
Kid Sublime - Rappin' Blak
  • Friend And Me

Kid Sublime - Rappin' Blak

Dopeness Galore 2008
DJ Revolution - King Of The Decks
  • Spit Ridiculous

DJ Revolution - King Of The Decks

Duck Down 2008
EV - The Layover EP
  • Don't Hate

EV - The Layover EP

Decon 2008
Three The Hard Way - Set In Stone
  • Mainstage

Three The Hard Way - Set In Stone

House Of Waxx Recordings, Mysonictonic Records 2009
Amad-Jamal - Barely Hanging On: The Chronicles Of A Brotha Like Rodney King
  • Regardless

Amad-Jamal - Barely Hanging On: The Chronicles Of A Brotha Like Rodney King

Urban Umpires, ABB Records 2010
Dilated Peoples - Directors Of Photography
  • Defari Interlude

Dilated Peoples - Directors Of Photography

Rhymesayers Entertainment 2014
DJ EFN - Another Time
  • Motivation

DJ EFN - Another Time

Redefinition Records 2015

Compilations

The Next Chapter
  • Big Up

Various - The Next Chapter

Immortal Records 1995
Bomb World Wide
  • Just Business

Various - Bomb World Wide

Bomb Hip-Hop Records 1997
Sway & King Tech - Wake Up Show Freestyles Vol. 5
  • Freestyle

Sway & King Tech - Wake Up Show Freestyles Vol. 5

Not On Label 1999
Defenders Of The Underworld
  • Cookin' Up Your Brain

Various - Defenders Of The Underworld

Jazz Fudge 1999
WCW Mayhem: The Music
  • Fist Full

Various - WCW Mayhem: The Music

Tommy Boy 1999
Black Mask - Music From The Original Motion Picture
  • Killin' Spree

Various - Black Mask - Music From The Original Motion Picture

Tommy Boy 1999
O.L.C.
  • Basics

Various - O.L.C.

Rah Rah Entertainment 1999
Sway & King Tech - Wake Up Show Freestyles Vol. 6
  • Freestyle

Sway & King Tech - Wake Up Show Freestyles Vol. 6

Not On Label 2000
Million Family March
  • Live Up

Various - Million Family March

Blackground Records 2000
Always Bigger And Better Vol. 1
  • Worldwide (Develop Tools Part II)

Various - Always Bigger And Better Vol. 1

ABB Records 2000
The High & Mighty Presents Eastern Conference All Stars II
  • Look Into My Eyes

Various - The High & Mighty Presents Eastern Conference All Stars II

Landspeed Records 2001
T.H.C. (The Hip-Hop Collection) Vol. 1
  • Bomb Tree

Various - T.H.C. (The Hip-Hop Collection) Vol. 1

High Times Records 2002
WolfPac Records Presents Still More Bounce
  • Bad Days

Various - Still More Bounce

WolfPac Records 2002
Okayplayer - True Notes Vol. 1
  • Okay

Various - Okayplayer - True Notes Vol. 1

Rapster Records 2004
Fredwreck - Greatest Hits Episode 1
  • Wait

Fredwreck - Greatest Hits Episode 1

DPG Recordz 2005
Draft Radio Volume 1
  • Spit Ridiculous

Various - Draft Radio Volume 1

Draft Records 2005
Baka Boyz Present The Return Of Friday Night Flavas
  • Steam

Various - Baka Boyz Present The Return Of Friday Night Flavas

Ground Level 2005
Hard Truth Soldiers Vol. 1
  • Down Wit Us

Various - Hard Truth Soldiers Vol. 1

Guerrilla Funk Recordings 2006
Tash - Publicity Stunt
  • Xtra Thump

Tash - Publicity Stunt

Sterling World Records 2015