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Birth nameDuane Johnson Jr.
Also known asHeru/Ruby
BornLos Angeles
OriginSanta Monica, California
GenresHip hop
Years active1995–present
LabelsTommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
High Times Records
ABB Records
Associated actsLikwit Junkies

Duane Johnson, Jr.,[1] 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. 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. Focused Daily is acclaimed as a Juice Magazine top 50 Hip Hop album in Europe for all time.

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[2] in New York City.



Album information
Focused Daily
  • Released: February 9, 1999
  • Record Label: Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
  • Singles: "Bionic"/Change & Switch", "People's Choice"/"Bottom Line", "Never Lose Touch"/"People's Choice", "Likwit Connection"/"Keep It on the Rise"
Odds & Evens
  • Released: July 15, 2003
  • Record Label: High Times Records
  • Singles: "Spell My Name", "Behold My Life (Remix)"/"Extra Thump"
Street Music
  • Released: August 8, 2006
  • Record Label: ABB Records
  • Singles: "The Bizness","Make My Own", "We've Been Doin' This"
Rare Poise
  • Released: October 27, 2017
  • Record Label:

With Likwit Junkies[edit]

Album information
'The L.J.'s
  • Released: March 22, 2005
  • Record Label: ABB Records
  • Singles: "Keep Doin It"/"S.C.A.N.S.", "One Day Away"/"Strength in Numbers", "The Hop"/"Dark Ends"

Local Like The West of Them – The Lost Tapes of Ruby D available on free download, released 2015


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  2. ^ All Music Guide to Hip-hop: The Definitive Guide to Rap & Hip-hop – Vladimir Bogdanov – Google Books. October 1, 2002. Retrieved 2015-05-14.

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