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|Birth name||Duane Johnson Jr.|
|Also known as||Heru/Ruby|
|Origin||Santa Monica, California|
Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records|
High Times Records
|Associated acts||Likwit Junkies|
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. 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 in New York City.
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With Likwit Junkies
Local Like The West of Them – The Lost Tapes of Ruby D available on Datpiff.com free download, released 2015
- All Music Guide to Hip-hop: The Definitive Guide to Rap & Hip-hop – Vladimir Bogdanov – Google Books. Books.google.com. October 1, 2002. Retrieved 2015-05-14.