15 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

An underground vet who debuted with the ABB 12-inch "Bionic" back in 1995, Defari is a close affiliate of Dilated Peoples, Planet Asia, and Tha Alkaholiks, and also one-half of Likwit Junkies with DJ Babu. Staunchly representing Los Angeles, his style is neither hardcore gangster nor backpack nerd: just straight-ahead hip-hop with an emphasis on big beats, basic rhymes, and plenty of Golden State boom-bap. Like the previous albums Odds & Evens and Focused Daily, Street Music has collaborations with longtime co-conspirators The Alchemist, Evidence, J Ro, and Babu, with verses focusing mostly on lyrical superiority, the state of the game, California love, and a hearty appetite for drink and smoke. While not extraordinary groundbreaking, it's still a typically enjoyable listen, with standout tracks like "Deepest Regrets" (featuring B-Real), "Vultures," "Big Burn," and "West West."

EDITORS’ NOTES

An underground vet who debuted with the ABB 12-inch "Bionic" back in 1995, Defari is a close affiliate of Dilated Peoples, Planet Asia, and Tha Alkaholiks, and also one-half of Likwit Junkies with DJ Babu. Staunchly representing Los Angeles, his style is neither hardcore gangster nor backpack nerd: just straight-ahead hip-hop with an emphasis on big beats, basic rhymes, and plenty of Golden State boom-bap. Like the previous albums Odds & Evens and Focused Daily, Street Music has collaborations with longtime co-conspirators The Alchemist, Evidence, J Ro, and Babu, with verses focusing mostly on lyrical superiority, the state of the game, California love, and a hearty appetite for drink and smoke. While not extraordinary groundbreaking, it's still a typically enjoyable listen, with standout tracks like "Deepest Regrets" (featuring B-Real), "Vultures," "Big Burn," and "West West."

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About Defari

A member of the Likwit Crew alongside King T, tha Alkaholiks, and Xzibit, rapper Defari was born Duane Johnson, Jr. in Santa Monica, CA. He began DJing in 1982, moving on to MCing five years later; music remained only a hobby, however, and after earning a sociology degree at the University of California at Berkeley he went on to receive a master's degree in history and education at Colombia, accepting a high school teaching position upon graduating. In 1994, Defari recorded his first demo, soon after meeting Alkholiks producer E-Swift; together they recorded the track "Big Up," which appeared on the 1995 compilation Next Chapter: Strictly Underground. A single, "Bionic," followed a year later before Defari signed with Tommy Boy Records to issue his full-length debut Focused Daily in 1999. ~ Jason Ankeny

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