Defari conducted by Bill "Low Key" Heinzelman  

Defari Interview: Behold My Life

June 2005

MVRemix: I feel what you are saying, because I look at all these mixtapes out here in NYC, and most of these cats don't have half the lyrical talent that you and a lot of cats on the West have. So do you think if you could get on these East Coast mixtapes, things would be bigger for you?

Defari: Definitely, I think that would help. Being on everybody's tapes everywhere is what would ultimately help me. (Laughter) But I'm trying man, and we got hot music, and its out there running. Especially with The LJ's album, so its all good.

MVRemix: What do you think about Snoop's effort to reunite the West Coast? Do you think its going to work?

Defari: I hope so! It seems like everything that they are trying to do is very positive. And all I can do is applaud being positive, because like I said before, I don't get wrapped up in negative thoughts. So I support Snoop's effort and I applaud him for putting together that whole conference.

MVRemix: Do you think its realistic that the outcome will remain positive?

Defari Herut interviewDefari: Yeah! Anything that brothers want to do, as long as it stays positive, is very realistic.

MVRemix: The only reason I am skeptical is because, for example, how are you going to squash beef with Suge all of the sudden? Especially after he has brought a lot of negative energy to Hip Hop the past 10 years. It doesn't seem realistic to me.

Defari: Well, I don't know anything about that. I just know they are trying to do something to better the music, and that's what I'm all about.

MVRemix: On a lighter note, you have a track on the LJ's album about weed, so what's your favorite type?

Defari: Man, its between two actually - one is Apacallo from Maui and the other is Power Plant from the Netherlands.

MVRemix: Is weed out in Cali that much better than say over here on the East Coast?

Defari: Well, I know NY has that Kush and all of that, so probably nowadays, no. But it used to be a lot better over here in Cali. Back in the day there was a distinct difference. But now in New York, they have every thing. So I don't know if its better, but I would say so just because of the weather out here and the greenery.

MVRemix: What do you prefer, blunts or a bong?

Defari: I prefer a jay. I'm a zig zag cat.

MVRemix: How much weed do you smoke a day or in a week?

Defari: I don't burn everyday, but I do smoke a lot.

MVRemix: Tell us about your next album Street Music.

Defari: I'm coming for the hood this time, and its really bangin'. I got production from Mike City, Fredwreck, E-Swift, Revolution, Babu, Evidence, and a couple new cats as well. But the album is real street! I'm at a level now, where I am more comfortable than ever. I actually have an albums worth of hot songs with Mike City alone.

MVRemix: Are you ever going to hook back up with Alchemist again, because that song you guys did for the Billy The Kid album was crazy?

Defari: Yeah, definitely, I have been wanting to do some jams with Alchemist. I have seen him, and its all good, but we just ain't book no time yet, that's all.

MVRemix: Are you going to have any guest appearances on the new album?

Defari: I got Tha LIks, Dilated, Strong Arm Steady, Channel Live, Boo Capone, Noelle, and that's it right now.

MVRemix: What types of concepts, issues, and topics can we expect to hear on this album?

Defari: Well, he Street Music album is really going to be on some street shit. It's built for putting it in your ride and cruising around the streets. So you can expect a lot of hard knocking beats, some story telling tracks, and I also got this new West Coast anthem called "West, West", and Julio G is going bananas over it right now.

MVRemix: Do you have a main goal that you want to accomplish with this album?

Defari: My most important goal I want to accomplish is sheer elevation. This is my third album, and I want to continue to elevate with every new release. I think I'm definitely doing that, in terms of the music and song writing. It's a trip because I'll go places and people will always tell me incredible things about Focused Daily, but for me, that was then. I banged 'em over the head with Odds And Evens, but I didn't have the machine behind me. In terms of doing some of the things I wanted to do. But that takes nothing away from the music. So I'm looking to elevate from there, and Street Music is really on some next shit.

MVRemix: What else do you have going on in the future?

Defari: We'll be touring for The LJ's album this summer. We are really excited about that, and after that, I am going to go into the Street Music album. So I'm gonna keep working hard. I know Dilated and Phil Da Agony are working on their new albums as well. Tha Liks got a new album called Fire Water, which should drop this summer. But I'm just gonna keep it moving.

MVRemix: Any last words?

Defari: I just want to thank everybody who has supported me from my first shit, which was "Bionic". Make sure you check The LJ's album, its crazy, and its some brand new shit you ain't never heard before - on a whole new level.

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