EDUCATOR • POET • ARTIST • Entrepreneur

Hailing from Albuquerque, NM, Def-i represents the Diné Nation as one of the Southwest’s most active and prominent touring artists. His performance styles range wide from Hip-Hop and Spoken Word to Contemporary Native-American Acoustic. Emerging from the Underground Indy rap circuit, his eclectic repertoire of talent has allowed him to single-handedly perform regularly throughout the country as an artist, and an educator. His dedication to cultural preservation and lyrical mastry has earned him the respect of hip hop veterans, industry professionals, academics, and upcoming generations.


International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards

Anvil Theatre, New Westminster, BC

The 3rd Annual International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards Show will be taking place live from the host City of New Westminster BC, Canada on the unceded and unsurrendered land of the Halkomelem speaking peoples.

Join the International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards Show movement as we aim to increase the national and international exposure of Indigenous urban arts performers and small businesses through live music engagement and educational conferences. The International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards & Festival is a 2-day celebration of arts and culture. The event 2023 will be LIVE in person / August 25 – 26, 2023 at the Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St, New Westminster, BC, Canada we will also stream the tradeshow & awards event online.

Through the execution of a music conference followed by an awards show, we will shed light on the movers and shakers who are helping shape our urban economy, by celebrating and acknowledging the dedication, community impact and artistic merit of export-ready Indigenous hip hop artists, singers, visual artists, spoken word poets, producers, deejays & more that all make up the Indigenous urban entertainment culture.

Def-i is a voice for the voiceless” - Sway Calloway

— Sway in the Morning

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