Defari, Odds & Evens

Yancey Strickler

By Yancey Strickler

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Jacking Dre synth squiggles and delivering rhymes with an auctioneer's ease, Los Angeles rapper Defari certainly has the skills to succeed in hip-hop — if he could only decide whether to spit for major-label cheddar or preach to indie sweaters. His debut, Focused Daily, dropped on Tommy Boy in 1999, and generated barely a ripple. Trapped in an unknown-but-not-underground purgatory, Defari lashed out with this collection, released in 2003, which finds him angry and determined, his upper lip curled as he slays his doubters with each syllable.