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.
By Will Dukes on 04.22.11 in Reviews
In 1991, the MC born Daniel Dumile was known as Zev Love X and was a member — along with his brother Subroc — of the seminal rap group KMD, whose first album, Mr. Hood, was revered as an odd but gleeful pasti...
By Dan Epstein on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Maybe it really is true that marijuana leads to harder stuff — there are 14 top "stoner rock" bands on this High Times Magazine-approved compilation, and not one of them wants to get even remotely mellow....
By Hua Hsu on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The government may frown upon our neighbors off the coast of Florida, but this excellent compilation shows that hip-hop can bridge even the stodgiest political face-offs.
By Marc Hogan on 02.27.15 in News
The music will keep playing without commercial interruption. For now. On Thursday, the U.S. telecom watchdog voted to adopt tougher rules that would treat broadband internet service as a public utility, like landline...