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Tag Archives: Del the Funky Homosapien
While the Plug One 50’s top 20 albums list is designed to be authoritative (or at least highly opinionated), the top 30 tracks list tends to be a mishmash of random favorites. These are a few songs that caught my … Continue reading
More goodness from Del and Tame One. Directed by Alex Ghassan, it features some nice shots of Tame’s graff work and a requisite Fat Beats scene. Taken from the duo’s Parallel Uni-verse, which dropped yesterday.
Tomorrow, October 13, Del the Funky Homosapien and Tame One pair up for Parallel Uni-verse. It’ll be released by Gold Dust Media, and is completely produced by Parallel Thought. And for anyone who felt that Del fell off with The … Continue reading
Del the Funky Homosapien has just announced the latest in several tours to promote last year’s Definitive Jux outing, Eleventh Hour. And since rappers nowadays promote mixtapes nearly as much as actual albums, he’s also touting his latest MP3 collection, … Continue reading
The disc is a long time coming for the Oakland rapper and one of the original members (along with KMD and others) of what would eventually become the alternative/underground scene in the 90s. Though he’s occasionally appeared on projects this decade — his Hieroglyphics’ crew’s 2003 album Full Circle being a prominent example — he hasn’t truly been heard from since the memorable Deltron 3030 project with Dan the Automator and Kid Koala.
As reported earlier, Del chose Definitive Jux over his Hiero Imperium label for The 11th Hour in order to give the album maximum exposure. He produced most of the beats himself, and only included a handful of contributors, including J-Zone, KU, Opio, Casual and Ladybug Mecca. The track listing for The 11th Hour is below.
This time, according to an interview with the Smoking Section, the pushback is due to a fomenting arrangement with Definitive Jux which, if all goes to plan, will issue the album early next year in conjunction with Hiero Imperium.
"Looks like I’m possibly fucking with El-P you know for the release of this through Def Jux. I’ve known El-P for a long time," Del told the Smoking Section. "11th Hour is my best work to date. It’s a Del album so don’t expect to be listening to no crazy space shit or none of that shit. If you want that you got to listen to Deltron. This is strictly about me, how I get down, my real world shit and I how I get through it."
In the meantime, Del is giving fans a taste of The 11th Hour during a two-month tour. Joining him on the Serendipity tour is Devin the Dude, the much beloved Houston rapper whose laconic drawl gives Del a run for his money. As usual, Bay Area rapper Bukue One will help move the crowd. Other guests slated to pop up include Hieroglyphics associate A-Plus and, on selected dates, Embedded crews Junk Science and Iller Than Theirs.
Sounds like lots of fun! Check and see if Del’s Serendipity tour is coming through your town by perusing the dates below.
Hieroglyphics is a famously close-knit crew. Its members — Del the Funky Homosapien, Souls of Mischief and Casual — first united when they attended high school in the late 80s, and it’s been on ever since. Domino mentored them as they built their careers, and in 1997 they added Pep Love to the lineup. A decade later, the group remains unchanged.
Their record label, Hiero Imperium, has occasionally released albums by artists that aren’t Hiero crew. They released former Stones Throw homie Encore’s second album Layover in 2004; and Yay Area weirdo Z-Man’s Dope or Dog Food that same year. This year, however, will mark Hiero’s busiest year in regards to recruiting outside talent.
At the top of the list is Musab. Often credited as the man who helped build Rhymesayers (his 1996 debut album as Beyond, Comparison, was the first Rhymesayers album with national distribution), the Minneapolis veteran has evolved from a street-savvy backpacker to a game-spitting pimp. Literally. His third album, The Slicks Box, drops August 14.
On October 16, legendary West Coast hip-hop artist Del the Funky Homosapien will release The 11th Hour. The long awaited album is his first solo recording in nearly seven years — ever since 2000’s Both Sides of the Brain.
Obviously this is historic news. One of the titanic figures in alternative rap, Del has been largely quiet since 2001, when his Deltron 3030 project and his guest appearance on Gorillaz’ "Clint Eastwood" single brought him mainstream attention. A few random guest spots (notably Push Button Objects’ "360" single and Handsome Boy Modeling School’s White People) along with the occasional tour is all that’s been heard or seen of him.
Much more details on The 11th Hour, from a proper track listing to a massive fall tour with Devin the Dude, will be released in the next few weeks. For now, however, Del is embarking upon a short "Calm Before the Storm" tour to warm tings up. Those dates, which come from a MySpace bulletin Bukue One sent out this week, are listed below.