MOTM 2014 Artist Preview: Del The Funky Homosapien
Legendary underground hip-hop artist Del The Funky Homosapien (formerly Del Tha Funkee Homosapien) is someone that probably everyone has heard of, even if they may not know it at first. He’s bringing his virtuoso rhymes to Ernie Biggs on Friday April 4th as part of the 2014 Middle of the Map festival. Here are some highlights of his career thus far, both as a solo artist and collaborator:
First and foremost, Del is a solo artist that made a name for himself in the golden age of hip-hop along with revolutionaries such as Wu-Tang Clan and Nas. Foregoing the hardcore gangsta rap of other west coast rappers of the time, he made waves in the underground with his smooth flow and catchy beats. You might remember this banger from his first album.
Hieroglyphics is a hip-hop collective from Oakland featuring Del and a host of other MC’s, including the group Souls of Mischief. Each member brings their own unique take on hip-hop to the table, but Del’s signature sound still shines through when it’s his turn. Here’s a track from their first album, featuring only Del.
More of a supergroup than a collective, Deltron 3030 is Del with superstar DJ Kid Koala and producer Dan The Automator, who has produced everyone from Ben Lee and Galactic to Kasabian and Dredg. Their first album “3030″ is a hip-hopera about a dystopian future landscape and is one of the best hip-hop albums of all time. This might be Del’s greatest accomplishment right here.
Gorillaz’ song “Clint Eastwood” is undoubtedly one of the biggest songs of the 00′s not only because of Damon Albarn’s catchy chorus, but also Del “tha Ghost Rapper” and his furious lyrics throughout the song. Del usually performs this song live, so it should induce a huge singalong with the Middle Of The Map Fest crowd.