Monday, September 24, 2007

Del tha Funkee Homosapien - Emo's - October 3, 2007

From the Dude you're getting a Del department... Sharmane wrote in to tell us about the Del show, Thanks Sharmane!... Atleast once a year, Del tha Funkee Homosapien will roll through Austin... and we are that much better for it... Del tha Funkee Homosapien @ Emo's on Oct 3rd with a great lineup... Devin the Dude, The Coughee Brothaz, Bukue One and Knowbody.

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Del tha Funkee Homosapien, also known as Del the Funky Homosapien and Deltron Zero is an alternative hip hop artist. Del was born Teren Delvon Jones on August 12, 1972 in Oakland, California [1].

Cousin of renowned rapper Ice Cube, Del began his career writing lyrics for Cube's backing band, Da Lench Mob [2]. In 1991, with the help of cousin Ice Cube, Del released his first solo album, I Wish My Brother George Was Here [2]. Although the album was a commercial success, it received mixed reviews from the hip-hop community. And ultimately Del, who was not pleased with the album himself, took matters into his own hands, and completely severed his relationship with cousin Ice Cube for his next album, No Need for Alarm. No Need for Alarm also saw the introduction of Del's crew Hieroglyphics [2]. No Need for Alarm was a bold move on Del's part as it broke away from the model that had worked so successfully on his first album. Rather than the use of multiple P-Funk samples (like most hip-hop of the time), No Need for Alarm featured a more sophisticated, almost jazzy sound [1]. No Need for Alarm was a commercial failure for Del, and it would be another five years before the release of his third album. About a month before the release of his third album Future Development Del received a letter from his label, Elektra, stating that his contract had been terminated [2].

1998 saw the release of Del's third solo album Future Development, the album was only available on the Hieroglyphics website for download, and in tape form in Japan. Future Development was re-released in 2002 under the Heiroglyphics Imperium label. Del also released another collaborative work with the Hieroglyphics crew in 1998, 3rd Eye Vision, it was the Hieroglyphics crew's first album. Two years later, Del released his fourth solo album, Both Sides of the Brain, as well as Deltron 3030 which was a collaborative work with artists Dan “the Automator” Nakamura and Kid Koala. Exposure from the 3030 project helped to expand Del's fan base. The 3030 project was particularly interesting because the CD was a work of science fiction, telling stories about life and hip hop in the year 3030.

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