Del The Funky Homosapien Iller Than Most

Del The Funky Homosapien Iller Than Most
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Three months after dropping the lyrically dense Deltron 3030 sophomore album with producer Dan the Automator and DJ Kid Koala, Del The Funky Homosapien returns with a surprise-free album. "First off, don't expect no deep shit," raps Del on "Delta Time," and it's a pretty good summary of the lyrical content. His deepest track is "Boogieman," on which he adopts the character of the fictional monster used to frighten children into compliance and then proclaims "the Boogieman's been misinterpreted for centuries." Mostly, Del brags a lot and disses the crooked music industry ("Leader"), biters ("Bitin Ain't Samplin"), haters ("Wreckin The Upside") and wack rap ("Land of the Immediate Rap Hits").

It's not all negative, though, as he gives the Beastie Boys props as a musical influence on the intro to "Grand Royal," possibly named after the Beasties' short-lived label and magazine. Del's flow is loose and fun, with just a few rushed syllables here and there, but it works well with the lo-fi vibe of the album. Much of that vibe is due to Del's self-produced beats, which are experimental hip-hop influenced by electronica with elements of glitch and noise scattered throughout.

In fact, many songs, whether minimalist or multilayered, end in noisy freak-outs. Opening track "Leader" might still have a chance on the dance floor, though. After all the work that went into Deltron 3030's Event II, Del appears to be having a lot of fun just ripping raps, and it can become quite contagious for those who like abrasive electronic music mixed with their hip hop. (Independent)