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New Del the Funky Homosapien video: Help

Video: Del + Amp Live -- “Help” (ft. Adult Karate)

Del + Amp Live "Help" feat. Adult Karate

Directed by Anthony Cole. From Gate 13, out now on IOT Records.

Del the Funky Homosapien was hurt pretty bad earlier this month when he fell off the stage while performing with the Gorillaz in Denmark. He posted a message to Twitter on July 12 saying he was getting better and then released a video for the second single from Gate 13, his collaboration with producer Amp Live.

“Help” features a chorus sung by Adult Karate and opera vocals by Andrea Blunt.

“More than any other song on the album, Help was the song that we wanted to make sure had the biggest impact in terms of message. So its visual interpretation was important. The Help video represents the struggle that many people are having right now with differentiating between an act and reality. A young Del in 2018 quickly grows into his present self and we are seeing the journey he has to take in discovering who he is. The final destination is his big awakening.”

And yet the video omits the second verse of the song. What’s up with that? The second verse is good as the first with the intricate and unconventional rhyming that Del is known for.

They get the foot in the door, I’ma slam it shut
Tryin’ to break their ankle, thank you, don’t try to cut
You stay in line, you wait in line
Take a number, be patient, don’t blame the line
Don’t blame the game, ain’t nothin’ wrong with the game

That’s right, people. The rules have changed in 2018: Don’t hate the game, anymore. Hate the player.

And watch out for the edge of the stage! That first step is a doozy.

Del + Amp Live: web.

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New Del The Funky Homosapien video: Wheel Of Fortune

Video: Del + Amp Live -- “Wheel of Fortune”

Del & Amp Live - Wheel of Fortune (Official Music Video)

From Gate 13, due April 20. Single out now.

Del’s the best. Back in college I was super into Ice Cube and George Clinton, digging into the wide diaspora of everything those guys had anything to do with. Reading liner notes to figure out sample sources, scouring dollar bins for beat up copies of Parlet and Bootsy’s Rubber Band, and all that.

I picked up I Wish My Brother George Was Here when it was released in 1991 strictly because Cube produced it and Del was his cousin. At the time I had no idea that the album would represent the apex of P-Funk sampling. Nobody could possibly top it, although some might think The Chronic — released a whole year later — came closest. (I would argue that since Dre preferred to interpolate with live musicians rather than sample records, The Chronic doesn’t count. But that’s just be me being pedantic.)

After My Brother George, Del (and everybody else) stepped away from using brother George Clinton’s beats. Of course, the chilling effect of the Biz Markie v. Gilbert O’Sullivan decision, which effectively prohibited the creative use of sampling, probably had a lot to do with that as well. But Del moved on, focusing on his intricate rapping.

Ten years later his verses were the highlight of “Clint Eastwood,” the breakthrough single by Damon Albarn’s cartoon band, the Gorillaz. At the time I was disappointed that Del wasn’t featured on every Gorillaz jam, but nope. It’d be a lot cooler if he was.

Del has continued doing his thing. Keeping his head down and moving forward. Collaborating with a wide variety of freaks and heads from Dinosaur Jr and Sean Lennon to MF Doom and the Wu-Tang Clan. And now he’s teamed up with producer Amp Live on a full length album called Gate 13, due (when else?) 4/20.

Del + Amp Live: web.

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Amp Live: web, twitter, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

Del The Funky Homosapien – Bring Da Ruckus

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MP3: Del The Funky Homosapien – “Bring Da Ruckus” (Wu-Tang Clan)

I suppose the kids call this a remix. But it’s got an entirely different beat and all new lyrics, so… Ah, who the fuck am I to question hip hop jargon? Regardless of what you call it, this new Del track is unquestionably dope.

Apparently, a bunch of former and current Dap-Kings got together, called themselves El Michels Affair, and released a full-band instrumental version of Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers) earlier this year. They called it Enter the 37th Chamber. And now a bunch of rappers are rhyming over those instrumentals and it’s being released next year as…what else? Enter the 38th Chamber, of course. Can the 39th Chamber be far off?

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Del the Funky Homosapien – Get It Right Now

Video: Del the Funky Homosapien – "Get It Right Now"

Del’s got a new album out, Funk Man (The Stimulus Package), and he’s giving it away for free in a number of formats including 320kbps MP3, two levels each of VBR MP3 and AAC, Ogg, FLAC, and Apple Lossless. You’ve got to give him your email address and subscribe to his mailing list, but you can unsubscribe anytime.

He told Billboard, “I know what’s going on. I’m not blind. I didn’t think enough people were actually going to buy it to warrant me doing a full-scale release. […] You ain’t gonna buy it. I know you ain’t gonna buy it. But you might listen to it if I give it to you.” Indeed, we might.

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Del the Funky MegaMix

MP3: Mr. Dibbs – “Del the Funky MegaMix” (courtesy of Prefix)

A megamix of Del The Funky Homosapien by turntablist/producer Mr. Dibbs includes some Del classics plus new tracks off his upcoming album, 11th Hour (“Workin’ It,” “Bubble Pop,” “Raw Sewage,” “Hold Your Hand”).

The whole album, out March 11 on Def Jux, is currently streaming at Del’s MySpace.

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Del – Bubble Pop

MP3: Del The Funky Homosapien – “Bubble Pop” from The 11th Hour, due March 11 on Def Jux. It’s Del’s first solo release since 2000 when he unleashed both Deltron 3030 and Both Sides of the Brain.

If you don’t know Del, he’s the MC who wrote and performed the verses on the 2001 Gorillaz hit, “Clint Eastwood.” He’s laid pretty low since then, touring and overseeing a couple of releases by his Hieroglyphics crew.

I’ve loved Del since his cousin Ice Cube produced his debut, 1991’s I Wish My Cousin George Was Here. That album, for most intents and purposes, closed the doors on sampling Parliament. What more could anybody do with the source material that Del and Cube hadn’t already done? Since then, Del (and pretty much everybody else) has steered clear of P-Funk samples. Can’t wait to hear the new album.


The Gorillaz: King Bong

When I first heard about the Gorillaz, I got really excited. The Gorillaz are a cartoon band that is actually made up of the guy from Blur, Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien, and some turntable wizard. And drawn by the original creator of Tank Girl. That sounded really cool to me.

And then I saw the video for “Clint Eastwood” on 120 Minutes (yes, believe it or not, 120 Minutes is still on the air — Sunday nights on MTV2). The video clinched it for me. A great sing-songy pop chorus, classic Del rhymes for the verses, and fresh production (as always) from the Automator. The cartoon didn’t impress me that much but the song was great. The Gorillaz seemed to totally reinvent and revitalize two genres that I’ve pretty much stopped caring about: britpop and hip hop.

Unfortunately, the album does not continue along the same lines. “Clint Eastwood,” in fact, is the only track that features both Del and the guy from Blur. Del shows up by himself on one other track, but the rest of the album is basically just a solo album by the guy from Blur that’s produced by Dan The Automator. And as that, it’s pretty cool. Some nice beats, some cool vocals, some Blurry guitars. But I was hoping for so much more. I was hoping for a new direction, a new sound, a new combination of different musical styles. In essence, I wanted Del on every track.

It would have been so cool. It still is pretty cool, but not in the way that I wanted. Nevertheless, my friends can expect to see “Clint Eastwood” showing up on lots of my mixes this summer.