Del tha Funkee Homosapien
I Wish My Brother George Was Here


4.0
excellent

Review

by RoundOnEndHiInMiddle USER (14 Reviews)
July 11th, 2014 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Ayo Del?" "What?" "The f**k is a funky homosapien?" "It's a human being, fool. A funky human being" "Aight..."

Having a famous relative can come in handy sometimes. Credibility can be gained from others by simply associating with said relative. In the world of sports, famous athletes often have sons or daughters that follow in their footsteps such as famed NFL wide receiver Jerry Rice and his son, Jerry Rice Jr. Also, it is common to see two players that are cousins, such as former NBA dou Vince Carter and Tracy Mcgrady. Actors often have relatives in show business, such as Will Smith and his son, Jaden Smith, or Owen Wilson and his brother, Luke Wilson.

For Teren Jones, better known as Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, his famous relative was O'Shea Jackson, better known as Ice Cube of the seminal west coast hip-hop group, N.W.A. At first, Jones wrote lyrics for Jackson's Los Angeles-based band, Da Lench Mob. Soon, he and his cousin would collaborate again, with Del rapping over Ice Cube production on Del's debut, I Wish My Brother George Was Here. The album would go on to receive critical acclaim, even though Jones was not satisfied with the final product.

Jones is his own worst critic here, as he simply does not give himself enough credit for the excellent piece of work that is his debut. He paints a vivid picture of his everyday life in the city, but it has a soulful vibe to at. The things he's talking about may seem sad and troublesome on the lyric sheet alone, but Del's presence, and the funk-filled beats Ice Cube puts down on this record, make them seem little more than a nuisance. It is almost as if to say that, even though life may seem tough, going through it with confidence and a positive mindset can work wonders.

When Del isn't talking about the irritants of his city, he takes a wise-cracking approach against what he calls “fraudulent foes”, or bad rappers. His hit single from the album, “Mistadobalina”, is the most famous example, but songs like “Same 'Ol Thing” and “Pissin' On Your Steps” feature Del at his lyrical best, full of interesting wordplay and punchlines.

If there is one thing holding the album back, it is that the beats don't stray too far from the blueprints set early on by “What Is A Booty” and “Mistadobalina”, sometimes leading songs to run into each other, and making the album feel longer than it actually is. Despite this, there isn't necessarily a bad beat, and Del has enough to say and enough presence on the mic to keep listeners interested regardless.

Del Tha Funkee Homosapien would go on to be an important figure in the underground, and would go on to make bigger and better projects. His work with Deltron 3030 resulted in one of the best hip-hop albums around the turn of the century, and would collaborate with other famous groups, such as Wu-Tang Clan and Gorillaz. However, that is not to discredit this album in any way, as it makes itself known as an excellent hip-hop release and an album that no Del fan should ever pass up.



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RoundOnEndHiInMiddle
July 10th 2014


328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Did this review for Judio's "Review A Random Album" game. Any and all feedback is welcomed.

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Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
July 10th 2014


6264 Comments


great review man, pos'd. didn't have high hopes for this album considering it's title but I'm glad you liked it so much! May have to check it actually.

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SharkTooth
July 10th 2014


5071 Comments


good review man!

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RoundOnEndHiInMiddle
July 10th 2014


328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you both!

ExplosiveOranges
July 10th 2014


3134 Comments


Have a pos, mate.

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Greenpaw
July 10th 2014


219 Comments


I was coincidentally listening to Mistadobalina today when I saw this on the front page, whoa. Nice, POS.

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BlackLlama
July 10th 2014


1688 Comments


One of my favorite rap jams ever is "If You Must".

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RoundOnEndHiInMiddle
July 10th 2014


328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have so many great THPS3 memories with that song.

Inveigh
July 10th 2014


25025 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

damn, can't believe this hadn't been reviewed yet, nice job. great album

random
July 10th 2014


2267 Comments


MISTADOBALLINA!

LambsBread
July 10th 2014


3552 Comments


All I get from the review is: Del is Ice cube's cousin. Ice Cube made the beats, they aren't that
diverse. Del is good.

This review is too generic and not specific enough, you don't talk about the actual album enough and
focus too much on who Del is. Maybe you should talk about the methods used to make the beats or what
distinguishes Del's style from other rappers, or what distinguishes this from his best known works
like 3030.

You need more stuff like this "It is almost as if to say that, even though life may seem tough,
going through it with confidence and a positive mindset can work wonders." You should expand on this
point and use examples in the songs.

Sorry but I gotta NEG this, it has a few things going for it like the line above and the overall
readability, and i'm happy to see good hip hop albums getting reviewed, but I think you can do
better.

RoundOnEndHiInMiddle
July 11th 2014


328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the constructive criticism, Hillary.

MyCarandMyGuitar
July 11th 2014


769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

glad i submitted this album into the game, good review, glad you dug it



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