Del tha Funkee Homosapien
Both Sides of the Brain


4.0
excellent

Review

by DesolationRow USER (80 Reviews)
July 28th, 2006 | 34 replies | 17,846 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

In 2001, the hip hop/ alternative rock animated band Gorillaz released their self titled album.
The breakthrough single, Clint Eastwood, and it's obscurely dark music video, depicted a gargantious ghostly
rapper- Del. Teren Delvon Jones, younger cousin of acclaimed rapper, Ice Cube, better known to the underground
hip hop community as Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, is essentially an enigma to the casual hip hop listener.
His baritone delivery of cynical, yet intelligent (and often counterculuture oriented) are alchemistic and
abstrusive, to say the least. Combining spacey, abstract beats and synth melodies with a rather intellectual,
but freewheeling and sarcastic tone, makeup one of the most bizarrely approachable hip hop artists in the modern day
underground rap scene. And all of this was made possible because of mere guest appearances. But nearly an entire year earlier, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien released his fourth solo album- Both Sides of the Brain- an intelligent, almost scientific, yet cultural barrage of spitting, fiery rhymes that attack nearly everything.

Both Sides of the Brain can be summed up as the epitome of Del's rapping style and technique. As already said, Del has a certain quality to his delivery and tone that make him completely unique to any other rapper. He has a blatant sardonic social standpoint, that lacks the carefulness of social precautions. Lyrically,he addresses social, political and national issues, ranging from the miniscule controversies of southern California, to the federal scandals that have torn the nation- all of which, he seems to lack respect for. His voice is boomingand deep, while his lyrics are a barrage of counterculture cliches, controversy, and bare boned, stripped down disaproval for the stereotypical way of life that haunts the American suburbia. Del takes full advantage of the racial cliches and today's social voluntary segregation, by addressing every ethnic clique with profanity, which can be simultaneously viewed as racial hatred, or social hip hop genius. Profanity and double sexual entendres adorn the seventeen tracks, furthering Del's cynical standpoint and relatively dark outlook on life.

Musically, Both Sides of the Brain is a juxtaposition of every hip hop beat and synth that one could want. Between offbeat and complex hihat shuffles with frequent snare hits on the beats, droning synthesizers (Pet Peeves is a phenomenal example of how droning it can be), the frequent, sketchy and slippery scratching, and the phunkee, booming bass, Both Sides is essentially a "hip hop's greatest beats and melodies". He fully utilizes an array of percussion instruments (glockenspiel, marimba, and a vast collection of drums included), and expirements with different synth settings, ranging from strings, fluid electric organ, and some bizarre instruments- making Del one of the most expiremental MC's of the underground. For Del at his most creative, as well as abstract, check out the peculiar BM's, the droning Pet Peeves, and the kazoo laden Skull 7 Crossbones. Surely, (Don't call me shirley. OMFG airplane!!!11) Both Sides of the Brain is an entertaining and trancing listen that will probably introduce new listeners into a whole new realm of hip hop music.



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DesolationRow
July 28th 2006



833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mehh, I don't like this review very much.

Cygnus Inter Anates
July 28th 2006



721 Comments


"If You Must" is funny.

HORRIBLE REVIEW.

Zebra
Moderator
July 28th 2006



2647 Comments


I only have Dels debut album and it's cool. I really like his voice and rapping style.
This was a good short review but it also felt rushed.

DesolationRow
July 28th 2006



833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It WAS rushed, because as of now, i have no word processor. Damn Works program crapped out.

The Jungler
July 28th 2006



4827 Comments


I don't like Del's voice much, but his musics pretty cool. Good review.

STLMiguel
July 28th 2006



335 Comments


Zebra, you have to pick up the Deltron 3030 album. That is probably Del at his best. This album is pretty great, too.

Strangely, my favorite Del song of all time is from the first Handsome Boy Modeling School album ...

kno_kontrol
July 28th 2006



448 Comments


^^^agreed. Magnetizing is the shit.

Good review, I havent heard this but Del is one of my favorite rappers.

cjstunna
July 28th 2006



119 Comments


Good review. Anyone who's a fan of Del should probably pick this up, just don't expect another Deltron 3030. Some very solid work and still better than 95% of the stuff out there today.

smokersdieyounger
July 31st 2006



672 Comments


This review does seem a little rushed, but he does touch on the important things about a record.

I'm rather confuses about what you say about the percussion? How was the music on this record layered, uilt up etc? I don't know much about more modern hip hop production.

"Freshly Baked"
September 2nd 2006



583 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review is mad short, and not insanelyt descriptive.

I like this album. I might review it.

Xxplosive
October 24th 2008



126 Comments


If You Must always makes my day

Meatplow
April 22nd 2009



5524 Comments


Cool album, I really enjoyed listening to it. If You Must really is an awesome song, I remember it from one of the Tony Hawk games.

Phantom
January 4th 2010



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm the difference between hanna-barbera and hannibal the barbarian

KILL
January 4th 2010



70621 Comments


this guys awesome

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

Phantom
January 4th 2010



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes yes yes

KILL
January 4th 2010



70621 Comments


and so is severed survival

Phantom
January 4th 2010



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I refer you to my last comment

that spastic ink album is pretty sweet too

KILL
January 4th 2010



70621 Comments


man love all round!

KieranVandRakim
January 4th 2010



332 Comments


mista dobalina
mista bob dobalina

botb
July 20th 2010



9560 Comments


i need to check this out. it sounds right up my alley.



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