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Del Tha Funkee Homosapien

Del Tha Funkee Homosapien is an alternative hip-hop artist. Del was born Teren Delvon Jones, August 12, 1972, in Oakland,California. Delwas partofhis cousin Ice Cube’s backing band Da Lench Mob and made his first solo album, I Wish My BrotherGeorge Was Here, withsupport from hiscousin in1991. Critics and fans had mixed opinions about the album, many feeling thatDel’s and Cube’s styles weren’t anideal match. Del decidedto part wayswith his cousin for his next album, No Need for Alarm,which allowed him to find his own style andsubject matter, and also start hisown crew,Hieroglyphic ...read more

Del Tha Funkee Homosapien is an alternative hip-hop artist. Del was born Teren Delvon Jones, August 12, 1972, in Oakland,California. Delwas partofhis cousin Ice Cube’s backing band Da Lench Mob and made his first solo album, I Wish My BrotherGeorge Was Here, withsupport from hiscousin in1991. Critics and fans had mixed opinions about the album, many feeling thatDel’s and Cube’s styles weren’t anideal match. Del decidedto part wayswith his cousin for his next album, No Need for Alarm,which allowed him to find his own style andsubject matter, and also start hisown crew,Hieroglyphics. In 1996, Del was ready to release his Future Development album. However, just before its release, Del was released from hisrecordingcontractwithElektra Records. Around this same time, Souls of Mischief, Extra Prolific and Casual (all members ofDel’s Hieroglyphicsgroup) were all releasedfromtheir recording contracts with Jive Records. Frustrated, Del and the rest ofHieroglyphics decided to start theirown record label, calledHieroglyphicsImperium. Because of the problems with Elektra,Future Development was available only on cassettevia the Hieroglyphics website fora time, until itseventual widespreadrelease on CD in 2002, six years after its proposed release date. The mistreatment of Del & Hieroglyphics by their record labels became infamous in hip-hop circles, as a perfect example of“industryrule#4080”(record company people are shady). After Hieroglyphics’ successful reemergence with their ownindependent label, Del &Hieroglyphicsbecame aninspiration for some rap artists to start their own labels while keeping thelion’s share of the money for themselves.Arguably the effortsof Del &Hieroglyphics paved the way for other famousindependent rap labels known today, such as Roc-a-FellaRecords or Rawkus Records. In 1998, Hieroglyphics came out with their first full length album, Third Eye Vision, in which Del shined. The album was wellreceived byboth fansandcritics. Two years later, Del came out with Both Sides of the Brain, and in 2001, he released Deltron3030 with Dan theAutomator Nakamuraand KidKoala, which garnered extreme praise for its combination of beats and flow andfuturistic style. Deltron 3030helped expand Del’s audience,though notquite to the commercial mainstream. Del collaborated with Gorillaz for two songs on their debut album, both of which became singles: “Clint Eastwood” and “Rockthe House”.Intheirvideos he was portrayed as a clown-like ghost. 2003 saw the release of Full Circle, a second album withthe Hiero crew. This latestalbumhas gottenmany mixed reviews, with some people liking its originality and display of talentsof the entire crew, whereas some havecomplained thatDel was seenonly sporadically on the album, acting more like a guestartist. Del’s lyrics often reflect his imaginative interests, offering humor and themes not usually found in most new hip hop, includingvideogames,badhygiene, intergalactic rap battles, and more. In 2000, the song “Positive Contact” from Deltron 3030 wasfeatured in the gameMatHoffman’s Pro BMX.In 2001, the song “If You Must” was featured in the game Tony Hawk’s ProSkater 3. In 2003, the song “PositiveContact”was again featured in a videogame - this time in Tony Hawk’s Underground. In2005, the song “Burnt” featuring Hieroglyphics wasfeatured in thegame Tony Hawk’s AmericanWasteland. In 2006, his song“Catch a Bad One” was featured in the game Mark Ecko’s GettingUp: Contents UnderPressure. Eight years following his last solo album, Both Sides of the Brain, in March 2008 Del released his newest solo, titled EleventhHour, undertheDefinitiveJux record label. In 2009, Del released Del’s Leak Pack #1 (download) & #2 (download) via his MySpace page. In April of 2009 he released his6th soloalbum,FunkMan (The Stimulus Package). The album was released online and can be downloaded for free here. Healso released a secondnew soloalbum,Automatic Statik, via his BandCamp site in September of 2009. October of 2009 sawthe release of Del’s collaboration withTame One,entitled ParallelUni-verses. « hide

Similar Bands: Ice Cube, Aceyalone, Kokane, Deltron 3030, Hieroglyphics

LPs
Iller Than Most
2014

3.2
32 Votes
Golden Era
2011

3.1
25 Votes
It Ain't Illegal Yet
2010

2
1 Votes
Automatik Statik
2009

2.9
15 Votes
Funk Man (The Stimulus Package)
2009

3.1
42 Votes
Eleventh Hour
2008

2.7
48 Votes
Both Sides of the Brain
2000

3.9
196 Votes
Future Development
1998

3.9
69 Votes
No Need For Alarm
1994

3.8
106 Votes
I Wish My Brother George Was Here
1991

3.9
152 Votes
Compilations
One Percent
2014

2.8
2 Votes

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