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Del the Funky Homosapien

Whether you like Del the Funky Homosapien or not, one thing that cannot be denied is that he’s been consistent. The West Coast representative has done what many other West Coast emcees have done – stay below the radar, while continuously putting out music for their carved out, and ever-dedicated fan base. Del has hit his flock with another jam collection, Golden Era.

Coming off the digital releases of Funk Man, and Automatik Statik comes Golden Era, the last third of the trilogy, which is, frankly, more of the same. But with Del, that’s a good thing. The truth is, Del pushes himself lyrically on all his records which is what has garnered him avid supporters from way back in the Heiro days. The West Coast poet bends and contorts the English language in a way that not many can. I could pick any song to highlight, but my favorite one is “Raw,” a song where Del just goes berserk over a more sparse track.

On “Upside Down,” he does it again, but this time over a funk tinged track where he exclaims that he doesn’t care about what people think hip-hop is, and that it’s time to turn it upside down. I couldn’t help but think that Del would probably hate a guy like me; A music reviewer. But I’m happy to inform him (if he reads this) that in that terminal conversation of what hip hop is, he definitely falls to the side of “is” and not “ain’t.” But he probably could care less. And that’s what makes him great. It’s evident in his music, and his career on a whole, that Del just does Del. And on Golden Era…well, let’s just say he’s a creature of habit. And we should all be thankful for that.

-Jason Reynolds


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