Del Tha Funkee Homosapien conducted by Todd E. Jones  

The 11th Hour Of Del

September 2006

Del The Funky Homosapien states, "Time is too expensive." A true hip-hop legend, Del has maintained his credibility and eccentric nature through his consistent musical evolution. He knows what his "love is worth". Cousin of Ice Cube and leader of Hieroglyphics, Del has earned a mythical reputation due to his work as a solo artist, producer, and in side projects.

Released on Elektra Records, his 1991 debut album, "I Wish My Brother George Was Here" spawned the hit, "Mistadobalina". His sophomore 1993 album (also released on Elektra), "No Need For Alarm" displayed a major growth with an extremely brutal edge. The thick grooves and sharp melodies coincided with Del's signature flow and aggressive lyrics. "No Need For Alarm" Del Tha Funkee Homosapien interviewincluded the classic tracks "Catch A Bad One", "Wrongplace", "Wack MC's", and "Boo Boo Heads". One specific track, "Worldwide" claimed to feature a pre-teen emcee named Unicron. The mysterious and aggressive Unicron was actually Del performing through vocal effects. Many people still believe that the kid was a real person. As Del continued to artistically evolve, Elektra Records did not share his vision. Although Del completed his third album "Future Development", Elektra refused to release the recording.

With the help of his own wisdom and his crew's loyalty, Del decided to take the road of independence by creating the label, Hieroglyphics Imperium. The funky human being has been traveling the independent road ever since. Hieroglyphics Imperium was one of the first independent hip-hop labels that successfully utilized the Internet. The company has set the standard for profitable independent hip-hop labels on the web. As a crew, Hieroglyphics consist of Souls Of Mischief, Casual, Pep-Love, Jay-Biz, Domino, and others. A multi-dimensional artist, Del began to also produce beats for himself and his fellow artists. The debut crew album, "3rd Eye Vision" by Hieroglyphics was a classic collection of tracks that made Del fans yearn for his next solo effort. Del staked his claim on a variety of tracks including "You Never Knew", "The Who", and "No Nuts". His solo track, "At The Helm" was one of the strongest and most memorable songs on the album. The follow up Hieroglyphics album, "Full Circle" displayed an overall maturity from the entire crew.

The new millennium marked Del's resurrection. Not only did he begin to study music composition, but he also began to learn other languages. His solo album, "Both Sides Of The Brain" was unique project with wild electronic hip-hop beats. A lover of video games, Del produced the majority of the album inspired by the video game sound. "Proto Culture" is a track where Del expressed his love for video games. The song, "Catch All This" was actually used for a video game. Guest producers for "Both Sides Of The Brain" included Casual, A-Plus, Domino, and Prince Paul. Guests included Casual, El-P, Khaos Unique, and A-Plus.

Side projects continued to be an essential element of Del's success. Released almost simultaneously with "Both Sides Of The Brain", Del released a side project with Dan The Automator and Kid Koala. The concept album, "Deltron 3030" (75 Ark Records) is a magnificent timeless classic in the form of a space opera. Stand out tracks included "Madness", "Virus", "Positive Contact", and "Things You Can Do". Guests included Damon Albarn (of Blur), Mr. Lif, MC Paul Barnum, and others. His most successful work to date was on the self-titled Gorillaz album. Songs like "Clint Eastwood" and "Rock The House" earned him money, respect, and exposure. Del also worked on both Handsome Boy Modeling School albums. His contribution to the "Think Differently: Wu-Tang Meets Indie Culture" LP (Babygrande Records) was also a shining moment. Del toured with Haiku D'etat and Zion I, which led to the compilation CD and DVD "Calicomm 2004". Del remained extremely prolific without releasing a full-length album.

Del The Funky Homosapien is on the verge of his next chapter of artistic creativity. Del recently released "The 11th Hour" DVD. The film features live performances, documentary footage, interviews, and more. The absorbing DVD hides nothing from the fans. Del emotionally expresses himself without holding back. He discusses the music industry, Gorillaz, money, family, relationships, violence, sex shops, food, and more. We get to see where and how he creates his own music. The film is an intense portrait of an inimitably creative individual.

As the Summer of ends, the year of 2006 begins to die. On a late weekday afternoon in September 2006, I had an in-depth dialogue with legendary funky homosapien, known as Del. Like his DVD, Del had no problems expressing himself, stating his opinions, or letting his guard down. Without a gimmick or a fake persona, Del is one of the most down to earth and realest artists I have interviewed. We discussed independent labels, his music, relationships, technology, hip-hop, and a myriad of other topics.

As "The 11th Hour" approaches, Del The Funky Homosapien has a plethora of new projects in the works. The audio album, "The 11th Hour" will soon be released. Del is also working on another Deltron 3030 project too. The more Del studies music composition and music technology, the more he becomes a well-rounded artist. "Time Is Too Expensive" but, Del tries to utilize every single second.

MVRemix: What goes on?

Del: I just wiped out an HD filled with all of my work and applications that I owned. A Hard Drive, a Lacie Firewire drive about 200 gigabytes worth of music, applications, from like the last 5-6 years... gone. So, I'm just shook up. I'm trying to recover the drive now.

MVRemix: In your new DVD, 'The 11th Hour' displays how you truly engulfed yourself in music technology. How did this happen? What inspired this? Since there are so many programs and hardware to utilize, where did you begin?

Del: Yeah, I been computer literate since 5 or 6th grade. Well, reading about computer programming, I saw what was going to be the new wave of composing. A lot was just being aware of what the advances were in music. A lot of different theories.

MVRemix: Your new DVD, 'The 11th Hour' was just released. Tell us about it.

Del: Me and Grant, the director of the DVD, just kind of let it formulate and come together, naturally. He thought that my lifestyle was interesting enough to do. The DVD centered around it, as opposed to just tour footage that I pulled from different places, helped me formulate my own theories.

MVRemix: You get very personal on the 'The 11th Hour' DVD. Was this an intentional move?

Del: Naw, I'm just open. Once you get to know me, I really don't have nothing to hide.

MVRemix: What happened to that crazy girl who came after you with a knife?

Del: We got into mad stuff. We could've killed each other. I eventually moved to the crib I got here to get away from her because she was going to get it, eventually. She did mad stuff. The worst was hanging herself in my garage... twice.

MVRemix: When she hung herself, did you save her or did someone else save her? What happened?

Del: I saved her, although I hate to say it like that, like I'm some superhero.

MVRemix: After you released the album, 'No Need For Alarm', did you get some negative reactions about some of your lyrics about women? For example, 'Boo Boo Heads' was particularly angry.

Del: A little, but you know, there's nothing I can do about some chicks and how they do things. Dudes ain't no better though. I'm equal opportunity dissing.

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