Del Tha Funkee Homosapien conducted by Todd E. Jones  

The 11th Hour Of Del

September 2006

MVRemix: Did people think Unicron, from the song 'Worldwide' (from 'No Need For Alarm'), was a real kid?

Del: They still do. It's funny. I just tell people that he finally got arrested. Now, I just say what I feel without hiding behind Unicron. If it offends people, well, I can't do nothing about that cause it's real. Get used to it.

MVRemix: What inspired that heated 3rd verse on 'Cheque It Oooout' (from 'No Need For Alarm') about a journalist?

Del: Being young and immature, everybody got opinions. I shouldn't have gotten heated so bad over her's. It's nothing. I apologized, actually, to her because she didn't deserve that at all. But that's one of the things that kept me from more success. We cool.

MVRemix: What was the origin of the term, 'Boo Boo Heads'? Did you make it up? What exactly is a 'Boo Boo Head'?

Del: Actually, 'Boo boo heads' came from J-Biz. He was the first dude saying it around me. It's basically a term for Del Tha Funkee Homosapien interviewbitches or hood-rats. You know?

MVRemix: The 'Future Development' LP was recorded for Elektra, but that label never released that album. Many years later, you released 'Future Development' on your own label. What happened with the 'Future Development' LP? Tell us the story about that album.

Del: Well, I started out with the same outrageous budget, around $300,000. We get it in parts, in thirds, I think. So, we went to work with that first 3rd. I already had the album basically mapped out from my mom's house. I was living with mom again, at that point, I believe.

MVRemix: Why wasn't 'Future Development' released on Elektra?

Del: Because I got dropped. I was difficult to work with. They had a shift in personnel with Sylvia Rhone. Yeah, it was a fool. It was just not happening like I thought. They just sent me a letter saying that I was axed. I actually had a dinner with Sylvia. She flew out here. That's big, but at the time, I didn't treat it like that. She was asking me to possibly work with some other producers, like Premo, for instance. Me, of course, being the Leo I am, was like, 'Hell naw!' I'm sure she left feeling that I was too much trouble for the amount of money I was getting. Add on the fact that my sales were actually dropping from the 1st to 2nd album. So now, I understand the business better. Then, I was pissed off. That's basically how it went down.

MVRemix: Was it difficult to finally release the 'Future Development' LP on Hieroglyphics Imperium?

Del: Naw, not really, but the version you hear is not finished. It was half mixed when I got dropped and that was it. I was even about to do some songs with Redman and De La Soul, but the plug got pulled before I could follow through.

MVRemix: How do you think your sound has evolved with each album?

Del: Well, let's see. It's a personal thing, I guess, that reflects in my music. I feel like I'm a bit more stable now. Before, I was wilding out. Yeah, I was just growing up, I guess. But now, I'm a mean young man.

MVRemix: Do you still keep in contact with Ice Cube? What is your relationship with him like these days?

Del: He is a mega star, so it's hard to catch up with him. I guess he still believes that I'm not into gangsta sh*t or his music, but I support him 100%. He's a black hero! That's real talk. Actually, about 80% of what I listen to could be considered 'gangsta'.

MVRemix: So, what was the major obstacle about starting your label, Hieroglyphics Imperium?

Del: Money, getting the paperwork handled, which Domino and Michael Ashburne handled. Peace to Michael. We are blessed to have him down. He has worked with Richard Pryor in the 70's, so he's hip.

MVRemix: How did you meet everyone (Souls Of Mischief, Casual, Pep Love, Domino) in Hieroglyphics and decide to form group and label? Was there a philosophy behind the group or label?

Del: It was pretty much chance. I'm a Leo, so people tend to gravitate toward me. I tend to let people in on the fun happening, if they got it. So, everybody had it. It just worked. But me, A-plus, and Tajai knew each other since 3rd grade. So, that's the core of Hiero since 3rd grade.

MVRemix: I'm a Leo too.

Del: Oh, excellent. Kelis is a Leo too. So is Krs-One and Posdonous.

MVRemix: Who are some producers you would like to collaborate with in the future?

Del: I'm a producer, so it's the other way around for me. That's what I'm into, composition. Ladybug Mecca and Joi from ATL are the ones now who I'm really wanting to do stuff with because they believe in me! Joi, Mecca, I love y'all!

MVRemix: Who are some artists you would like to collaborate with in the future?

Del: Anyone who wants to get down who got it. I'm trying to make classical records, so open minded people.

MVRemix: Do you still feel that people pigeonhole you as 'underground' or even 'trip hop'?

Del: Nope. I don't think I could be pigeonholed, which is why I decided to calm down and pick an avenue. I'll always be underground because I'm just funky and grimy like that.

MVRemix: What LPs have you been listening to during the last couple of days?

Del: A lot, but the latest was Lil Kim's last one, Company Flow, 'Kelis Was Here' by Kelis, a little of Jaz-O, E-40, Parliament, Bootsy's Rubber Band, Snoop's last one, and DPG'z. I listen to a lot of street stuff or funk. That's what talks to me in my daily grind, but I'm usually trying to create music though.

MVRemix: Hieroglyphics Imperium does much of the business over the Internet. What's your opinion on how the Internet has affected the music industry?

Del: Great! It has distilled the power to the man with the product, initially more good than bad, with downloading being bad. But I do it too, so hey, buy stuff too. But if I want it at 5:00 am, I'm downloading it.

MVRemix: What was the last incident of racism you experienced?

Del: I don't experience much, thankfully. Maybe, I don't attract that kind of vibe. I'm cool with everybody, though I'm pretty militant.

MVRemix: Where were you on the September 11th terrorist attack? How did you handle it?"

Del: What was that? The planes? Or the bomb someone tossed in the subway? Or am I tripping? You know what I think about it? Somebody's lying, but I won't get too deep into it. Everybody knows who's who, at this point. It's well documented, way better than how I could put it."

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