What To Do? Wednesday's Pick:
Del the Funky Homosapien @ Great American Music Hall
In this week's issue, Jonah Flicker writes that Del the Funky Homosapien has "contributed his share to the canon of hip-hop classics. His first two albums, the funk-infused I Wish My Brother George Was Here and the harder-edged, battle-rapping No Need for Alarm, left unique marks during the golden era of early-'90s hip-hop." But Flicker calls the Bay Area rapper's latest, Parallel Uni-Verses, "Del's best effort in a decade."
Flicker continues, "It's cohesive, due in part to the decision to stick with a single producer. The beats, built on rock, orchestral, and jazz samples, have more complexity than the simpler funk loops he employed on recent albums. But the key lies in his and Tame's united vision. The MCs match one another in flow and subject matter without sacrificing the idiosyncrasies that make them unique. Several tracks even tell stories, albeit simple ones, ensuring that clichéd braggadocio isn't their only trick. But Del can also throw out boasts like 'Honors and accolades, that's the way the shit went/Growing up in Oakland, spitting for the whole district' and sound reasonable."