A member of the San Francisco-based Hieroglyphics. He released two albums on Elektra in the early 90's; The first, I Wish My Brother George Was Here was produced by Del's cousin Ice Cube. It sounded like a lot of Cube's funk stuff, but without the gangsta posing. Del's second album was half self-produced, without any trace of Ice Cube. This is for the best; No Need For Alarm is one of the best hip hop albums, period. Highlights are Catch a Bad One, Wack M.C.'s, Wrong Place, and Miles to Go. Checking this shit out is a moral imperative.

Del was dropped from Elektra, apparently in the middle of a new album, Future Development. I found this on a boot within 3 minutes of starting a search, so you shouldn't have too hard a time finding a copy.

His latest album, was relased in 2000 under the Hieroglyphics' label. Can't say a whole lot about it as I haven't heard too much of it....


I Wish My Brother George Was Here - Elektra, 1991
No Need For Alarm - Elektra, 1993
Both Sides of the Brain - Hieroglyphics Imperium Records, 2000

Alternate spellings of Del's Name, found in various quasi-official places:
Del tha Funky Homosapien
Del tha Funkee Homosapien
Del the Funkyhomosapien
Del the Funky Homosapien
Choose which one you like, I suppose

An important addendum... Del and the rest of the Hieroglyphics crew hail from Oakland, not San Francisco.

Also, Del has been all over lately, working on a number of side projects. The most critically acclaimed of these has been Deltron 3030, where he teamed up with uberproducer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura as well as Bay Area scratch artist Kid Koala to create a sort of futuristic hip-hopera, if you will. Deltron 3030 was very successful despite its somewhat nerdy content, but that is Del's steez. Lyrically, he can get a little haughty with his vocabulary by lording his intelligence over everyone else, but that's just part of the tradition of braggadocio hip-hop and battling the omnipresent Wack MC. Perhaps Del's most widely recognized work of late is his guest shot on the Gorillaz project, which, not coincidentally, also involved Dan the Automator. Del was featured on the lead single "Clint Eastwood," a track that found heavy rotation, most likely, on your local Clear Channel or Infinity Broadcasting affiliate, as well as MTV.

Del's trademark fashion statement is a nose ring. I should also note that he is a pretty small dude, I would estimate maybe 5'11, 145 or something like that. (I saw him in concert.) He used to be into acid trips but has stopped, saying that it doesn't do it for him anymore.

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