by Jack Probst
Last night I attended my first full-on hip hop show. The legendary MC Del the Funky Homosapien graced St. Louis with his presence, and gave the crowd much love during his set. Touring in support of his new record Eleventh Hour, which is his first solo release since 2000. But it's not as though he's been sitting around doing nothing over the last 8 years or so. Del made a record with Dan the Automator under the name Deltron 3030, and freestyled on other artists albums like Handsome Boy Modeling School and Gorillaz. Del explained that he's also been teaching himself a lot of the technical aspects so he can produce records when ever he gets a creative spark. My only complaint is those rappers spent a little too much time talking in between songs, but Del's voice is so unique that listening to him ramble wasn't painful.
I was surprised that Del pulled out a lot of songs from his back catalog. Del was at his funkiest when he rapped to his classic song "Mistadobalina" from his 1991 debut, I Wish My Brother George Was Here. The crowd went nuts when the DJ hit the beat for "If You Must". It seemed to be the most recognized song of the night, possibly because of it's inclusion on the soundtrack to the old Playstation game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. (Well, maybe it was a bigger hit than that. I'm not sure, but that's the first time I heard Del.) The show ended with "Clint Eastwood", the hit that Del did with Gorillaz. It's good to know the track can hold its own without Damon Albarn's vocals. All of the new songs sounded good live, but I haven't really gotten into the Eleventh Hour too much on my own. There's something about the beats that aren't quite as funky as the older albums. That's not to say that Del is losing his skills. He fully lived up to his name. He is one funky homosapien.
P.S. I just want to say thanks to the dude that was flailing his arms around and bumped my Pepsi on the front of my new KDHX shirt. Thanks, dude.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
by Jack Probst