Friday 17 January 2014

Review of "Iller than Most" by Del the Funky Homosapien

American Underground MC, Del the Funky Homosapien, delivers a mixtape that’s minimalist to the max, throwing away any hint of social commentary or lyrical theme, instead serving up an album that is essentially just one big diss-fest to all the other current rappers in the game. His rhymes are witty and his conversational tone of delivery is engaging, but overall, nothing really sticks.

Del also seems to have got less funky in recent years. I’m not even sure if he’s still a homosapien. Going for an experimental and equally minimalistic instrumental approach, the beats on this album feel as if they were forged on Mars. They consist of industrial bleeps and loopy, digital drum patterns – highly creative but a little lacklustre in the melody department.

Melody is important. Even the most experimental hip hop acts such as Death Grips and Billy Woods aren’t entirely adverse to the concept. Give me something I can hum (or at least attempt to hum).