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Del the Funky Homosapien Discusses His New Album "Golden Era," Deltron 3030, Gorillaz, & the Change in Spelling of His Name

Posted by Billyjam, May 17, 2011 09:35pm | Post a Comment

Longtime Oakland hip-hop artist  Del the Funky Homosapien (the Hierogyphics member formerly known as Del tha Funkee Homosapien) has been making innovative, quality hip-hop music for over twenty years now.  And, as shown by the emcee & producer's impressive new album, Golden
Era
, he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Del's impressive discography dates back to his his 1991 major label debut I Wish My Brother George Was Here on Elektra. In addition to numerous other solo artist albums, such as No Need for Alarm (1993), Both Sides of the Brain (2000), and Eleventh Hour (2008), he has released collaborative project albums including the two with his longtime crew the Hieroglyphics (1998's 3rd Eye Vision and 2003's Full Circle) and the wonderful but slept on Parallel Uni-Verses (2009) with Tame-One of NewJersey's Artifacts fame.

On a wider scale, however, Del is perhaps best known for his work with Dan The Automator as Deltron 3030, who released 2000's acclaimed self titled album, and his brief but well-received work with Gorillaz, for whom he helped make the 2001 hit debut single "Clint Eastwood." Del's latest release, Golden Era (released last month by The Council), is a 3 CD set (for the price of one) that includes the all new Golden Era album plus two albums that previously were only available as special download formats, never in physical format: Funk Man (The Stimulus Package) and Automatik Statik, which were both released in 2009. I recently caught up with Del to talk to him about such topics as the new album, the anticipated next Deltron release, and why he changed the spelling of his name. This is what he told the Amoeblog.

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