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LAist Interview: Del tha Funkee Homosapien

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Within the family tree of hip hop royalty Del tha Funkee Homosapien has a permanent seat, with rap running in the family genes (Del's cousin is Ice Cube) and having been a huge influence in hip hop himself. Del flipped the script on mainstream rap in the 90's, and has since moved onto bigger and better things with each project, including working with Dan the Automator on Deltron 3030, and Damon Albarn on the Gorillaz.

Del has a new CD out and is playing a free show this Saturday @ USC, and let LAist call and bug him with an interview.

LAist: How is the Eleventh Hour unique from your past productions?

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Del tha Funkee Homospaien: Well I had two things I was trying to do. One I wanted it to be a little bit funkier, you know? But at the same time I didn’t want to go overboard with it, and do too much. I still wanted it to have a hip hop flavor, know what I’m saying? So basically trying to meld the two together so that’s pretty much how it differs from my other albums.

Why is there always this unspoken beef between LA and SF?

Who said that? I ain’t ever heard of that.

Ok, scratch that.

Yeah I ain’t never heard of that. I mean there’s different people that beef about whatever, but in general… I ain’t never heard of that. Know what I mean?

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Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton?

Barack.

How come?

How come? Because that’s monumental, and also he seems like he has got it going on, you know? And he’s younger too. You can kinda feel what its about, and he’s not too old, he’s kinda separated from everything. Not saying that Hilary can’t feel nobody, but for my choice that’s who I’m voting for. Now personally, if Barrack wins, or if Hillary wins… would have to be hella better than what we got now. What we got now gotta go. That ain’t been working… ever! Know what I’m saying. So that gotta go.