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Album Review

While many will subject Parallel Uni-Verses to the usual in-depth scrutiny of Del the Funky Homosapien, it's not a fair way to approach this loose, casual album. For one, that would ignore Artifacts member Tame One's equal contribution to this evenly split effort, but first and foremost, Uni-Verses isn't designed to be a game changer. Instead, it's an attractively familiar and nostalgic album, one that brings reminders of the informal collaborations found on early Lyricist Lounge or Def Jux compilations. Instead of sick rhymes, clever punch lines are the thing, with "Selling more units than Moon Zappa" (Tame One on "Before This") and "You simians just simulate" (Del on "Special") being representative of the overall flavor. What makes it all worthwhile is how complementary the aggressive Tame and the laid-back Del are, how fun their strutting and swaggering is, and how funky the tracks feel with Drum and Knowledge from the Parallel Thought crew providing a wide variety of throwback vibes. Punchy bass, jittery scratching, and looped xylophone samples make "Flashback" more than your average homage to hip-hop's golden age, although it's not just the Thought crew who are responsible as these veteran lyricists can go way back and "get nastier than Blowfly." The eerie beats make "The Franchise" a highlight, sounding like they might have melted off the B-side of some old Mo Wax 12", but it's the druggy closer, "Gaining Ground," that really stuns, slinking across the speakers like Pink Floyd and Massive Attack passing spliffs for six minutes. Songs are allowed as much time as they need, but the album as a whole is economical and right-sized at 11 tracks. This is highly enjoyable weekend music from the underground, nothing more, nothing less.

Customer Reviews

True School is back

It feels good to hear real hip hop with out mention of rims champagne and diamonds. Not to mention, these are not rappers who discoverd hip hop via Mtv or the Sawse Magazine. These are Og's in Hip Hop. Real Graffitti artist reppin both coast with authentisty. Do ya research kids!!

Cosmic Slop

Fresh breath of air with new perspectives and true rhymes wit rhythym. Parrallel Thought has developed a Full soulfull sound. Production and Rhymes Blend well with both Del and Tame One's unique Cadence's. Tame ones space and densely packed rhymes especially stick out Del is smooth as ever. Old School with a new perspective and Cosmic Slop Dopeness

Foggy Windowz is clearly an idiot

dude ur crazy im sure u need to go bak to commicercial rap bro cause u need to open ur auditorial cannals cause there clogged up badly.

Biography

Born: August 12, 1972 in Oakland, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Cousin of renowned gangster rapper Ice Cube, Del tha Funky Homosapien (real name Teren Delvon Jones) was born in Oakland, California on August 12, 1972, and got his start with Ice Cube's backing band, Da Lench Mob. But Del's rap isn't as grim or violent as Ice Cube's is; in fact, he's been known to include something in his music that's far too uncommon in most rap: humor. Signed to Elektra/Asylum, Del's debut release, I Wish My Brother George Was Here, was issued in 1991 and produced by Cube and,...
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