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Del The Funky Homosapian Q&A
Heís Got the Funk
by Matt Crawford on Sep 14, 2006
Itís been a minute since Del Tha Funky Homosapianís last full-length LP, but the wait will soon be over for the legions of fans that have found his music through various releases on his Hieroglyphics label and other channels, such as the Gorillaz breakout hit ďClint EastwoodĒ.
The Oakland-based rapper recently released his first DVD ďThe 11th HourĒ and an album with the same title will be in stores soon. Del hits the road on Sept. 27 for nearly a month and a half, before his next performance in San Francisco at the Fillmore on Nov. 17. He spoke with SF Station during a phone interview.
SF Station (SFS): Are you on the road now?
Del: No, Iím in the Bay. Iím not traveling yet, thank God.
SFS: You donít like to be on the road?
Del: Hell, no -- not at this point. I like performing for people and I like talking to different people, but I hate traveling. I hate being on the move and being on a bus for 30 or 40 hours at a time in between performances.
SFS: Is your new album done?
Del: Yeah, the album is pretty much done. Weíre just trying to get it mixed right now.
SFS: Is this the first solo LP youíve recorded since you started studying music theory?
Del: Yeah, pretty much. Iím studying song writing too. The first song that I tried it on was the (Gorillaz) ďClint EastwoodĒ song.
SFS: That was a pretty successful track. Have the music concepts you have learned influenced the way your music sounds?
Del: Not really. What Iím learning has really allowed me to direct exactly what I want the outcome to be as opposed to having anything coming out when I sit down to make a song. I can pick and choose and say, ďI want to be able to make a funk song,Ē instead of sitting down and pulling the slot machine arm and having an idea pop out. I wanted to have more control over my music.
Itís all about composing and composition. Itís just like word composition or to keep your composure (physically). Music is all about organizing and I wanted to be more organized with what I was doing.
SFS: Why did you name your new album The 11th hour?
Del: It indicates that god works in mysterious ways and that is the force that is behind things, not humans. A lot of people want to force things to happen and you canít really do that. That is what itís alluding to. Also, the 11th hour means itís too late for some people and for other people itís right on time. Itís all a matter of opinion. Itís a loose meaning, but you know what Iím about. Iím about funk. Iím trying to make aggressive music, funky music.
SFS: A lot of rappers out of Oakland still try to incorporate funk in their music, it seems like itís still alive in the East Bay.
Del: Thatís our heritage. Itís going to be there.
SFS: What are some funk acts that inspired you when you were growing up?
Del: All of the Funkadelic and George Clinton really, really stuck with me because of the humor and the truth that they put in their music. They were out there, but it was still comprehensible. Iím a big fan of Parliament-Funkadelic. Iíve probably got all of their records and all of the records by the offshoot groups.
SFS: You put a lot personal moments and behind-the-scenes footage on your DVD. Why did you decide to release that now?
Del: I thought it was a good idea because I wanted people to see what I was actually doing with my time because there were so many rumors about what I was doing. The personal stuff wasnít really a big deal for me. People think Iím introverted, but Iím really pretty open. Iím not ashamed of anything I do. I donít have anything to hide.
by Matt Crawford on Sep 14, 2006