A double dose of Del and Co.coming Wednesday, Aug. 21
Del the Funky Homosapien came up as part of his cousin Ice Cube’s crew, but in no time he separated himself from his familial roots in both sound and subject matter. “Mistadobalina,” Del’s breakout song from 1991 debut I Wish My Brother George Was Here, is funky, funny, quirky and full of old-school lyrical dexterity from a bygone era of hip-hop.
It’s possible a generation of music fans know Del mostly as the California rapper who spit those iconic verses on “Clint Eastwood” by Gorillaz (you remember: “Finally, someone let me out of my cage/Now time for me is nothing 'cause I'm counting no age…").
But there’s much more to the Funky Homosapien’s legacy, including a stint with Dan the Automator and Kid Koala as Deltron 3030 and a collab with Tame One and Parallel Thought as Parallel Uni-Verses. These days, the hip-hop master spends most of his time with Oakland collective Hieroglyphics, the crew Del founded back in the ’90s and with whom he’ll be performing at this Ace of Cups show.
FYI: The 6:30 p.m. gig at Ace on Wednesday, Aug. 21, sold out quickly, so Archie Fox added a late show, with doors opening at 9:30 p.m.