Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop

Del tha Funkee Homosapien

When: Fri., April 22, 9 p.m. 2011

Del Tha Funkee Homosapien's new release is actually three albums rolled into one. Think of it as a triptych: Automatik Statik and Funk Man dropped digitally in 2009; Golden Era contains all new material. The single, "One Out of a Million," has all the signature markings of an old Del song: the down-tempo beat; the odd bar flows; the slurry, drawly intonation; the quirky sense of humor (Put pressure on 'em, just like a zit, he interjects between lines). For all the dense language, it's really just a typical boast track. Then again, nothing Del puts out is ever typical. This is an emcee who can rhyme for days about unidentifiable funk on the BART train, after all. In the 1993 song "Catch a Bad One," he chastened an imaginary foe by vowing to loosen teeth and split gums. He opened the rap "Wack MCs" by comparing himself to a dog with a powerful bite, and rhymed "Funkee Homosapien" with the line Monkeys I will make of men. He'll appear at Shattuck Down Low (2284 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) on Friday, Apr. 22. 9 p.m., free. ShattuckDownLow.com

Rachel Swan

Price: free

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