MUSIC: Del The Funky Homosapien Spits Rhymes At The Met

Monday, August 12, 2013

 

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Oakland rap legend Del the Funky Homosapien came to The Met in Pawtucket this weekend.

When you feel the need to talk about what real hip-hop is, you have to start with Del The Funky Homosapien. The Oakland rap legend headlined a show at The Met this past Saturday with Eddie Rap Life, Symmetry and Bukue One opening the bill that was sure to be one hell of a evening. DJ Nook & Dox Ellis were on the 1's & 2's as well, The Met once again was the place to be to spend your Saturday night.

Eddie Rap Life

Starting with heavy metal samples right into a flurry of hard beats, Eddie Rap Life hit the stage, I liked how he continuously got right in the crowd's collective faces and had everyone feeling it. There were a few instances when I had trouble deciphering what he was talking about, but overall I thought he was very good. No fancy production, just samples & beats accented by steady rhymes. Eddie set the tone and had me looking forward to what's next.

Symmetry

Coming out of the green room like a bat out of hell, Symmetry came up next and totally slayed everything in sight. His energy and style is so infectious, you can't help but bob your head and wave your hands in the air. "Idiosyncratic", "She Asked", "Intrepid Approach", "Our Land" were part of a stellar performance that had people going wild and showing Symmetry at his best. It was my first time seeing him without a live band but it was great seeing Symmetry work a crowd by himself. He currently has a Kickstarter going on to raise funds to create a music video for "Bad Influence", a track off of his upcoming album Junky that'll be out in October. Please do what you can to support one of the most talented artists in The Ocean State.

Bukue One

Bukue One came up and he was very enigmatic in the sense that he started his performance by having special guest Kate Margos sing a song. He also had moments where he would talk like he was straight out of Jamaica and rapped on subjects that pertained to punching babies and girls from the ghetto. It was definitely unique, he got the crowd going and he had a lot of charisma. He did talk way to much in between his songs and it seemed like he was borrowing styles from other artists to pump up the crowd. To be honest, Symmetry should have went after this guy or Bukue shouldn't have even been on stage.

Del The Funky Homosapien

With a skateboard, a doo rag, hat and a pair on sunglasses, Del got on stage in front of a roaring crowd and started freestyling right away. He then went right into "At The Helm", "Virus", "Dr. Bombay" and "Pissin' On Your Steps". Lady Mecca from Digable Planets then joined Del on stage for "Nickel Bag Of Funk", "Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)", and "I Got You" that showcased Mecca's lovely skills on the mic. Del was then joined by Bukue One for "Get It Right Now" (This time Bukue was actually good) and Del took things back over on "Boo Boo Heads". "Things You Can Do", "Mistadabolina", a rendition of Luniz's "I Got 5 On It", "If You Must" and a version of Gorillaz's "Clint Eastwood" finished off a spectacular performance. It's Del, what did you expect? Del will be putting out the second rap opera as part of the hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030 with Dan The Automator and Kid Koala titled Deltron Event II in October. It should be one of the best hip-hop albums of the year and I can't wait to get my hands on it. The Met is always a great place to see a show, log on to themetri.com for everything you need to know about what's happening in Pawtucket.

 
 

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