DVD REVIEW: Del The Funky Homosapien

The 11th Hour

Artist: Del The Funky Homosapien

DVD: The 11th Hour

Label: Hieroglyphics Imperium

Score: 7.5 / 10

Reviewer: Nick D

Many consider Del The Funky Homosapien to be one of the most important rappers of the past decade or so. In charge of stellar album after stellar album, this unique MC is (in some views) one of those responsible for bringing the NY lyrical style to California, honing it, and, consequently, paving the way for left-coast lyricists such as Ras Kass, etc.

After years in the game and over 3 million records sold, one may wonder what makes this legendary alternative rapper tick. With the arrival of the new €œThe 11th Hour DVD, € the viewer is treated to an inside view of the Funky Homosapien €™s lifestyle and psyche. While the information-packed DVD is certainly perfect for any Del devotee, there is some question as to whether or not the film caters to the average viewer.

The film begins with stage footage of the song €˜Ahonetwo, Ahonetwo €™ followed by a brief Del introduction written in a comic book-esque style. Both the concert footage and the introduction, however, are extremely lackluster and, thereby, neutralize every last bit of excitement and expectation the viewer has coming into the film. The blasé concert footage continues throughout the film, but it is staggered with relevant, revealing, and entertaining scenes that provide insight into Del €™s personality while rekindling the interest of the viewer.

The viewer watches as Del goes to the grocery store, chats with his mother in his humble residence, and visits the world famous Wake Up Show with his Hiero cohorts, all the while speaking candidly of a particular female who (paraphrasing Del) has ruined his life. These scenes help the viewer relate to the legend as, in his personal life, he is definitely no different than the average person. At the same time, it also adds to the viewers fascination and awe as the viewer is left wondering how a person that is so normal in one sphere of life can be so brilliant in another.

The question is, of course, answered as Del is shown conceptualizing his €œ11th Hour € album, speaking on his desire to improve both his life and his career, shedding light on the recording process, and (most notably) describing his newfound love of musical theory. It is after watching these scenes that the viewer is able to fully understand the genius that is Del The Funky Homosapien. It is in constantly striving to better himself, his career choice, and his style that Del is able to stay on the cutting edge. Not wanting to become complacent, Del shows his supreme foresight in wanting to continually sharpen his skills before they become dull. Although this DVD only concerns one album, it can be safely assumed that Del has put the same type of effort into each of his successful albums. Other MC s should take notes from this renowned veteran.

If the viewer can weed through the fairly lame concert and very basic intro, he or she will find an interesting and worthwhile film chockfull of intriguing and worthwhile Del the Funky Homosapien quirkiness.

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