Release Date: Oct 13, 2009
Record label: Gold Dust
Del the Funky Homosapien & Tame One :: Parallel Uni-VersesGold Dust Media/!K7Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon"Rap is the shit, graf' is the shitDJ's hippin you to this is the shitBreakin, poppin, all of it is the shitThe blues and jazz and R&B is the shitRock is the shit, our music is the shitOur whole history of creativity's the shitRewind the tape to the start, and then fast forwardAlways givin y'all more of it" The year of hip-hop superteams continues. We've already had the all-star Slaughterhouse team, the New York dynamic duo of KRS-One & Buckshot, the Brooklyn to Boston duo of Masta Ace & Edo.G among others, and at long last it's time for Del the Funky Homosapien and Tame One to take their turn. Wait...
While many will subject Parallel Uni-Verses to the usual in-depth scrutiny of Del the Funky Homosapien, it's not a fair way to approach this loose, casual album. For one, that would ignore Artifacts member Tame One's equal contribution to this evenly split effort, but first and foremost, Uni-Verses isn't designed to be a game changer. Instead, it's an attractively familiar and nostalgic album, one that brings reminders of the informal collaborations found on early Lyricist Lounge or Def Jux compilations.
Imagine the identity crisis of an underground MC. A chorus-heavy track by a big-name producer could risk landing you on the sellout side of the chalk-line. Too much talk of positivism will label you “preachy”, but if its all ho’s and tricks then you’re just “party rap” or “mainstream.” How does an underground MC have fun? On the collaborative release Parallel Uni-verses, two, well-established MC’s from the underground, Del the Funky Homosapien and Tame One, attempt to show us exactly how.