Del The Funky Homosapien and Tame One – Parallel Uni-Verses

January 01, 1970

(Gold Dust)

Recent collaborations between hip-hop veterans have not
always been successful. KRS-One and Buckshot recently teamed up for Survival Skills, an album that only
served to showcase how incredibly exciting and prolific these two MC’s used to be. In light of this, it’s nice
to hear how good Del The Funky Homosapien and Tame One sound on their recent
team-up, Parallel Uni-Verses. Both
have been around since the early ‘90s. Del
hails from the Bay Area, and in addition to appearing on Gorillaz’ hit single
“Clint Eastwood,” is part of Hieroglyphics, one of the most successful
independent crews in hip-hop. Tame One came up in New Jersey as part of the Artifacts and has
been a member of the Weathermen and Leak Brothers.


Admittedly, Del
and Tame’s rhymes wouldn’t sound quite as good if it weren’t for production duo
Parallel Thought’s beats. They twist eerie rock breaks (“The Franchise”) and
old funk loops (“Flashback”) alike into compelling tapestries of boom-bap, the
perfect canvas for any capable MC. And Del
and Tame are more than capable. Del’s
flow is sort of lackadaisical and psychedelic, reeking of years and years of blunt
smoke, acid tabs, and video games. Tame is gruff, more belligerent, but still
thoughtfully mixing metaphors and pop culture references into a forceful train
of grimy thought.


But the two styles sound right at home together over the
course of the album, which holds together thematically and sonically over the
course of its 50 minutes – that alone is a great feat in this age of disjointed
hip-hop singles and records heavy on filler. “I cut up my lungs, fucking with
suns with gravitational pull shit, bullshit till I’m done,” exclaims Tame on
“I’m A…” This just about sums it up.


Standout Tracks: “I’m
A…,” “Flashback” JONAH FLICKER


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