Del The Funky Homosapien, Both Sides Of The Brain
Major label refugee finds his voice and his footing on his crew's indie imprint
If you only know Ice Cube's little cousin from his glorious fluke "Mistadobalina" or his Gorillaz guest toon-in', you've never quite heard Del in his element: floating casual, polysyllabic ridicule against trivial rivals who aren't "phat/ they're flabby" over funky electroburble (mostly self-produced). He kindly advises proper bodily hygiene ("or else you'll be fun-kee") on "If You Must," discusses his interests on "Proto Culture" (video games) and "BMs" (weed), and for added nerd cred, he drops a Battlestar Galactica namecheck from back before Cylons had boobs. As the man says, "Don't hate/ Felicitate."