Del the Funky Homosapien

Del the Funky Homosapien

RICHIE CUNNING with DJ Bad DJ, Prozack Turner, Pure Power

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$17.00

This event is 21 and over

Del the Funky Homosapien
Del the Funky Homosapien
Hailing from Oakland, California, Del and his crew, the Hieroglyphics came out as a markedly non-gangster response to a burgeoning West Coast scene. After being put on at the tender age of 17 by his cousin Ice Cube, Del released two records on Elektra, I Wish My Brother George Was Here (1991) and No Need For Alarm (1993). Despite record sales in the hundreds of thousands, he recorded a third album, Future Development, which was never commercially released. Del parted with Elektra and started work on the Hieroglyphics..family album, 3rd Eye Vision (Hiero Imperium, 1998). Hiero went on the road and toured incessantly in support of the album for much of 1998. Del also spent a good portion of his time drawing, practicing Japanese, and playing mass amounts of video games. Finally ready to unleash a new record on the world, Del comes with BOTH SIDES OF THE BRAIN. Seventeen tracks of pure Del. He says of his work on this album: .."I've had complete control". At times, Del has felt restrained by the formulas in hip hop and the expectations fans place upon emcees who have had hits. I wish that I had the same freedom that someone like Bjork has when she puts out an album..Apart from collaborations with PrincePaul, El-P (Company Flow), and help from a few of his Hiero cohorts (A-plus, Casual, Domino) Del handled the majority of production on this album. By staying true to himself, Del has earned legions of adoring fans. He may have said it best in his classic, Mistadobalina when he declared all in the mind and the heart.
Prozack Turner
Prozack Turner is one of the founders of legendary hip hop crew Foreign Legion. A California native and promoter of the culture in the bay area, he has been globetrotting with microphone in hand from the pubs in Dublin, the music festivals in Germany and Australia, all the way back home to Oakland California. Whether it’s with his crew, consisting of Dj Design and Marc Stretch of Foreign Legion, or stepping on stage as a solo artist, Turner commands the crowd like few can do, emceeing the party and giving all that he has every time. Going on after Prozack Turner is a hard job for anyone. Previously signed to Dreamworks records and sharing the studio with J.Dilla, Madlib, Pete Rock and Organized Noize, Turner crafted his sound with the most revered producers in the history of the genre and continues to carve his legacy in hip hop.

Born in San Jose and “coming up” in Oakland during the late nineties/early 2000’s, Turner had immediate success releasing the classic hip hop album “Kidnapper Van” with Foreign Legion. The first single “Overnight Success/Full Time B-Boy” on ABB records (Dilated Peoples, Little Brother) sold over twenty thousand copies of the vinyl independently and catapulted the crew into the limelight, catching the attention of Beastie Boy Mike D who began courting the group to sign to his now defunct Grand Royal records. Turner ended up signing a solo record deal with another label called DreamWorks and went on to record “Death, Taxes and Prozack” with A-list production by some of the biggest names in the business. (J Dilla, Pete Rock, Organized Noize, Madlib, and Alchemist to name a few.) Unfortunately, the label folded before the album saw the light of day, but Turner persisted. “If you’re going through hell keep on going, remember that, you got a broken heart somebody got a broken back.” he laments on “How Does It Feel” with Foreign Legion. Picking up the pieces he flew to Ireland and locked himself in a studio with beats, a notebook and and a sharpie. Two months later, he released “Bangathon”(2005) featuring Brother Ali, Jake One(Rhymesayers) and Oh No (Stones Throw Records) and was back on the road touring sold out shows in Europe. Nothing succeeds like success.

In 2009 opened The Layover bar in Oakland with a few partners and with the success of that endeavor, was able to open a second venue, The Legionnaire saloon in 2013. “I’ve always been about enriching the culture, either with my own music or sharing the music of others in my community, and opening a venue achieves that” he states. “I can give other musicians jobs now!”

Turner is currently preparing his sixth studio release in August of 2017 with a new album, “Not Everybody Sleeps At Night”, featuring production by G Koop ( I Got The Keys, Funkadelic, Atmosphere),Jake One,(Rhymesayers),Oh No (Stones Throw)and featuring Guilty Simpson(Stones Throw), Brother Ali and Casual of Hieroglyphics. Working tirelessly in the studio in nocturnal blocks writing, producing and recording as well as filming four new videos for the new projects, Turner is set for another successful step in the "never ending climb to more climbing” as he puts it. “This music isn’t necessarily what I do, as much as who I am.”

“I didn’t seek out hip hop, but answered when she called” he rhymes on the title track of the forthcoming album “Not Everybody Sleeps At Night”, featuring production by G Koop (Funkadelic/Parliament/"I Got The Keys”) and Jake One of Rhymesayers Entertainment. “The great thing about being a songwriter is that life keeps giving you all of this experience to share with the world”. The lead single/video, “Obsession” drops in early June 2017.
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/

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