photos by Sara Skolnick
DOWNLOAD: Del the Funky Homosapien - Get it Right Now (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Del the Funky Homosapien - Straight From The Big Bad West Coast
When the very good DJ Prince Paul came on, crowds gathered in front of the stage. His first number was the usual tribute to Michael Jackson, and then Prince, De La Soul, Brand Nubian, et al. followed. In addition to being a DJ, the Queens native Prince Paul is a crimefighter, an international man of mystery, and a well-known producer of lots of musicians you know well. He got the crowd moving and shaking; clearly, he's so good at this you feel he could do it in his sleep. Prince Paul is pretty funny, too.This past Sunday at the Williamsburg Waterfront (8/16) was not only the 2009 Pool Party with the most hip hop, but also the Pool Party with the most confusing band name spellings (Del tha? Del the? Funkee? Funky? Kenan? Keenan? !? !!? !!!? !!!!? DD/MM/YYYY?????). Sorry.
After Prince Paul left the stage, there were some technical glitches, but finally onstage came Buku One, or Bukue One - spelling of hip-hop performers is about as standard as colonial American English; we've seen Del the Funky Homosapien also as Del tha Funkee Homosapien - who, like Del, is from the Bay Area. He's worth catching up with if you're not familiar with him; his DJing exudes intelligence and wit...
...Del joined Bukue onstage, and he was great throughout his set...."How many of you think the music industry is fucked up and full of shit?" Del asked the crowd. "Are you tired of buying an album that has only three good songs?" Yeah, we are. Who's got the cure? The doctor in the house, Dr. Bombay, of course.
[DUMBO Books of Brooklyn]
Del has two new albums. The first, from which the two MP3's above come from, is called Funk Man (The Stimulus Package) and is totally free. The second is a collaboration with Tame One that was produced by Parallel Thought and is called Parallel Uni-Verses. It drops October 13th, 2009.
Prince Paul and Kenan Bell were both also seen three days earlier at the De La Soul show at Nokia Theatre. Gravy Train!!!! pictured above was the best visual candy of the day. More pictures below...
Del the Funky Homosapien