Del The Funky Homosapien & Tame One - Parallel Uni-Verses
One listen of Parallel Uni-verses captures that feeling that we had when we first met the culture. It
Hieroglyphics leader Del the Funkee Homosapien [click to read], and original Artifacts and Weathermen member Tame One [click to read] join bi-coastal forces to bring Hip Hop a throwback album. Filled with the type of lyricism that spurned both of their careers and a solid effort on the boards by New Jersey duo Parallel Thought, the collective constructed an album that is passionate, skillful and truly worthy of its name Parallel Uni-verses.
The album starts off with soulful production by Parallel Thought, who makes the most of this full length effort. Weaving between samples while bringing a true underground sound that compliments the emcees, Thought shines. By setting the tone from get go, Del and Tame, at times struggle to reach the bar. When they do, they clear it without effort. Both revert to spitting those conscious verses, with sporadic humor throughout that grabbed our attention 15 years ago. At times, they struggle to diversify their content, which can make it hard for the listener to differentiate between tracks due to the lack of variety. In same breath, that same struggle provides the album with a stability that is often unheard in today