Last Wednesday evening (June 22, 2011) Madison music fans knew that it was going to be worth piling into the Majestic Theatre to catch Del The Funky Homosapien do his thing backed by a full band. Forgetting that it was a weeknight, locals went pound for pound with the hip hop legend’s party/performance.
Read on for the rest of the concert review by Kyle Kohl, and check out a fantastic set of live concert photos from Bryan Gladding…
Del and company opened up with the iconic Hieroglyphics track, “At the Helm,” and moved right into a hauntingly futuristic rendition of “Virus” from Deltron 3030, a project whose songbook Del rarely attempts to perform in a live setting.
He chiseled away at crowd favorites from every one of his many projects, backed by his electrifying live band. With a bass player jumping around a la Sid Vicious and Bukue One hopping right into the crowd, it was no surprise Del would often end songs laying on the floor of the stage; keeping up with his sonically and acrobatically astounding band must have been exhausting.
At one point, Del cleverly dedicated his famous musical f-you, “Mistadobalina” to our governor. With a touch of venom, the old school jam got an ultra-high response from the crowd, and sounded extra special paired with Del’s charming passion.
Throughout the bliss of an hour long set, it was awe-inspiring to see a legend of hip-hop transform concert into a party the likes of which Madison had never seen before. Sporting bug-eyed sunglasses and a head wrapped in a huge rag, Del brought so much more than typical rap game to the Majestic. Forget about mics being too quiet for obscenely loud bass, and fake rappers who require eight sidekicks on stage to finish their lines. Del proved that he is still is the realest rapper alive and raised hell all night long.
His bragging rights were again redeemed when he displayed his freestyling skills. Del championed his way through over six minutes of wordplay accompanied by the Bukue One.
With seemingly nothing left to surprise us with after the smash, “If You Must,” the magical, Deltron pulled yet another trick from his bag and went into a ten minute funk-jam session. The group took a page out of Phish’s playbook as keyboard and slap bass solos, and tons of synchronized riffing filled the air. Del preceded the jam with a sermon about how funk has left hip-hop even though it was founded on it, proving Del to be one of the only purists left in the hip-hop culture.
Then Madison got another hysteria-inducing treat as Deltron closed up shop with Gorillaz’s smash hit “Clint Eastwood.” So amazing were the extra verses on the monumental rendition that ending the show encore-less hardly seemed like an issue.
DEL THE FUNKY HOMOSAPIEN
with BUKUE ONE, SERENDIPITY PROJECT and THE FALL GUYS
All photos © Copyright 2011 Bryan Gladding
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