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Eleventh Hour

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The 2008 album from seminal Rapper, Hip Hop icon, and founding member of the mighty Hieroglyphics crew, Del Funky Homosapien. Hailing from Oakland, California, Del and his crew came out as a markedly non-gansta response to a burgeoning West Coast scene. This album ends a hiatus for Del, one of the world's most uniquely brilliant Rap artists. It is classic material, full of lyrical twists and turns, forthright yet deeply subtle and metaphorical in it's exploration of life in the Bay Area. Del helped set the standard for the new mold of MC/Hip Hop artist. In 1991, at the tender age of 17 his cousin Ice Cube hooked him up and he got into a deal with Elektra. At the beginning of the new millenium, Del worked with Dan the Automator and with the Gorillaz multi platinum first album (and on which he voiced the hit single, "Clint Eastwood").

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Co-honcho of the Bay Area's legendary Hieroglyphics collective, Del the Funky Homosapien (Teren Delvon Jones) boasts a hip-hop resume of indelibly cred-soaked pedigree. But Eleventh Hour, his largely self-produced fifth solo album--and first in eight years--lacks much of both the lyrical and instrumental verve of his best records. Committed mostly to slap-schticky attack-rap targeting one unspecified "you" or another, Eleventh Hour feels more like 1994's No Need for Alarm than Gorillaz' "Clint Eastwood," the iconic Deltron 3030, or he Funky Homosapien's seminal solo debut, I Wish My Brother George Was Here. Surprising turns of phrase and the occasional flair of free association remain, but these stylistic flourishes have been done so well and so many times before, not least by Del himself, that here it drops with far more familiarity than revelation. "Bubble Pop," "Foot Down," and "Str8t Up and Down" bounce with undeniable charisma, but Del's backing tracks often feel more like etudes than fully realized works. Of course, he's always been his revelatory freest when accompanied by brilliant others (da Lench Mob, Dan the Automator, Kid Koala, Damon Albarn), so if this is the sound of Del's Eleventh Hour, there may still be time for one more breathtaking collab. --Jason Kirk

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Raw Sewage
  2. Bubble Pop
  3. Back In the Chamber
  4. Slam Dunk
  5. Situations
  6. Naked Fonk
  7. Hold Your Hand
  8. Foot Down
  9. I'll Tell You
  10. Workin' It
  11. Last Hurrah
  12. Str8t Up And Down
  13. I Got You
  14. Funkyhomosapien


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Definitive Jux
  • ASIN: B0013FSV7U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,088 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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after waiting 7 years, i was expecting more. it's possible to listen to the album all the way through, so the music isn't horrible. but, you might prefer to listen to something else. del's flow seems to lack energy. the beats are just ok. gone are del's signature topical songs, where he is able to tell stories from the beginning to the end of a song. each and every song is about how mc's are wack except for him, and how people bother him in various ways. there are references to women in this album that do not seem befitting of a man in his mid-30's. there are a couple of highlight tracks. i, personally, like straight up and down. however, the album has a lazy feel to it. it isn't innovative like del usually is and can be. as a del fan from 1991, and after having waited 7 years for this album (i went to a concert in 2004 where del promised the soon release of 11th hour), this is not what i expected.
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By Corey on September 28, 2008
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I think people reviewed this too quick. After listening to this many times since its dropped, its just as good if not better than Del's first album. This is incredible. Smoke a beed to this, bump it load if you can. Album is really a banger if you ask me. Yeah its been 7 years but this album is much more cohesive than Both sides and really brings an album vibe like on No Need for Alarm. Love this album
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I have been a Del fan since I was a kid back in the early 90's and this is sadenning. This album really should have never been put out. Del's cadence is lazy and missing that old boost. It's almost like he needs big shot of adrenaline injected into the whole scheme of things. Just as some of the other reviews mentioned, the beats are very monotonous and just flat out lame. Tragic...
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I guess Del the Funky Homosapien decided to come out for a visit with his loyal fans that he's been neglecting for years now by putting of the release date of this album, although it is apparent why, because maybe he was just hoping that the horrid 2 second loops of noise that he calls a beat would make its return and be on the throne of glory, like it once was in the EARLY EIGHTIES. Ah yes, you can't really blame Del for trying something different and "edgy" in this album, but he did it in such a non-conformist style. He did it such a manner that he totally neglected all the good in hip hop and tried to form his own style of funk and rap. Bad boy, Del, bad boy.

I guess the album could really be summed up in one word, "Sloppy" because he never really establishes a message in any of his songs. It seems like all he did was go through a rhyming dictionary of all the insults he could think of and wrote it down. He still does a good job in presentation, however, as his flow is undoubtedly good, but it is nothing you can never really sing along with. These songs really just seem like they were rejected by Del in previous albums and he just decided to throw them all in this one.

You really can't say that this album is "bad" though, on the contrary, it is still above average. It really just depends where you set the bar, though. Many people are 1 star-ing this album mainly because Del has been quite successful over the years, and he really dropped the ball on this go around. Honestly what I'm getting at is this: if you have never heard of Del, then go to some of his other albums. Go on now. Move along, then. Nothing to see here.
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Del is getting a lot of flak for this album taking seven years to make. People were expecting epic things from this album, and the 11th Hour is far from epic.

That being said, this album has some tight cuts on it. The entire second half of the cd is amazing. His collabs with Khaos Unique and Lagybug Mecca are lyrically impeccable, and the production is totally solid. You can't mess with lines like these:

"I just come to bring you pleasure with funk, thats my forte, while others be sorbet"

"I spit some of this wickedness wisdom from, Oakland Cali, y'all slow pokes like broken athletes."

So is this Del's best album? Hell no! Personally I think his best album is Both Sides of the Brain (although he is amazing on everything he does with heiro). Still, this album is fantastic, minus a few throw away tracks. Worry not Del fans, he's still got the magic.
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Just bought it LOVE it...drop the pretentious bs and just sit back, bob your head, and enjoy it...Great hip-hop is so rare these days, and Del is GREAT.
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Lets just say i just picked this one off the shelf at my job. Looked like a real hip hop joint to me when it caught my eye. I gave it a shot and bought it. Got home popped it in the cd player. Don't get me wrong i've heard of Heiro and i gotta say i like their music. I also bought another cd from del and it was called "The Elektra Years Bboy Handbook". In my opinion i think "The Elektra Years Bboy Handbook" was alot better then eleventh hour. Eleventh hour has some real desprate tracks that didn't seem to appealing ,but compared to whats being play in the main stream id prefer eleventh hour, which is why i gave it a 3 which to me means an average. Overall im not saying the whole cd is wack not at all there are some desprate tracks but there are a few that are good others drag and as far as the message goes wasn't really gettin one... not bad tho its an OK cd.
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