I’m proud to present to you, the latest installment in a sequence of mixes exploring the musical contexts of classic hip hop recordings by mixing them in with the original samples: Del tha Funkee Homosapien’s I Wish My Brother George Was Here from 1991. While AllMusic writes about Del’s debut, “Del helped lay the foundation for what would become California’s thriving underground scene with his seminal debut, I Wish My Brother George Was Here…tak(ing) the Parliament/Funkadelic-derived G-funk sound popularized by NWA and spins it into exciting new directions, replacing gangsta rap’s nihilism with a healthy sense of the absurd…Del has accomplished much since the release of Brother George…but nothing he’s done since has quite matched the charm, fun, and sheer exuberance of his stellar debut.” Adversely, Wikipedia claims, “As a whole, the hip-hop community had mixed feelings about I.W.M.B.G.W.H. Some felt it to be just too corny, while others thought it the ‘flyest shit out there’. Del, not pleased with the album himself, took matters into his own hands.” Regardless, I’ve always considered it a classic at it has cemented itself deep in the hearts of both funketeers and hip hop heads over the last two decades.
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