This Unreleased Early 90s Del Feature Shows He Was Funky From The Start (Audio)
Producer/DJ Rob Flow, formerly DJ Robski of revolutionary-minded early ’90s Bay Area Hip-Hop group Freedom T.R.O.O.P. 187, recently posted a previously unreleased song of theirs featuring Oakland legend Del The Funky Homosapien. Besides Rob, the trio consisted of Adisa “The Bishop” Banjoko and the late Hi-Low. Banjoko is currently an author and founder of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation, an organization that helps educate at-risk youth through Hip-Hop, chess and martial arts training. Rob continues to make music and recently released a dope project called Cameo Flows with Leaders of the New School co-founder Dinco D.
The “What You Know Remix” is a super funky, straight-up ’90s throwback with dynamic production and dope conscious, yet casual flows — per Banjoko’s philosophy: “When Hip-Hop (even political Hip-Hop) stops being fun, it starts dying.”
According to a post he wrote on the H.H.C.F. blog, Banjoko gave Del his first ink in The Source, and his group the Hieroglyphics theirs, as well, in Rap Pages magazine. Although the T.R.O.O.P.’s surviving members do not agree on the exact year the song was recorded (Banjoko thinks ’92, while Rob claims ’94), it was sometime around the 1993 release of Del’s seminal No Need For Alarm album.