Del The Funky Homosapien & Amp Live Form A Duo. They Did Not Come To Play. (Video)

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This month, Oakland, California’s Del announced the collaborative project with renowned producer/musician, Amp Live (formerly of Zion I). It represents a merging of two very meaningful Hip-Hop artists, especially to the Bay Area. The duo’s debut album, Gate 13 is due to drop on April 20, and they teased its arrival with the lead single, “Wheel Of Fortune.”

The new LP has kicked off a journey of self-discovery for the Hieroglyphics MC, and this project will serve as a personal reinvention, stemming from watching Battle Rap and studying the principles of Comedy, according to a recent interview on HipHopDX.

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“Wheel Of Fortune” exemplifies both the Comedy and the battle bars elements as D-E-L goes for the jugular while still keeping with his humorous and laid-back personality that his fans have come to love. The veteran MC’s subdued, yet highly enunciated flow balances the energy of the manic and plucky production. A Reggae-inspired segue gives Amp Live a minute to shine alone while Del gathers strength for his next delivery. Beyond his work with Zion and Unified Highway, Amp has provided official Radiohead remixes, in addition to work for Eligh and Goapele, both of whom feature on Gate 13.

With lines like, “Get them slapped so tough / Their IQ grew-some,” and “Detached without a body / Like a bat defiled by Ozzy,” delivered in the Funky Homosapien’s melodic, it’s like being transported back to the ‘90s with the sensibilities of today.

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Ambrosia For Heads premieres the video for “Wheel Of Fortune.” Directed by Spencer Groshong, the visuals perfectly pace the vibe of the track with color blocking layers and amicable simplicity.

Keeping with the theme of expert timing, Gate 13 will release on the heels of Deltron 3030 collaborator Dan The Automator’s Dr. Octagon revival with Kool Keith and DJ Qbert. Their album, Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation is set to drop on April 6.

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Del and Amp will be hosting their Gate 13 record release party on April 20 in Berkeley, California at Cornerstone.