No Need For Alarm (2xLP)Del Tha Funkee Homosapien
After breaking out of the Bay Area underground scene in the early 90s Del The Funky Homosapien made a radical turn with his sophomore release, 93s No Need For Alarm. Casting aside the familiar G-funk vibe of his debut, perhaps as No Need was produced without the involvement of his cousin Ice Cube, he moved into a jazzier – some would say more East Coast direction on this project. The verbal content on No Need shifted as well, moving away from comic interludes and towards a focus on battle raps. No Need For Alarm was produced with his Oakland based Hieroglyphics Crew with Domino, A-Plus and Casual all contributing beats making the record one of the three Hiero Golden Age releases (along with Souls of Mischiefs 93 til Infinity and Casuals Fear Itself). Though some critics are harsh on No Need For Alarm and claim its not as strong an effort as Dels debut, many disagree and see this release as being the first where Del really stood out. Regardless of which side of the fence one falls on that topic, its without doubt that No Need For Alarm has stood the test of time and remains a challenging and uncompromising follow up from one of the most talented and eccentrically gifted artists to to ever emerge from the world of west coast hip hop.