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Del The Funky Homosapien's 20th Anniversary Tour


Twenty years hardly seems enough time to cover every creative alias of Teren Delvon Jones, the funky Homo sapiens better known as Del. In 2001, at his 10-year mark, the Hieroglyphics vet and Handsome Boy Modeling School valedictorian went mainstream meta, lending his cartoonish flow to the Ghost Rapper, the sunshine-bagging, drummer-inhabiting drive-by victim dropping mocking verses on the self-titled debut by Damon Albarn's animated antiheroes Gorillaz. Silly/insidious singles "Clint Eastwood" and "Rock the House" drew graphic novelizations of Del's first decade, in which his loopy delivery became hip-hop shorthand stylized in a sonic Comic Sans: cousin Ice Cube's fresh heir in Da Lench Mob, the yearling solo artist on commencement addresses I Wish My Brother George Was Here and No Need For Alarm, and the frontman for Oakland, Calif.'s Hieroglyphics crew, the West Coast Tribe Called Quest. (First word "Mistadobalina" was "Bonita Applebum" rebroadcast on Pacific Standard Time.) In the year 2000, with help from former Handsome Boy/future Gorilla Dan the Automator, Del introduced Deltron 3030, a revolutionary Blade Rapper dystopia that bested Andre 3000 by five months (or three decades). The independent hip-hop world is still playing catch-up. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 day of show. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

April 5

Del The Funky Homosapien's 20th Anniversary Tour

9 p.m. Tuesday

The Parish at House of Blues, 229 Decatur St., 310-4999;

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