Del has been a well-known figure in the rap game for years. He’s managed to maintain the same style while being involved in a number of different projects from Hiero to the Gorillaz. Yet with this new album, 11th Hour, it seems as if things have changed and not necessarily for the better.
The album starts off with a good track, “Raw Sewage.” You immediately see that Del is going for a more funk-laden approach. He’s changed his flow from being more laid back in delivery to being quicker and more direct without struggling to keep up with the beat. But it goes downhill from there unfortunately.
11th Hour suffers from lackluster production which makes almost every track sound alike when combined with Del’s revamped flow. It leans too hard on the synthesizer and misplaced choppy samples, at some points obscuring Del’s lyrics. That’s not to say that there aren’t decent tracks here. “Hold Your Hand” showcases Del’s magic for precise storytelling, and “Slam Dunk” does make your head nod as a throwback to classic Del joints like “No Need For Alarm”.
But those are few and far between on this project. Hopefully Del can rebound; recently he spoke about forming a group with Ladybug Mecca and Trugoy, so one can only hope that his next venture will be more solid than this one.
Listen to “Bubble Pop” from Eleventh Hour.
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