Welcome to my attempt to reclaim the phrase “That’s my jam!” from those who treat music like the latest trendy fashion accessory.
“Mistadoblina, Mista Bob Dobalina.” Del’s trippy cut was a love-at-first-sound kind of thing for me, listening to a promo copy from my alma mater’s radio station back in the early 1990s. It was a great time for hip-hop, and not just party rap or gangsta. Plenty of serious minds – De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Das EFX, etc. – were making soul-expanding music at that time and getting mainstream exposure. Del never was a hit in middle America – at least not until his brief time as one of the Gorillaz – but for all you true hip-hop heads out there, this is one to feast on.