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Del Tha Funkee Homosapien w/Bukue One, The Difference Machine + MORE TBA - hip hop
Asheville Music Hall
Asheville, NC
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Del Tha Funkee Homosapien w/Bukue One, The Difference Machine + MORE TBA - hip hop
Genre: HIP HOP
Cover: $10adv. / $14d.o.s.
Ages: 21+
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Lodged into the hip-hop scene in 1990, Del started off his professional mceeing career writing lyrics for his cousin Ice Cube's crew, The Lench Mob at the age of 18. After he had his share of contributing to other people's albums, Del felt it necessary to go off and do his own thing. With the help of cousin Ice Cube, Del put out his first album in 1991 on the Elektra Recording Group entitled, "I Wish My Brother George Was Here".

The album was met with critical acclaim, obtaining radio and video play nationwide. Yet, his cousin's influence on the album was profound. As a whole, the hip-hop community had mixed feelings about I.W.M.B.G.W.H. Some felt it to be just too corny, while others thought it the flyest shit out there. Yet, there was no denying Del had lyrical talent just waiting to bubble up. However, his obvious Parliament/Funkadelic-inspired beats (Courtesy cousin, Ice Cube), did seem a bit played. Del, not pleased with the album himself, took matters into his own hands, and completely severed his relationship with Ice Cube for his next album, No Need For Alarm (Dec., 1994).

"I [took] matters into my own hands, me and Hieroglyphics, you know what I'm sayin'?", states Del. No Need represented the independence Del sorely needed to express his creativity. In addition, we saw the emergence of Del's highly touted crew, Hieroglyphics, now consisting of members Souls of Mischief, Casual, Pep Love & JBiz (Now The Prose), manager and producer Domino and former Hiero member Snupe of Extra Prolific. Tracks such as "No More Worries" summoned the lyrical prowess of the Hiero crew in a torrential downfall. Around the same time, Del's protégés Souls of Mischief were rockin' heads with their debut album 93 Til Infinity. Hieroglyphics had profoundly etched themselves as a force to be reckoned with within the hip hop community.

No Need was Del's order to all wack emcees to step down from the mic. The album was a complete turn around from his previous effort, bringing forth darker and much harder beats, as well as a vastly original lyrical flare which we had a taste of two years prior on his b-side, "Eye Examination". Although the album did not live up to the expectations of Elektra Records, Del fans worldwide began to bond together and were soon evolving into a tribe of Hiero Heads.

Without any kind of prior notification, Elektra had sent Del a letter stating his contract's termination. Del was dropped from his label merely month's before his new album, "Future Development" was about to drop. Since then, we have seen the alliance of the Hiero Crew as a complete and independent whole, and an even more so centralized force, worldwide.


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Skating since 1987, graff writing since 1991. Bowling, business handling, speed scrabble all came in the 90's :) For a short period in the early 90's the parallel worlds of hip-hop and skating went askew and converged. At the time both were still perceived by the mainstream as antisocial behaviors and temporary fads. Hip-hop was not "real music." Skating was not a "real sport."

In 2006, these perceptions couldn't be further from the truth, as both disciplines have become fully integrated into the mainstream consciousness, not to mention multi-billion dollar industries. Somewhere along the way their paths diverged and these days they have few intersections even though they remain brothers in spirit. Yet there are some who walk among us that remember those days when hip-hop was an integral part of skating.

Tion Torrence, aka Bukue One, is a product of that confluence of underground currents. In Bukue's hip-hop dictionary, there are 5 elements: rapping, djing, breaking, graffiti, and skate boarding. Intromission is the extraordinary album of a true Bay Area original, who in a single leap can pull a 360 kickflip, throw up a graffiti burner, and spit a tight verse. Bukue One grew up straddling the border between Berkeley and Oakland, California. The dichotomy of the leftist college town and the gritty streets of The Town manifested itself musically in Bukue from an early age. "I watched early skate videos that featured music from punk bands like Bad Religion and Black Flag, but my friends were listening to NWA and Run DMC."

He was also surrounded by music courtesy of his father, who was a backup singer for Marvin Gaye's touring band. Being a somewhat naïve preteen, he didn't see any contradiction in listening to such dissimilar genres. Living in the East Bay instilled a political consciousness in Bukue from a young age; his parents were both active members of the Black Panther party. So by the time Bukue was entering his late teenage years, he was socially conscious, a talented skater, and a renowned graffiti artist. His love of hip-hop had yet to translate into making music however.

Bukue's entry to the hip-hop game came in the form of a live event production company, whose goal was to merge his love of skating and hip-hop. In 1998 Bukue's company, Urban Productions, organized a 4 day hip-hop/action sports festival in San Francisco featuring an a-list of artists, b-boy crews, djs, and skaters such as The Hieroglyphics, Artifacts, Style Elements, Rock Steady Crew, Shortkut, Apollo.Pro, Mike Carroll, Henry Sanchez, and Mike York. Afterwards, Bukue expanded his business into a record label and tour management firm. En route to Australia as tour manager for Aceylone, the hip-hop muse struck Bukue, resulting in "4 Tha Graff Heads", an ode to graffiti culture. As luck would have it, the art of graffiti was in vogue Down Under, and Bukue had a minor hit on his hands. Bukue saw that he could combine his business skill, hustle, and passions to make a sold living; a philosophy come lifestyle that he has practiced to this day.


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Asheville Music Hall
31 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
United States

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Music > Hip Hop & Rap

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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