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Both Sides of the Brain [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (18 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Groove Attack
  • ASIN: B00004RDYV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,747,200 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By A Customer on 6 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
"...not some phoney phranchise". On his first proper album since being dumped by Elektra, tha funkee homosapien demonstrates both his incredible flow and his growing confidence as a musician. Revelling in his new-found independence, he steps up the war those who are 'fake as f**k', deriding them for the lack of originality, and the contrast between those he rails against and Del's ability to rip it up on the mic is very evident. Yet going it alone seems to have increased his confidence, for he now produces the album, with a little help on six of the tracks, and the increased responsibility has led to him using more than just tape loops as his backing music. The meld of funked up jazz with his lyrical prowess has created a fresh, innovative, yet highly listenable CD. Standouts include 'Jaw Gymnastics', where Del and Casual come off with a seriously ill flow, and 'Offspring' with El-P of Company Flow, but although the album possibly sags towards the middle, every track is well worth a listen.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x952b4558) out of 5 stars 78 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x952c60f0) out of 5 stars Del is a crazy MC. 30 Nov. 2003
By Darius Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Despite what other may think, I believe Del is one of the finest MC's to touch a mic. There was a 1 star review on here that said Del rhyming is like "cat" and "hat" - your terribably mistaken. Del is far from that. His rhyming scheme is complex, and somehow he makes it flow very goood. You know who rhymes like "cat" and "hat" ? 50 cent. THAT is a simple rhyme scheme - hell, half the time he uses the same word to rhyme his words.
People say the production on this album sucks, because it sounds to "digitalised" or "futuristic" but I don't think so - or maybe I just like it. His beats are an aquired taste - that takes a few listens to get into them.
"Pet Peeves" is my favorite track on this album. The bassline is so dope - and overall it's just an intense track. I don't know who Del is dissin' - but whoever it was, del ripped him a new one. It's basically a 7 min diss song that goes through 3 phases. Totally insane. The EL-P produced track is also insane. El-P supplies a pretty basic beat, but the faded bassline is totally sick. Perfect beat to kick a freestyle on. "Catch All This" is a cool track, the beat is up-tempo and has a dance feeling. I like it a lot.
Anyways, not a whole lot to say.. just a great CD. If your new to Del, download the tracks I talked about to see if you like em - this isn't one of those CD's I would just jump out and by - because quite honestly, this CD gets mixed reviews from all types of people. So just sample it, then support the man by buying it (if you like it)
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x952c6144) out of 5 stars A Thorough Course Into Verbal Linguistics 25 Feb. 2001
By _ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is,by far,the best Del album to date.YOU are not a fan of hip hop,if YOU do not have this album in your hip hop collection.Del comes with raw rhymes and great unconventional hip-hop beats (some of which he produces himself)."I'm looney with language...this art form is truly endangered",Del says on the spitting "Jaw Gymnastics".He is truly in pure MC form,as his word connections carry you through seventeen linguistical experiences.The opening track,"Time Is Too Expensive",gets the listener ready to constantly rewind or skip back to songs and re-listen to verbal blurbs from Del.Like Ghostface Killah,Del has mastered the art of "breath control",pushing the limits of rhymes-per-air-taken-in.It amazes me how much Del is underrated as an artist.More importantly,Del finds ways to elevate the hip hop genre (who can forget past tunes like "Catch A Bad One"),staying away from the Rah Rah rap that plagues most of the California scene.Del directly addresses this issue on "Stay On Your Toes",saying "I know you're hungry pal...me too...I need food...but I don't re-do what he do...I'm lethal".One of the highlights on this album is the ode to video game life,"Proto Culture",which offers visual and reminiscent imagery about growing up in the game development culture.Khaos Unique also does a guest spot on this song,adding their gaming tidbits.El-P,from Company Flow,also appears on a tune with Del-- "Offspring",and definately commands the attention of the listener.One of the most catchiest songs and hooks for this album appears on "Skull and Crossbones".Del spits the lines,"Give me the keys...I'm ok...Quit telling me I'm drunk...I've only had five hurricanes",which will undoubtedly surface a few times in the listener's head!On "BM's",Del shows how good of a beat composer he has become.Del presents a very thumping and atmospheric sound,as he contemplates 'slowing down'."Phoney Phranchise" serves as the call to hip hop tune.Del ponders his verbal powers when he says,"Bench press rappers...doing sets...with my syntax".For a great laugh,one can't miss listening to "Soopa Feen",as Del talks about this guy,who interacts with some funny interventions.The head knodding underground hip hop purist will definately love "Press Rewind" (I would have loved to hear Ghostface spit over this one)!Del speaks with conviction,when he rips the line,"Who ever hearing this...Deltron Z be a lyricist...Fronting on your fake false appearances".You Can not contest that.......
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Aaron Creagh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
People writing reviews here are making me mad. People are speaking as if Del just showed up, when he's been making music since the early 90's. Get your facts straight before you post.

However..in my opinion, lyrically you can't do much better than this album. That's just it though..this album isn't for casual listeners. It's for people who are deeply into hip hop lyrics. The only thing that kind of threw me off from this album at first is the production of the beats. They fit Del, but they don't play well to a casual listener. Really listen to the lyrics of the first song Time is Too Expensive....tell me that ain't talent. And then listen to the rest of the album.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x952c63cc) out of 5 stars Both Sides of the Brain 11 Sept. 2001
By jazzy j - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Del is flat out one of the best mc's in hip hop period. After putting out 2 good albums with "no need for alarm" and "I wish my brother George was here", and the exceptional "future Development" (contains the very dope "del's nightmare") Del comes back on the scene with his 4th solo album, both sides of the brain. This is one of his best releases to date. Del's beats on both sides of the brain are very very fresh, complete with video game samples and all. El-p also lends a hand with the very dope "offspring" as both el-p and del go at it. Prince Paul also lends Del a dope beat on "signature Slogans", one of the highlights on the album. Other highlights include "BM's", a tribute to the herb man himself, bob marley. Domino lends some of the albums best production on "press rewind", and del and A plus advise commercial heads to underground heads to "stay on your toes", another highlight. This is one of the best underground hip hop albums of the year. If you want Del's best work check "deltron 3030" with automator and kid koala, one of the best hip hop releases to date. Get this one to.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x952c660c) out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing 2 Nov. 2004
By Sam Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Del is undoubtedly one of the greatest rappers in the game. His lyrics, wordplay, and delivery are all completely off the hook. Plus, the beats are pretty tight and refreshingly strange. I found myself wearing out the rewind button on my stereo when I first heard this album. Also, I am glad Del hasn't changed to try to claim success or anything. Still, its sad that garbage like 50 cent can go double platinum and rappers like Del and others can't enjoy commercial success. Its just a tragedy. The only flaw is that Del is cocky and sometimes pissed off about this trend, but I guess after 10+ years, he has a right to be somewhat bitter.
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