Golden Era - Del the Funky Homosapien
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  • Summary: The Oakland, California-born rapper's latest album is the conclusion of a trilogy that included 2009's Funk Man and Automatic Statik.
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  1. Apr 26, 2011
    90
    Golden Era, the smartest, funniest, most urgent hip hop joint of '11 by far.
  2. Apr 26, 2011
    89
    Coming off the digital releases of Funk Man, and Automatik Statik comes Golden Era, the last third of the trilogy, which is, frankly, more of the same. But with Del, that's a good thing.
  3. Apr 26, 2011
    80
    Just two-and-a-half hours and 34 tracks (including two hidden bonuses at the end of the third disc) of solid rhyming and beatmaking, most of them excellent, some of them brilliant, a handful of them merely good. That's quite a batting average.
  4. Apr 26, 2011
    70
    Golden Era is hit or miss, but thankfully it's more of the former than the latter.
  5. Apr 29, 2011
    70
    Yes, the three discs of Golden Era are a zone of throwback pleasures. It's a chance to listen to one of rap's best voices run on, with breathless speed and breathtaking control, over the kind of effortlessly funky beats that sadly don't get much attention in certain quarters these days.
  6. Jul 13, 2011
    60
    Regardless of if you were hoping for more from Del in his latest offering, Golden Era is a good summer album and a reminder of all of the things you loved about hip-hop growing up.
  7. Apr 26, 2011
    58
    Del takes a trip down memory lane on Golden Era, but it's never as special or profound the second time around.

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  1. Jul 8, 2011
    10
    Del does it again. He continues to amaze with his mastery of complex rhyming schemes and how effortlessly he flows between multiple schemes in each track. The production is what we've come to expect from his last few albums: low-fi and heavy, but funky and fitting. With an genre currently filled with poor rhymes, bad beats, and even worse subject matter ("look how big my house is, how many blood diamonds I can plaster all over my body, and how much I can spend on a single pair of shoes.") I respect Del for doing nothing less than "keeping it real." Expand