Describing their new album Gate 13 as a “portal into something progressive, futuristic, and fun”, eminent hip-hop Del the Funky Homosapian and Amp Live have recorded 16 tracks and brought in collaborators such as Goapele, Eligh, Simi, Zyme, Adult Karate, Mr. Micro, and James Melo to make the album, out on 20th April, a mix of hip-hop, funk and electronica.
To prepare for the album, Del studied comedy and battle rap. “I’m trying to be more concise with my writing and my art in general. I told Amp about it, and he kind of showed me what his interpretation of that would be. When I heard it, I thought it was tight. I didn’t even know he was going to do it,” he says. “Del has been talking about doing more straightforward, aggressive writing,” adds Amp. “Everything that I was messing with kind of had the same theme,” he says of the tracks. “Even when I flipped them after, I tried to stay true to the original feeling.”
Wheel of fortune is the first track taken from the album, and it opens with this edgy beat, with Del’s flow suitably cool and insightful. As it unfurls, it gets pulled through a reggae trip, which increases the intensity, Del calling out his rivals, while demonstrating why they shouldn’t take him on.
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