“At the Helm” – Hieroglyphics feat. Del tha Funkee Homosapien

Rap ain’t about bustin’ caps and fuckin’ bitches

It’s about fluency with rhymin’ ingenuity

Some time ago I told you of my undying and unparalleled love of underground hip hop (particularly from the late ’90s through mid-’00s.  I’m working on bringing my realm of knowledge up to the present.)  I hadn’t returned to this topic because there are so  many fine examples to share that I didn’t know where to start.  The wonderful news is that I have finally made an executive decision so today we discuss Hieroglyphics.  I’m not sure how much “discussion” will be involved; I will extol this song’s virtues and you will agree with me.  I now rule this blog with an iron fist.  Well…just for today.  Maybe.  I mean, if that’s ok with you.

First I selected the artist(s).  I am in love with nearly the entire Hiero catalog so from there, choosing a standout for today was no easy task.  After much listening and head nodding I selected “At the Helm” as the lucky winner.

Hieroglyphics is a collective consisting of several rappers and producers who have also collaborated with many others over the years, so once you get to know these guys you find that there is a ton of new music to attempt to wrap your head around.  So much fun.  The collective’s founder and my personal favorite is Del tha Funkee Homosapien, the featured rapper on this track.  He is best known to the mainstream audience from his days working with Gorillaz.  Del has one of the most distinctive and skilled voices in the biz.

This song inspires me to get.  shit.  done.  Del’s lyrical mastery results in the ultimate pep talk.  The beat has a heavy feel that puts me in mind of trudging through muck, but with determination, because you know it’s necessary in order to get where you want to be.  The harpsichord is the intermittent flash of inspiration that keeps you on track.

How does this man do what he does?  I guess he must have taken his own good advice.  I strongly encourage you to really listen to these lyrics.  They are awe inspiringly intricate, and I believe that no matter what you’re striving for in life, you will find at least one phrase in this song that will make you rethink the way you’re approaching a challenge.  The one that really does it for me is, “Your defeatist attitude will get you nowhere fast.”  When we were kids we heard all the time that we can accomplish anything we set our minds to.  Now as adults, sources of encouragement are often few and far between.  With so many external obstacles and naysayers coming at us from all directions we sometimes need to be reminded that each one of us truly is the one responsible for our own path and happiness.

In summary: It’s hard to be inspiring without being cheesy.  Mission dopely accomplished.

~ by starcollecteur on October 18, 2012.

One Response to ““At the Helm” – Hieroglyphics feat. Del tha Funkee Homosapien”

  1. Very nice article and straight to the point.
    I am not sure if this is really the best place to ask but do you guys have any idea
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