Del The Funky Homosapien on His Favorite Old-School Rappers, New Album Attractive Sin, and His Very First Live Show

It's a weekday afternoon, and Del the Funky Homosapien's mom has just left his house. She was passing through to pick up an iPod the rapper had bought for her — but left empty-handed, as she wasn't confident about being able to use Apple's dinky little music player. “She's gonna come back in a couple of days and I'll show her how to use it,” he says. “I'm trying to convince her it's really simple to use.”

In the meantime, Del has a new album out this week to promote. Entitled Attractive Sin, the project was cut with East Coast production unit Parallel Thought, and has Del twisting his malleable flow all around tracks that are heavy on the horn samples. Before he snapped back into parental tech-support mode, we recently chatted it up with Del about random matters like his first ever rap performance at a roller rink, the influence of Kool Keith, and why he's not an Angry Birds fan.

What's your advice for teaching an older person how to use an iPod?

Hop in and try to use it. A lot of times when I'm trying to use a device like these, I'm over thinking it. Then I'll realize, “Oh, it's that easy?” It might take me a few days to realize like I'm doing too much; it's very basic, turn it on and that's damn near it. Turn it on, pick it up, point your songs at it.

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