The title of this artist is often styled as Del Tha Funkee Homosapien. But make no mistake, there aren’t many rappers sharper than him.
Apart from being Ice Cube’s brother, Del’s affiliations are to the Hieroglyphics crew, which he founded.
“Catch A Bad One” is a cautionary tale not to mess with him, in classic 90s hip-hop style. The main melody is a very short and slowed down sample from a 1970 Eric Dolphy Jazz song called “Mrs. Parker of K.C. (Bird’s Mother)”, injecting a nice swung jazz feeling into the track.
This is augmented by a sub bass, which echoes the original double bass in the sample.
The lyrics are full of interesting wordplay and roll on from one line to the next, keeping the rhymes coming in fast.
The song was released on No Need For Alarm, released in 1993.