When this single came out, the FF hadn’t officially appeared on a record together since 1993’s Inner City Griots. Think about how much hip-hop changed in those intervening six years and it may as well felt like six decades. Seemingly out of nowhere, “Can You Find” dropped in and within about 3 seconds, Mikah 9 dashed any fears that the Fellowship might be a little rusty.
Maybe you had to be there to truly appreciate how many minds were blown when this came out but while the rest of hip-hop was in the throes of the jiggy era, this was like a cluster of warheads being set off. Still feels the same today.
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien: Eye Examination (Elektra, 1992, B-side of “Dr. Bombay”)
For those of us who first came across Del as either 1) Ice Cube’s weird cousin from Oakland or 2) another rapper heavy on that P-Funk tip, we weren’t expecting something like “Eye Examination.” But snuck onto the B-side of “Dr. Bombay,” this felt like the “real Del” stepping from outside of Cube and Sir Jinx’s tutelage to lay down his true persona. (And it was glorious).