The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) is returning to Portland on September 27th and 28th for another highly informative and enlightening conference. The guest speakers that Alex Rogers and his ICBC crew put together always cover important and current topics on the industry and feature great keynote speakers that bring interesting perspectives and information for the attendees. The featured Keynote speaker for the Portland event is U.S. Senator from Oregon Jeff Merkley.
And though they create some of the best content of any conferences on cannabis in the world, they know how to party, as well. Their choice in entertainers has always led to great after parties and they have many times featured hip hop artist Del The Funky Homosapien.
We had a chance to speak on the phone with Del about his music and his support of cannabis as he was recovering from a life-threatening fall he took at a performance in Denmark on July 7th. The accident happened after he had just started his rap for the band Gorillaz’s closing performance of the song “Clint Eastwood” at the Roskilde Festival when he slipped off the stage and fell, hard. The fall broke seven ribs and punctured his lungs forcing him to spend a few weeks there recovering.
Del grew up Teren Delvon Jones in East Oakland, California, during the heydays of hip hop and rap. Cousin to rapper Ice Cube, who assisted him in his early career, Del quickly found his own style and within a few years drifted away from the highly produced hip hop style that was prevalent. He began creating a more raw and funky sound that suited his own personality.
“At the time it was just a style, I guess, to be hella scientific,” explained Del on the origins of his unusual stage name and his musical influences. “I was a big fan of Ultramagnetic MCs … and I was into funk since I was a kid.”
His music is different and he brings that raw and direct style with transformative beats and rhythms that are unique and creative. He produces a modern funk-rap sound that is engaging and enjoyable with articulate lyrics. His recent collaboration with producer Amp Live on the album Gate 13 resulted in an awesome album that truly blends the incredible beats and rhythms of Amp Live with Del’s warm voice and stylish lyrics. Visit his website at https://www.delhiero.com/.
Del’s ongoing collaboration with ICBC and Alex Rogers, the conference promoter, has been enjoyable for him, and enlightening. Unable to remember the exact circumstance, he said he met Rogers while doing small shows, probably in the Bay Area.
“It was local little shows I was doing,” explained Del. “And somehow I met him through that … and we just became kinda cool after that.”
Del likes doing the shows for ICBC and the people that attend, explaining that it’s a lot less stressful than a typical performance.
“It’s loose, you know what I mean. It’s low pressure,” Del explained. “They’re kinda there to have fun and not to critique … they are just coming there to have a good time.”
Del said he really likes the overall atmosphere at cannabis events. The atmosphere is relaxed.
“I like the vibe, too, you know what I’m sayin’ … I like that vibe in general,” he explained.
Though not a marijuana smoker particularly, Del has become a huge fan of Cannabidiol, better known as CBD. The beneficial effect for so many inspired him and he has endorsed its use fully. He smokes CBD but has not regularly smoked marijuana for a long time because he found it made him a bit paranoid. He does, however, enjoy edibles on occasion.
Alex Rogers of ICBC has really enjoyed having Del perform at the ICBC events. He feels his style fits well with the conferences and their educational theme.
“I have been friends will Del for almost 25 years,” explained Rogers. “He is one of the most talented an conscious rappers out there.”
“The ICBC is proud to bring some old school culture to our mix and give folks the opportunity to experience something special that they might not otherwise be able to.”
The ICBC comes back to Portland on September 27th and 28th. The good news is that Del The Funky Homosapien will be there, along with DJ Mugs from Cypress Hill, to entertain attendees during the after party. Visit their website for more information on the event at https://internationalcbc.com/portland-home/.
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