“Self-determination, I decide who I wanna be, as long as I’m alive and I breathe then I won’t believe these universal lies that I’m only an accessory, just a commodity to another man’s necessity…” – Funky DL (taken from the lead track “Autonomic”) ‘
The above four bar quote best encapsulates the lyrical theme of Funky DL’s brand new album “AUTONOMY: The 4th Quarter 2”. As unquestionably one of the UK‘s most prolific Hip-Hop artists, Funky DL drops his first studio album since 2012 and the double-threat Producer and MC from East London takes the listener on a creative musical journey through rugged and authentic beats, jazzy grooves, soulful rhythms and atmospheric vibes; whilst lyrically expressing the long-player’s theme of “self-determination”. The format of the album follows a ride on a subway train (as depicted by the artwork) where each new station arrival glues the album together with subway-announcer-esque interludes. AUTONOMY showcases DL’s ever-evolving lyrical ability, highlighted in his storytelling on the track “Judas”, where DL discusses of the pitfalls of a drug dealer. All in all, this album truly demonstrates both the musical and lyrical maturity a Hip-Hop artist acquires when they dig deep and put nothing but their heart and soul into their art. Be prepared for a powerful and insightful tour into the mind of DL’s audio wizardry and the lyrical “food for thought” this album intends to deliver to each and every listener…
About Funky DL
After emerging into the Hip-Hop game with his debut album “Classic Was The Day” back in 1997, Funky DL has gone on to become one of the UK’s most prolific artists. With a legendary status touring Japan as a master of Jazz and Hip-Hop, DL has independently released a slew of solid albums under his self-run label Washington Classics, Remixing for Missy Elliot and Keith Sweat as well as tour support for Eminem, Destiny’s Child and The Roots. From sharing the mic with Nas and Pete Rock in live radio freestyle sessions to reworking entire albums such as Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black” and Nas’ catalogue, DL has proven he is as capable on the boards as he is on the mic. His music collaborations with the Late Nujabes are highly revered worldwide and his self-owned audio inventory is a huge library reflecting the work ethic he has carried over so many years.