The Week That Will Be in Hip-Hop
Del the Funky Homosapien: After dropping a pair of widely touted records at the turn of the decade (“Deltron 3030” and “Both Sides of the Brain”), inscrutable East Bay eccentric Del the Funky Homosapien went AWOL for most of the Bush years, only popping up to collaborate with the Gorillaz and his own Hieroglyphics crew. Since issuing last year’s “The 11th Hour” on Definitive Jux, Ice Cube’s cousin has stayed in the studio, recently giving away “Funkman (The Stimulus Package),” a 13-track album available for free download. With a canonized catalog dating back to the 1991 seminal underground opus “I Wish My Brother George Was Here,” the wily and weird veteran remains one of the genre’s most dependable live performers. Del the Funky Homosapien with Mike Relm at the House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd. 9 p.m. Friday. $17.50 to $20.
Clipse, Bobby Ray (B.o.B)., Pacific Division, Diz Gibran: Recently freed from an acrimonious relationship with Jive, Virginia coke-rap kingpins Clipse have re-located to Rick Rubin’s Columbia Records, with anticipation high for their third full-length record — the first not produced exclusively by the Neptunes. The Kanye West-featured first single, “Kinda Like a Big Deal,” has elicited breathless blogosphere buzz, and even their new bearded boss is said to have contributed a track to “Till the Casket Drops.” You can count on three things from the brothers Thornton: passionate performances, crisp cadence and enough snow allusions to make Robert Frost proud. On the under-card, Atlanta-based, Atlantic-signed Grand Hustle affiliate Bobby Ray (formerly known as B.o.B.) brings his “Love Below”-era Andre 3000 act to Club Nokia, along with the talent to possibly back it up. Pacific Division and Crooks and Castles poster child Diz Gibran rep for the home team with their retro but relevant beats and rhymes. Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., 8:30 p.m. Saturday. $17.50.
Foreign Exchange: On 2004’s “Connected,” Phonte (of North Carolina rap duo Little Brother) and Dutch producer Nicolay spawned one of the Internet era’s first success stories, creating a soulful debut album via instant messaging and e-mail — never meeting face-to-face until it was time to tour. Their latest, “Leave It All Behind,” finds the duo following their own titular advice, with Phonte switching gears to create mature R&B. While the raps on their sophomore effort may have been scarce, Foreign Exchange’s connection remained clear. Foreign Exchange at the Roxy, 9009 W. Sunset, Blvd. 10 p.m. Sunday. $20.
-- Jeff Weiss