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The 50 Greatest Sophomore Albums in Hip-Hop History

35. Del the Funky Homosapien, No Need for Alarm (1993)

Label: Elektra

While Del snuck in some hints of what he had in store on the B-sides of his I Wish My Brother George Was Here singles, No Need for Alarm allowed him to showcase the complete Hieroglyphics sound, dropping in between Souls of Mischief's '93 Til Infinity and Casual's Fear Itself for a triple-pronged attack.

Utilizing obscure jazz and soul samples, Del returned with more venom as he decimated wack MCs ("Catch A Bad One"), let his crew get some shine ("No More Worries"), fired back at an unflattering Rolling Stone piece ("Check It Out"), and even created a mysterious alter-ego called Unicron ("Worldwide"). This is Unorthodox Oakland Rap at its finest.

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