On The DL – Funky DL

During the late 1990s, few UK rap acts were heard on the radio airwaves as much as East London’s Funky DL. His early tracks – ‘Da Individual’ and ‘1-2-2-1’ – were supported by the likes of Westwood, Max ‘n’ Dave and DJ 279, helping Funky DL to quickly build up a strong following. Critics were quick to disparage DL for rapping in an American accent but few could question the quality of his producing skills. His use of mellow jazz samples led to comparisons being made between his style and that of respected US artists like A Tribe Called Quest and Pete Rock.