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Homeboy Sandman

Homeboy Sandman
Homeboy Sandman 2009
Background information
Birth name Angel Del Villar II
Also known as Homeboy Sandman
Born (1980-09-24) September 24, 1980 (age 33)
Origin Queens, New York, USA
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2007–present
Labels Stones Throw

Angel Del Villar II (born September 24, 1980), better known by his stage name Homeboy Sandman, is a rapper and musician from Elmhurst, Queens, New York.


Homeboy Sandman grew up in New York City and attended boarding school at New Hampshire’s Holderness School (part of New York City’s Prep For Prep 9 program). He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently enrolled in law school at Hofstra University. He withdrew from law school during his third year to pursue his career as an MC.


Homeboy Sandman recorded and released his first EP, Nourishment, in March 2007. His debut full length album, entitled Nourishment (Second Helpings), was released in August 2007. In early 2008 Homeboy Sandman's work began to be featured on underground radio programs the Squeeze Radio Show on WKCR 89.9 FM and the Halftime Radio Program on WNYU 89.1 FM in New York. In June 2008 he was featured in Source Magazine's "Unsigned Hype" column.[1]

His second album, Actual Factual Pterodactyl was acclaimed upon its release in August 2008. The album received an entry in XXL Magazine's Chairman's Choice column, which praised Homeboy Sandman's "sharp lyrics and irresistibly melodic flow, which, together, form an elastic instrument few MCs can match."[2] Actual Factual Pterodactyl received critical acclaim in a multitude of other print and online publications, including Blender Magazine, Beyond Race Magazine, and[3] At the end of 2008, Homeboy Sandman was named "Best Hip Hop Act in NYC 2008" by New York Press.[4] Recently his music has received rotation on NYC's Power 105.1 FM and Hot 97.1 FM, the city's #1 Hip Hop and R&B radio station, as well as airplay on Spitkicker Radio (Channel 65 on XM Satellite Radio), DJ Premier's "Live From HeadQCourterz" (Sirius Satellite Radio's #1 ranked Hip Hop show) and BBC 1Xtra's Hip Hop M1X (Hosted by DJ Sarah Love).

In addition to his studio releases, Homeboy Sandman has garnered attention for his live performances. From January 2008 to August 2009, Homeboy Sandman served as the host of “ALL THAT! Hip Hop, Poetry and Jazz” at the Nuyorican Poets Café, New York City’s longest running open mic session (originally hosted by Hip Hop icon Bobbito García). He has performed at the biggest hip hop shows around the country, including the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin, TX, the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival in Brooklyn, NY, the Rock the Bells hip hop festival in Long Island, NY, the A3C Hip Hop Festival in Atlanta, GA and New York City's CMJ Music Marathon. Homeboy Sandman has recorded video interviews with other performers at his live shows, which are captured in his YouTube video series "Homeboy Sandman presents Live From..."

In addition to his own releases, Homeboy Sandman has appeared on records by other artists, frequently with members of the AOK Collective, with whom he is affiliated.[5] He recently appeared on Fresh Daily's 2009 album The Gorgeous Killer In Crimes of Passion and the 2008 album For Your Consideration released by P.SO (formerly P. Casso). Homeboy Sandman collaborated with both Fresh Daily and P.SO for the song "Get On Down," which is featured on Sonic Smash, the album released in 2009 by music producer DJ Spinna.[6] Homeboy Sandman has also laid down tracks for a series of features with RIDES Magazine.[7] The track that Homeboy Sandman created for the challenge, "Gun Control," was cited as one of the Top 25 Songs of 2009 by Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg.[8]

On June 1, 2010, Homeboy Sandman released his third album, The Good Sun, which features production from 2 Hungry Bros, The Essence.

In the fall of 2010, Homeboy Sandman was featured as the coach in an episode of MTV's MADE, which premiered in October 2010.[10]

In August 2011, Homeboy Sandman signed with Oh No, among others.



  • Nourishment (Second Helpings) (2007)
  • Actual Factual Pterodactyl (2008)
  • The Good Sun (2010)
  • First of a Living Breed (2012)


  • Nourishment EP (2007)
  • Subject: Matter (2012)
  • Chimera EP (2012)
  • Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent (2013)[11]
  • All That I Hold Dear (2013)


  • There Is No Spoon (2008)


  • King Of Kings ft. Moses Rockwell & P.SO The Earth Tone King (2010 ACT LIVE MUSIC)

Guest appearances

List of guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other performer(s) Album
"Parallel Perpendicular" 2009 2 Hungry Bros. My Crew's All Thinner
"Best In Show" P. Casso's For Your Consideration
"Starter Pistol" Fresh Daily's The Gorgeous Killer In Crimes of Passion
"Get On Down" DJ Spinna's Sonic Smash
"20 years High & Rising (Homage To De La Soul)" Mick Boogie, Terry Urban's Le Da Soul: 20 Years of De La Soul
"Up to No Good" (Remix) J.J. Brown's Connect the Dots
"Riot Act" 2013 Truck North N/A


12. Homeboy Sandman mix for Bonafide Magazine

External links

  • Official Website
  • Homeboy Sandman Interview 9/21/10
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