Deltron Zero - 3030 (Review)
“Yo its three thousand thirty I want y’all to meet Deltron Zero”.
I was going thru my itunes the other day and I found one of my favorite experimental hip hop albums of all time. Deltron 3030 is an alternative hip hop supergroup composed of producer Dan the Automator, rapper Del the Funky Homosapien and DJ Kid Koala. If you have no idea on who Del the Funky Homosapien is then you need a lesson in hip hop or a swift punt to the face. You should at least recognize his voice as one of the main rappers in the Gorillaz appearing in this hit track ‘Clint Eastwood‘ or as one of the rappers in the group Hieroglyphics.
I realized my favorite thing about Del the other day: Most all other rappers fit rhymes together around a loose unifying subject usually based on the hook. Del takes an idea and writes a complete story then uses his rhymes like punctuation, nailing the story to the beat. He makes the rhymes fit his subject because he has complete control of his flow. Most other rappers just seem to just barely hold onto theirs. The entire album is clearly experimental but when you take the time and listen to the story Del is trying to relay to you are almost transported to literally another planet or some other weird world in which your only goal is to listen to this entire album from start to finish.
The album tells the story of Deltron Zero, a disillusioned mech soldier and interplanetary computer prodigy rebelling against a 31st century New World Order. In a world where evil oligarchs suppress both human rights and hip-hop, Del fights rap battles against a series of foes, becoming Galactic Rhyme Federation Champion.
One of my favorite tracks on the album ”Time Keeps On Slipping”, featuring Damon Albarn, the man behind Gorillaz and the track is very reminscent of the music they worked on together. This album literally could be called another Gorillaz album solely on the musical similarities both musicians share. Other highlights on the album include: ‘3030’, ‘Mastermind’ and ‘Madness’. If you are fan of the Gorillaz and good hip hop I urge you to go and download this album. It will blow your fucking mind.