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Deltron 3030 [Vinyl]
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Audio, Cassette, October 17, 2000
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Generally as a rule, I am not the biggest fan of hip-hop or rap or whatever you want to call it. Sure I like Dr. Dre and some Eminem and of course the Beastie Boys along with a very small dose of DMX but other than the real mainstream hip-hop....never give it much of a thought. That all went out the window when I bought the Gorillaz debut in June 2001 and started to learn about the sheer brilliance behind the maddness.
Between Del, Dan, Kid and the cameos by Sean Lennon as well as my hero Damon Albarn, you really can't get any closer to perfection than this (with the exception of 3 tracks on the Gorillaz CD). The amazing sampling that goes on and the loops that you would never expect in a million years (ie a harpsichord) are what initially got my attention and then...there are the lyrics. They are so out there in left field and yet...for some reason, make perfect sense. The style of the rap is unique as well, hard to describe, very hard-hitting but not aggressive like DMX or Wu-Tang ..not "thug like"...more like a Rhodes Scholar morphed with George Clinton..again, difficult to describe but amazing. The backbeat and tracks are also unusual, there is a good amount of bass which you would expect but not the pounding that you hear in the more mainstream stuff, the loops and beats are woven very tight and seamless. I am seriously awestruck by this.Read more ›
If I was to make a complaint, it's that it so sucessfully combines pretentious pop music with hip-hop, something that maybe shouldn't be combined in the first place. The arrangments are less "Dr. Octagon" and more "Sgt. Pepper's"... the amazing title track has a chorus with orchestra that sounds vaguely "Day in the Life," the opening to "Mastermind" sounds like the intro from "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," and Sean Lennon even sings in "Memory Loss." The rapping is smooth and smart, but so dedicated to the concept of life in a science fiction world that it becomes a focus of the album, like a "Tommy."
But really there's nothing to complain about. The beats and rapping are great, and the arrangements and lyrical focus are revolutionary. Ten years from now all hip-hop will sound like this, but I can't believe it'll ever be done this well.
If you like Dr. Octagon, DJ Shadow, Lyrics Born, Skratch Picklz, Heiroglyphics, or Gorillaz... you'll probably dig this one. And if you haven't heard any of the above... you probably should.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you like clever thought provoking hip hop with sweet ass music as the back drop, get this album... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Brannon Joseph coury
The record itself sounds great and everything is great quality! It came quickly and i'm very happy with it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Was in great condition, and honestly it's a terrific album. What more can be said?Published 1 month ago by Cory Fogg
Its 2015 and I still spin this CD! I wont say its before its time but it is unlike any other Hip Hop recor . Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dark Magician
A very unique sound with VERY unique lyrics. It's a shame that Del used so much meth, he could have made many more quality albums than this. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Radical Winslow