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  • Audio CD (July 1, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Traffic (The Orchard)
  • ASIN: B001A5T1NQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,882 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. State of the Nation
2. 3030
3. The Fantabulous Rap
4. Things You Can Do
5. Positive Contact
6. St. Catherine St.
7. Virus
8. Upgrade (A Brymar College Course)
9. New Coke
10. Mastermind
11. National Movie Review
12. Madness
13. Meet Cleofis Randolph the Patriarch
14. Time Keeps On Slipping
15. The News (A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Microsoft Inc.)
16. Turbulence (Mark Bell Remix)
17. The Fantabulous Rap Extravaganza Part II
18. Battlesong
19. Love Story
20. Memory Loss feat. Sean Lennon
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Editorial Reviews

The super group Deltron 3030 is composed of producer Dan the Automator, rapper Del tha Funkee Homosapien and DJ Kid Koala and sometimes features guest artists who also take on varying futuristic pseudonyms. Originally released in 2000 on the now-defunct 75ARK record label, this Hip Hop concept album was released the same year as the Gorillaz first 12" and is on a similar plane. Following the release of Deltron 3030, all three members participated in the Gorillaz' self-titled debut album. With Del aka Deltron Zero on vocals, Dan the Automator aka The Cantankerous Captain Aptos on production, and Kid Koala aka Skiznoid the Boy Wonder on turntables, this album takes the listener on a paranoid journey set in a dystopian year 3030 dealing with viruses, the apocalypse, an oppressive government, and a war waged against a huge company called the Corporate Bank of Time that rules the universe, all to the well-crafted and consistent musical backing of the Automator. Appearances by Damon Albarn (The Gorillaz, Blur), Prince Paul, Peanut Butter Wolf, DJ Money Mark, Paul Barman, Mark Bell (Bjork, production), Sean Lennon, and Mr. Lif compliment Del's vocal style and add the right amount of flavor to this classic period piece. This official reissue includes three bonus tracks not available on original release and there are rumors of a sophmore album by Deltron 3030 due out in late 2008. Make sure you pick up a copy of this album the second time around as copies of the original release consistently fetch more than $50 online.

Customer Reviews

You must check out this album and I know you too will like it.
Andy Preston
Deltron 3030 is a thematic work like Dr. Octagon, but the pairing of Del the Funkee Homosapien and Dan the Automator makes more sense here.
This cd has some beats that really match del's wordplay and lyrical style.
L. Fletcher

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85 of 102 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Tucker on December 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Today I had an epiphany! I heard this CD for the first time at a friends house, then had to leave to buy it, urgently because evidently I had been missing out on something spectacular. I began this journey at the end and worked my way backwards. It started with Blur and Cibo Matto which led to Gorillaz, which led to this.
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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 17, 2001
Format: Vinyl
I'd recommend anybody to pick up this album. Dan the Automator and Del are always great, but I think they both have their personal bests with this one. Every track is tight, although I would've gotten rid of a skit or two.
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By OverTheMoon on May 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Deltron 3030 is easily one of the best hip-hop albums you will ever hear. Everyone who listens to it just cant stop replaying the Deltron 3030 track over and over again, could even be the best album you hear all year the first time you try it out, which just goes to show why it is so popular. This is futuristic and inventive hip-hop that can easily beat mainstream works around the place and then ask for more. Not only are the lyrics as good as the very best but the music and background tracks are all sublime stuff, making the hairs prick up on your arms and neck. Yeah Deltron 3030 is easily the next best thing hip-hop has produced since Nas - Illmatic. Once you hear Deltron 3030 you will be off trying to get everything else Dan the Automator has done... and rightly so.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "dwarfer" on October 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I must say when I first heard about this album I was wary. I immediately noticed the same equation as Dr. Octagon, Automator on production, infamous underground emcee Kool Keith and the dj slot filled by the incredible Qbert. But Deltron 3030 had Del the Funky Homosapien who has a huge following, but personally Kool Keith is my all time favorite mc. Then as dope as Kid Koala is he's now Qbert. So you can see with these preconceptions I wasn't expecting much. But instead I was very impressed, this album is hella tight! Though it doesn't have the same gritty super surreal vibe of Dr. Octagon, Deltron 3030 has a more coherent version of the future. Deltron 3030 reminded me of parts of the animated classic Heavy Metal but hip hop instead of metal, plus it had the mech influence of anime. Overall well worth the purchase but not quite as good as Dr. Octagon that's why I couldn't give it 5 stars. If you liked this album check out Analog Brothers "Pimp to Eat" Kool Keith's own follow up to Dr. Octagon with the legendary Ice-T!, Sir Menelik's stuff, Company Flow "Funcrusher Plus", Anti Pop Consortium "Tragic Epilogue" and some of the Anticon stuff has a tendancy to sound post apocolyptic. Also if you liked those albums check THIS one out.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kronik de hemphog on August 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
What happens when you want to hear some real HIP-HOP? You get one of the best MC's in history (del), the most musical turntablist on the planet (kid koala), and throw in the most underrated producer in the music industry (dan). You end up with one of the most experimental, and "ahead of it's time" albums in hip-hop. If you're tired of the hip-POP [music]that they play on MTV, and on most radio stations. If your tired of music with no meaning at all, listen to this album. What you will find is an extremely lyrically gifted artist, laying down metaphors verse after verse. It may take you a while to absorb it all, but hey... it has substance. The music in the background may take a while to absorb as well. If you "feel" music, then this is something that you will like. Very experimental.
Extremely original.
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.
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