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Deltron 3030 is composed of a trinity of alt-rap all-stars: Master lyricist Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, superproducer Dan 'The Automator' Nakamura and virtuoso turntablist DJ Kid Koala. Individually, they stand at the top of their respective musical disciplines; together, on the eponymous Deltron 3030, they warped space, bent time, transcended genre and blew minds, creating an album that still stands today as one of the most important records in the annals of underground hiphop.
Now, over a decade later, they re finally releasing the long-awaited follow-up to their debut an album titled Deltron 3030: Event II. "This time, the album has a specific story," says Del. "The Deltron world has gone too far with technology. Everything's destroyed, and you just see the remnants of our technology. The streets are run by criminals, the police are outnumbered and outgunned, and we're like pirates, running rogue, doing what we do to survive. That's the scene of it. We're trying to be as literary as possible while dealing with a musical format. I don't know if you could even categorize this as a hip hop album - it's more like a rock opera, but using rap."
He notes that the words, music and narrative have been deliberately chosen to put listeners into a specific emotional state. "This record took 13 years, and the whole time fans are telling us we better come out with Deltron right now - quit teasing me," laughs Del. "Well, this is beyond a regular album. Because I would say, me, Dan and Koala, we aren't limited by what other rap groups do - we're musicians first. I studied music theory for ten years. Dan and Koala been learning music since they were kids. We're bringing it all together here, everything, and the fans, the critics, they all going to be surprised by what we got. You'll see."
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I think that as a whole Event 2 was pretty good. I think that the collaborations were interesting if you do not look at them from the 3030 lens that all of us have. While the collaborations were original, I think that they were not extensive enough: frequently they were just a few lines or chorus for each song. If De la Rocha had gotten a rap verse on Melding of the Minds that could have been really sick. But instead we just get the chorus. What is this loneliness had Damon Albarn, and Casual, and Casual is good, but it is a standalone single that doesn't really contribute to a narrative. The artists talk about a whole lot of thigs, space invaders, vessel hijacking, etc., but it wasn't quite as focused as, say, "virus". I think it also would have been cool if the performers had been integrated further into the album, maybe doing their own "skits" at the end of songs. I loved Do you remember: I think it is del's best track with some great pacing and ideas. I think his lines fit the theme of Jamie Cullum's chorus really well.
(I know I said I'd put it behind us but I apparently can't...) The differences between the two are extensive. In my opinion, I would say 3030 is aggressive, serious, ruminative, immersive, pointed in its wit, and just plain badass. It is easy to understand and side with deltron's quest in the 3030 universe. But it isn't as easy in Event 2. Deltron doesn't seem as powerful: the world hasnt collapsed in the same way, and now gentry comedians get a voice on the state of the nation (really just the state of culture, not politics). This and a skit about pork buns replaces the skits depicting poverty and pollution in 3030. Maybe it is precisely this split that Event 2 is trying to highlight... hmm
If event 2 and 3030 were truly in the same universe, and I didn't know the background of the story, I would say event 2 sounds more like prequel to 3030. A pre-collapse, less aggressive 3030. Still awesome.... when does the next deltron album come out?
Again, the collaborations on this album are awesome ("Melding of the Minds" is a really good track that features one of my all-time favorites Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha) and Automator's beats are as good as ever. My favorite part of the whole thing, though, is the concept of the future and how some things never change. The Joseph Gordon Levitt intro and the David Cross/Amber Tamblyn (among others) interludes/skits are hilarious and relevant.
Listened to it twice in two days and will, no doubt, re-visit it in the future.
The first couple of times I listened to Event 2 I thought it was good with a couple of catchy songs and some surprise guest who I never thought I would hear on the album. After spending more time letting the album really sink in I thoroughly enjoy it. Automator returns with some creative beats and Del is back with some bad a^^ lyrics. It is a good thing that Del and Automator came back because the world is in shambles yet again and we needed our hero's to come and save mankind.
Point of the story if you love Del's unique lyrics as well as Automator's sick beats then you will enjoy this album too. Not as good as Deltron 3030 but Event 2 is still an amazing album.
Liked the guest appereances, and the skits were kinds cute. However, i did absolutely love the subject matter of the songs, they really touched on problems with today's society.
Of course, please consider that my opinion is heavily biased on the first release by Deltron 3030. Everything was just produced so beautifully with that album, it's as close to perfection as music can get.
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