This week’s installment of #MidWeekMusic comes from one of my favorite hip-hop artists of all time: the incomparable Deltron 3030, and their new album Deltron Event 2.
Deltron 3030 is the supergroup of hip-hop legends Del The Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator, and Kid Koala. Their first album, Deltron 3030, released in 2000, remains one of my favorite albums of all time. Full of bold rhymes and sci-fi references, it embodied a love of wordplay and intelligent writing that I hadn’t thought possible in hip-hop.
After a thirteen year hiatus, and who knows how many false starts, I wasn’t sure we’d ever get the long-promised follow-up album. Event 2 builds off the same characters (Deltron Osiris/ Deltron Zero) and brilliant word play (“Turbolasers will do more than subdue them fools”) found in the first album, while expanding upon the unique Deltron sound.
Event 2 continues to rail against corporate excess and abuses of power, but never feels preachy, largely thanks to stellar production and inventive wordplay (Everywhere I smell the place stink/And I told him man, “Seems like y’all gotta think big.”/I said introduce deeper concepts/He told me “Hell nah fool, it wouldn’t profit”).
Featuring guest appearances from what feels like the world (Zach De La Rocha, Damon Albarn, and David Cross to name a few), Event 2 pushes the boundaries of hip-hop in ways Drake or Kanye couldn’t begin to comprehend. Just when I had all but given up hope, Deltron has created another near-perfect example of hip-hop music.