TRML’s Sound Selections #51

TRML's Sound selections #51: Deltron 3030 - Deltron 3030

Deltron 3030 – Deltron 3030

The turn of the millennium was a great time for music. As I’ve previously mentioned, the year 2000 was part of an era of great experimentation and ground breaking in the music world… It was also the perfect time to release a concept album about a futuristic rap warrior fighting against an oppressive regime. Deltron 3030, a supergroup consisting of Del Tha Funkee Homosapian, Dan the Automator, and DJ Kid Koala, did just that. This album’s concept is dark, but never quite takes itself too seriously with Del lacing things like Gamera references into his signature in-the-pocket rhymes in between segues which include a mutant’s review of the movie Strange Brew. All of this is over Dan and Kid Koala’s slick beats and choice samples. It’s like The Terminator, but while on acid and with rap battles. Oh, and a concept album of this caliber wouldn’t be complete without some choice guest stars, including Damon Alburn, Sean Lennon, and MC Paul Barman to name a few.

Anyone who has heard Gorillaz’ hit single “Clint Eastwood” has heard Del Tha Funkee Homosapian. That’s where I first heard him and that now-iconic performance is what led me to discover his music and this album. His blend of humor and nerdy subjects, which he delivers without pandering, is right up my alley and his killer rhyme delivery is some of the smoothest you’ll ever hear. This album is unique and a perfect jumping on point for his music as well as essential listening for anyone who wants something fresh and fun in the hip hop genre.