Deltron 3030 (album)

Deltron 3030 is the debut album by the hip hop supergroup of the same name: rapper Del the Funky Homosapien, producer Dan the Automator, and DJ Kid Koala. It was released on May 23, 2000[2] by 75 Ark. It is a rap opera concept album set in a dystopian year 3030.

Deltron 3030
Deltron 3030 (album cover).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 23, 2000[1]
Recorded1999–2000
StudioThe Glue Factory
(San Francisco, CA)
GenreAlternative hip hop, underground hip hop, hip hopera
Length60:18
Label75 Ark
ProducerDan the Automator
Deltron 3030 chronology
Deltron 3030
(2000)
Event 2
(2013)
Singles from Deltron 3030
  1. "Time Keeps On Slipping"
    Released: 17 October 2000
  2. "3030"
    Released: 17 October 2000

Album informationEdit

The album's story casts Del in the role of Deltron Zero, a disillusioned mech soldier and interplanetary computer prodigy rebelling against a 31st-century New World Order. In a world where evil oligarchs suppress both human rights and hip-hop, Del fights rap battles against a series of foes, becoming Galactic Rhyme Federation Champion. During the events of the song "Memory Loss", Deltron is captured by the New World Order, and subsequently has his memories wiped, thus rendering his plight entirely pointless and ultimately forgotten.

Del the Funky Homosapien's lyrics veer from serious social commentary to humor to epic sci-fi battles, while producer Dan the Automator creates an eerie and dense atmosphere.

The song "3030" was used as the theme song on the short-lived CBS series Robbery Homicide Division. The song "Positive Contact" was featured in the video games Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX (2001), Tony Hawk's Underground (2003), and College Hoops 2K8 (2007).

The album's cover features a photograph of the Perisphere, a structure constructed for the 1939 New York World's Fair.

The album was reissued July 1, 2008 with 3 bonus remixes.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [3]
Alternative Press4/5[4]
The Guardian     [5]
Melody Maker     [6]
NME8/10[7]
Pitchfork8.8/10[8]
Q     [9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [10]
Spin7/10[11]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Dan the Automator and Del the Funky Homosapien, except where noted.

No.TitleFeaturingLength
1."State of the Nation"Damon Albarn0:25
2."3030" 7:29
3."The Fantabulous Rap Extravaganza"Prince Paul0:21
4."Things You Can Do" 4:59
5."Positive Contact" 4:42
6."St. Catherine St."Beans, Mr. Lif, P. Wingerter, Peanut Butter Wolf, Verna Brown0:43
7."Virus" 4:26
8."Upgrade (A Brymar College Course)" 4:10
9."New Coke"Mark Ramos-Nishita0:41
10."Mastermind" 3:34
11."National Movie Review"Brad Roberts0:53
12."Madness" 4:38
13."Meet Cleofis Randolph the Patriarch"MC Paul Barman0:36
14."Time Keeps On Slipping" (composed also by Damon Albarn)Damon Albarn4:59
15."The News (A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Microsoft, Inc.)"Hafdís Huld0:49
16."Turbulence"Remixed by Mark Bell3:33
17."The Fantabulous Rap Extravaganza Part II"Prince Paul0:37
18."Battlesong" 4:07
19."Love Story" 3:26
20."Memory Loss" (composed also by Sean Lennon)Sean Lennon4:39
21."The Assmann 640 Speaks"Damon Albarn0:31

2008 reissue bonus tracksEdit

  1. "Positive Contact" (Charlie Clouser remix)
  2. "Turbulence" (Mark Bell remix)
  3. "Positive Contact" (Mario C remix)

SamplesEdit

The following lists some of the songs and sounds sampled for Deltron 3030.[12]

"State of the Nation"
  • "Phalene" by Placebo
"3030"
"Things You Can Do"
"Positive Contact"
"Virus"
"Mastermind"
"National Movie Review"
"Madness"
"Turbulence"
"The News (A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Microsoft Inc.)"
"Love Story"
  • "Milk and Honey" by Bonnie Dobson
  • "Le Massacre Du Dragon" by the Maurice Vander Trio
"Memory Loss"

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Year Chart Peak position
2000 Heatseekers #13
2000 Billboard 200 #194
2000 Top Independent Albums #43
2000 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums #90

LegacyEdit

In the Cartoon Network series Craig of the Creek, the episode "The Kid From 3030" has Craig and his friends encounter a boy (voiced by Del) who states that his name is Deltron and that he is from the year 3030. He wears a cassette player on his chest that reads "Automator".

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/deltron-3030-mw0000000954
  2. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/deltron-3030-mw0000000954
  3. ^ Huey, Steve. "Deltron 3030 – Deltron 3030". AllMusic. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
  4. ^ "Deltron 3030: Deltron 3030". Alternative Press (152): 68–69. March 2001.
  5. ^ Kabuubi, Maxine (October 20, 2000). "Deltron 3030: Deltron 3030 (75 Ark)". The Guardian.
  6. ^ "Deltron 3030: Deltron 3030". Melody Maker: 52. November 14, 2000.
  7. ^ "Deltron 3030: Deltron 3030". NME: 44. October 21, 2000.
  8. ^ Eccleston, Sam (July 1, 2008). "Deltron 3030: Deltron 3030". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
  9. ^ "Deltron 3030: Deltron 3030". Q (178): 108. July 2001.
  10. ^ Relic, Peter (2004). "Del tha Funkee Homosapien". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 227–28. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  11. ^ Weisbard, Eric (January 2001). "Deltron 3030: Deltron 3030". Spin. 17 (1): 120. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  12. ^ "Deltron 3030 Samples". Rap Sample FAQ. TheBreaks.com. Retrieved December 18, 2008.