Deltron 3030 (album)

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Deltron 3030
Deltron 3030 (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Deltron 3030
Released October 17, 2000
Recorded 1999–2000
Glue Factory
Genre Alternative hip hop, underground hip hop, hip hopera
Length 60:18
Label 75 Ark
Producer Dan the Automator
Deltron 3030 chronology
Deltron 3030
(2000)
Event 2
(2013)

Deltron 3030 is the debut album by the hip hop supergroup of the same name. It was released in October 17, 2000 by 75 Ark. It is a rap opera concept album set in a dystopian year 3030.

Album information[edit]

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. To celebrate, Del takes a trip back to Earth for a vacation, but is ambushed by his enemies and has his memory wiped, plunging the world back into darkness.

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.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press4/5[2]
The Guardian5/5 stars[3]
Melody Maker4/5 stars[4]
NME8/10[5]
Pitchfork8.8/10[6]
Q4/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[8]
Spin7/10[9]
  • The Wire (10/00, p. 86) - "A planet where rhymes are pecked into trees by gnawed off golf pencils between clenched teeth."
  • CMJ (10/16/00, p. 28) - "[Its] slick and styled funk proves [Automator's] light years ahead of his peers."
  • Melody Maker (11/14/00, p. 52) - 4 stars out of 5 - "This is dark, jagged alt-rock hip-hop ... an inspired soundtrack to confusing times."
  • NME (10/21/00, p. 44) - 8 out of 10 - "A space opera ... the most purely enjoyable hip-hop album of 2000 ... It's a crazed sci-fi journey to Planet B.S., that takes myriad detours around the galaxy ... utterly mesmerizing."

Track listing[edit]

All tracks 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 tracks[edit]

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

Samples[edit]

The following lists some of the songs and sounds sampled for Deltron 3030.[10]

"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"

Singles[edit]

  • "Time Keeps On Slipping"
  • "3030"

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

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

Legacy[edit]

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".

References[edit]

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