Deltron 3030 - Event II (Review)

Deltron 3030 - Event II (Review)

"Event II" is the second album from hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030, which consists of producer Dan the Automator, emcee Del the Funky Homosapien and DJ Kid Koala. The album features guest appearances from Zach De La Rocha, Black Rob, Casual and a ton of others and is fully produced by Dan the Automator himself. It is set to be released on October 1, 2013 through Bulk Recordings, but is currently available for streaming over on Pitchfork.com.


1) Stardate (featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt) - Skit.

2) The Return - The first song on the album has an epic instrumental somewhat reminiscent of the track "3030" off of the first Deltron album. The beat is absolutely crazy, with some ambient synths, a soaring background sample and subtle scratching by Kid Koala that adds a ton of depth to the instrumental. Del the Funky Homosapian comes through in his Deltron Zero persona, mentioning that it is now the year 3040 and things have not improved in the galaxy since the first album. The lyrics are on point, but Del's flow is not quite as animated as it was on the first album. To be fair, it has been 13 years since the last album was released so I should just be happy we got a sequel I guess. Anyways, this shit is fire despite the slightly lackadaisical flow. Hopefully the rest of the album is just as good.

3) Pay the Price - This was the first single from the album and it's really dope. The beat is very energetic, with some sci-fi sound effects and lively pianos layered over a hip-hop breakbeat. Lyrically Del keeps with the theme of the album so far, spitting a story about crash landing upon an alien planet and trying to understand the strange beliefs of the planets inhabitants. The story is dope and his flow sounds a little more enthusiastic on here than on the previous track. Very nice.

4) Nobody Can (featuring Aaron Bruno of AWOLNATION) - The beat on this track has an electric rock feel to it, which makes Aaron Bruno feel right at home I suppose. The instrumentals got more spacey keyboards and synthesizers over distorted electric guitars and head-nodding drums. I'm feelin' the beat on here and Del comes correct over it, rapping about how the general population views Deltron as a hero while Aaron Bruno provides some vocals on the chorus. Not bad.

5) Lawnchair Quarterback Pt. 1 (featuring David Cross and Amber Tamblyn) - Skit.

6) Melding of the Minds (featuring Zach De La Rocha) - Whereas "Nobody Can" had an electric rock feel, this song takes it a step further into more of a rap metal category. Its kinda like an Automator take rap metal though, so it still has a strong hip-hop background with some chopped up electric guitars over top of the drums. Del sounds ok on here and Zach De La Rocha just adds some of his signature intense vocals to the chorus. Eh, I'm not feelin' this one quite as much as the others. It's not terrible, but there are much better songs on here in my opinion.

7) The Agony (featuring Mary Elizabeth Winstead) - Like this one. Dan the Automator returns to his hip-hop roots on this track and crafts a head-nodding instrumental with some horns and haunting vocals on the chorus (which I'm assuming is where Mary Elizabeth Winstead's contribution to the song comes in, but I'm not 100% sure on that). The beat is really ill and Del rips it, rapping about fighting back against the government of the future and trying to get out from under their evil influence.
"The primary source of support for starfighters
Sending counter attacks to black out return fire
My favorite, the heavy ion cannon
Blue-white energy will fry y'all planet
But not before I infiltrate your information network
Spy operations, we locate the wealth first"
Very dope.

8) Back in the Day (featuring The Lonely Island) - Skit.

9) Talent Supersedes (featuring Black Rob) - This song has another neck-breaking instrumental with some spirited guitars, horns and bells over upbeat drums. Lyrically Del really rips the beat, coming with what I think is his strongest performance on the album so far. Black Rob only shows up for the chorus, which I'm not sure if its a sample of him or vocals he actually recorded for the album. Either way, this shit is dope and is one of the highlights of the album for me.

10) Look Across the Sky (featuring Mary Elizabeth Winstead) - The beat on this track is much more laid-back when compared to the intense energy of the previous song and its not quite as potent either. Mary Elizabeth Winstead provides backing vocals during the verses as well as during the chorus while Del does his thing lyrically throughout the song. It's not my favorite on here so far, but Del's storytelling is pretty ill and the beat is passable. Not bad.

11) The Future of Food (featuring David Chang) - Skit.

12) What Is This Loneliness (featuring Damon Albarn and Casual) - This is better. The beat on this track has a funky guitar loop, bells and horns that slowly build up energy as the song heads to the chorus, which is provided by Blur/Gorillaz singer Damon Albarn. Del trades off verses with fellow Hieroglyphics emcee Casual (who is the only Hiero appearance on the album) and both emcees do their thing, as expected. Very dope.

13) My Only Love (featuring Emily Wells) - Dan the Automator comes through with another crazy instrumental, this time with some celestial keyboards and soft guitars over energetic drums, while Kid Koala adds layers to the track with his subtle scratching. Del the Funky Homosapian kicks more vivid lyrics keeping with the storyline of the album while violinist Emily Wells provides the chorus. It's not my favorite, but I'm feelin' this track.

14) Lawnchair Quarterback Pt. 2 (featuring David Cross and Amber Tamblyn) - Skit.

15) City Rising From the Ashes (featuring Mike Patton) - This was the second single released from the album and it's banging. The beat is full of more vigorous energy and Del bodies it, spitting some detailed rhymes about life in the future where Earth is a polluted wasteland and the government commits atrocious acts of violence and deviousness. Dope shit.



16) Do You Remember (featuring Jamie Cullum) - The final song on the album has a beautiful instrumental with some soft violins and background vocals over head-nodding boom-bap drums. The beat is banging and Del the Funky Homosapian sounds really good over it, reminiscing about the "good old days" and about Deltron's legacy while Jamie Cullum provides the chorus. Very dope way to close out the album.

I'm going to rate the album

4 / 5

because its really good. Dan the Automator has always been a beast when it comes to production and he certainly comes through on here. There is only one or two beats that I'm not really feelin' as much as the others, but even those are far from terrible. Del the Funky Homosapian is a little more hit-or-miss, sounding uninspired on some tracks while sounding reinvigorated on others. Lyrically he is on point the entire album and sticks to the sci-fi theme on each track, but his flow is not quite as energetic as it was in the past. And lets not forget Kid Koala, who's cuts always blend in beautifully with the instrumentals and just add an extra layer of vibrancy to the beats. While not as good as the first "Deltron 3030" album, "Event II" is still pretty damn ill and is a nice change of pace from the usual hip-hop albums released today.

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