The underground hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030 features Deltron Zero (Del Tha Funkee Homosapien), the Cantankerous Captain Aptos (producer/remixer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura), and Skiznod the Boy Wonder (turntablist Kid Koala).
Much like Nakamura's previous conceptual projects, Dr. Octagon and Handsome Boy Modeling School, Deltron 3030's self-titled album and single send the hip-hop triumvirate into the year 3030, where -- as the sole survivors of earth -- they travel through the galaxy.
The group’s debut album was released in 2000. An album of instrumental tracks from Tron 3030 followed a year later. Next, the launch of Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's debut Gorillaz album in March 2001 brought renewed interest in the Deltron 3030 project, as all three members had a part to play in the creation of that multi-million-selling record. While Dan the Automator oversaw its production, Kid Koala assisted in this area and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien provided vocals on the singles "Clint Eastwood" and "Rock the House".
In the ensuing years, rumours of sessions for a second Deltron 3030 record circulated. By summer 2012, a follow-up to Deltron 3030was looking increasingly likely when the band performed ten new tracks at Toronto's Luminato festival. Then in 2013 the highly anticipated Event II was released. The album came with a diverse guest list that includedZack De La Rocha, David Cross, Black Rob, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and a returningDamon Albarn. ~ Heather Phares & James Wilkinson, Rovi.
Individually, the collaborators of Deltron 3030 stand at the top of their respective musical disciplines; together as Deltron 3030, they warped space, bent time, transcended genre and blew minds withDeltron 3030, an album that still stands today as one of the most important records in the annals of underground hip-hop.
Both timely and avant garde, Deltron 3030accurately – if surrealistically – captured the spirit of the cusp of the millennium, an era when a technology-driven stock market bubble was on the verge of bursting, when the political world was entering an era of unprecedented partisanship, when global inequality was beginning to skyrocket. Critics dubbed it a masterpiece: ”The most purely enjoyable hip-hop album of 2000,” NME declared. Vice praised Deltron 3030 as “a dope hip-hop concept album...visionary sci-fi rap for comic book heads, cyberpunks and conspiracy theorists that closed the gaps between indie-rap, boom bap and future-music.” ”It’s not only one of the best albums in either of their catalogs, but one of the best to come out of the new underground, period,” said AllMusic.com. Pitchfork called Nakamura the “poet laureate of creepy, oppressive beats,” describing the album as an “exciting” reimagining of “the future from the bottom up” that reveals Del as a “surprisingly acute social critic.”
Del notes that the words, music and narrative have been deliberately chosen to put listeners into a specific emotional state. “This record took 13 years, and the whole time fans are telling us we better come out with Deltron right now – quit teasing me,” laughs Del. “Well, this is beyond a regular album. Because I would say, me, Dan and Koala, we aren’t limited by what other rap groups do – we’re musicians first. I studied music theory for ten years. Dan and Koala been learning music since they were kids. We’re bringing it all together here, everything, and the fans, the critics, they all going to be surprised by what we got. You’ll see.”
“they warped space, bent time, transcended genre and blew minds”
“Hip-hop came back to Brooklyn in fine form through the futuristic antics of Deltron 3030.” – Chicago Defender
“no twerking, no women in skimpy outfits, no ridiculous product placements and not many hooks you'd ever hear on a radio station. But goodness gracious, there was an excellent live show in Syracuse that combined futuristic sounds with funky beats” – Syracuse
“the brave new world of interplanetary hip-hop the brainchild of three geniuses, Montreal uber-DJ Kid Koala, super-producer Dan the Automator and legendary MC Del the Funky Homosapien.” – Ottawasun
“Deltron 3030 is probably the closest hip-hop will ever come to an equivalent of Terry Gilliam's Brazil.” – Allmusic
“A wildly imaginative, unabashedly geeky concept....about interplanetary rap warriors battling to restore humanity's hip-hop supremacy in a corporate-dominated dystopia” – Allmusic
“Deltron 3030 is everything a supergroup is supposed to be. Just the sheer amount of professionalism on stage all at once is insane.” – Kexp.org
“it becomes clear why a Vancouver appearance by these musical mystery men was such a hot ticket.” – CTVNews
“futuristic, hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030 have awoken from their sci-fi, cyberpunk slumber” – Metro US
“the three musical masterminds were having just as much fun up on stage as the mesmerized fans in the crowd.” – Metro US
“one hell of a show with classic songs as well as new jams” – Syphersights.wordpress
“The music speaks for itself, but it sounds even better with live instruments and live Del.” – Syphersights.wordpress
“they threw the wildest party we've seen in a while” – Kexp.org
“Endlessly energetic and perfectly put together, Deltron killed it.” – Kexp.org
“the 90-minute set was just too good to end.” – Brooklynvegan