Much like Nakamura's previous conceptual projects, Dr. Octagon and Handsome Boy Modeling School, Deltron 3030's self-titled album and single sends the hip-hop triumvirate into the year 3030, where — as the sole survivors of earth — they travel through the galaxy.
Both the album and single were released in 2000 on 75 Ark Records. An album of instrumentals tracks from Tron 3030 followed a year later.
Deltron 3030 is also known for two of its members (Del Tha Funkee Homosapien and Dan "The Automator" Nakamura) later working with Damon Albarn to form Gorillaz.
A sequel to Deltron 3030, called Deltron Event II, was in Development Hell for eight years, until on August 13th, 2013, they released a three-song EP "City Rising From The Ashes" (which you can listen to on the official Youtube channel here. Deltron Event II was finally released in September 2013, also featuring Zack De La Rocha, The Lonely Island, Damon Albarn, Mike Patton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Chef David Chang among many other interesting choices. Also, they're bringing a 16-piece orchestra with them on tour.
This work contains examples of:
- Artificial Limbs: Briefly referenced in St. Catherine St. (where it sounds like theyre being sold by a street vendor.)
- Big Bad: Q-zar in Battlesong and the government itself in Virus, Madness AND Turbulence
- Bittersweet Ending: "Do You Remember" is one for the entire saga, and a real Tear Jerker at that.
- Boastful Rap: Deltron Zero actually brags more about Automator in Mastermind. 3030 also counts as a Boastful Rap for both Deltron AND Automator, and Positive Contact is Deltron Zeros bragging song. Deltron also brags about his 1337 hax0r skillz in Virus.
- Book-Ends: State of the Nation is a brief little speech about the year 3030, and The Assmann 640 Speaks is the exact same speech, but distorted and scratchy.
- Camp: "Meet Cleofis Randolph the Patriarch"
- Casting Gag: "National Movie Review" features Brad Roberts, a Canadian singer known for his baritone voice, narrating an ad for a showing of Strange Brew.
- Catchphrase: Upgrade (A Brymar College Course) gets one: Upgrade your gray matter, 'cause one day it may matter!
- Concept Album
- Cool People Rebel Against Authority: Deltron Zero pretty much spends all his time either rebelling against authority or writing rebellious raps. We hear this especially in Virus. (And yet, hes oddly compliant in Battlesong when he was trying to get into the battle for free
maybe because the person handing out the battle forms was just doing their job.) This is even Lampshaded in Love Story:They admire my enhanced stanzasand how I dodge manhunts and security cameras
- Crapsack World: "Turbulence" describes a world so crappy that "aliens landed [and] said our planet wasn't worth invading".
- Creepy Monotone: the opening to Upgrade (A Brymar College Course).
- Dystopia: The setting of the album seems this way, although some still seem to have their fun.
- Electronic Speech Impediment: The Assmann 640 Speaks
- Evil Is Hammy: It isnt quite clear whether the evil people in Virus, Turbulence and/or Battlesong are the actual voices or Deltron Zero doing an over-the-top impression of them—but either way, there is evil, and ham ensues.
- Fascists' Bed Time: In Turbulence: YOU ARE TO BE INSIDE BY 9:00 OR WE WILL SHOOOOT 'CHAAA
- From Bad to Worse: Sounds like the Crapsack World got even crapsackier after Deltron Zero set that virus loose, spreading panic everywhere. (It seems like this was his goal, actually...)
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: Arguably, this happens in Love Story: Deltron Zero goes from winning the Rhyme Federation Championship in "Battlesong" to getting FIRED... Although, when he started working for said Rhyme Federation is never really explained.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: A drinking game could be made out of how many of them are in "Battlesong".
- Jive Turkey: Whoever is talking in St. Catherine St.
- Large Ham: nearly everybody! Especially the government.
- Q-Zar (in Battlesong): NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE ILL HANDLE YA!!
- The plan is programmed into EVERY ONE of my THOUSAND RRRROBOTS!
- LADIES AND GENTLEMEN CHECK OUT THE RAP BATTLE OF THE CENTURY
- Meanwhile Song: New Coke and St. Catherine St.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Deltron Zero in Virus.
- Non-Appearing Title: Time Keeps on Slipping, Battlesong, Love Story and all of the under-one-minute tracks.
- Obviously Evil: the empire/government/evil dictatorship of doom deconstructed in at least three songs definitely fits this trope.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: definitely going on in Virus (and, actually, showing why it doesnt workaccording to this song, Deltron Zero and his super-hacking BROKE THE WORLD.)
- Perfectly Cromulent Word: The Fantabulous Rap Extravaganza pt. 1" gives us "interspectacular", "fantabulous" and "instupicuous"
- Police State: the setting of the whole album.
- Ray Gun: Deltron and Automator gets at least one in Battlesong
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Deltron Zero is the Red Oni and Automator is the Blue Oni. This is especially evident in their exchange at the end of Mastermind.
- Sanity Slippage Song: Zig-zagged in the appropriately-named Madness. It starts off pretty normal, but descends pretty quickly as Deltron talks about how shitty their world is. The chorus itself may count as a Madness Mantra. However, the last lines of the second verse suggest an aversion:Im glad I love music and lifecos its easy to see the pain and strifeand end it all tonight
- Space Opera
- Speculative Fiction
- Synthetic Voice Actor: Again, the opening to Upgrade (A Brymar College Course).
- Technobabble: happens in "Virus" and "Battlesong," but doesn't
- Time Skip: Event 2, as established in "The Return," takes place in 3040 (and skips again at the end to 4010). Deltron and Automator haven't been seen in years — an intentional reference to the album's long stay in Development Hell?
- Totally Radical: We dont hear much from him, but the National Movie Review guy sounds like this.
- Hows it goin, eh?
- ...it chronicles the adventures of two latter-day Renaissance men—or, to use the correct 20th-Century terminology: hosers.
- Title Drop: 3030, Positive Contact, Things You Can Do, Madness, Turbulence, Virus and Memory Loss all have one in their choruses.
- Title-Only Chorus: Positive Con-TACT!
- Wake Up, Go To Interplanetary Rap Battle, Save The World: Deltron Zero was able to take out three adversaries each in only one verseoh, but when it comes to talking to some random chick in Love Story? HELL NO, gotta break out the Flirtbot 3000 for that one, eh Del?
- Weapon of Choice: Deltron Zero's rhymes themselves are able to do damage, plus he uses all kinds of happy fun guns (and a few other weapons what exactly IS a cranial disruption siphon anyway?) in "Battlesong".