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Deltron 3030

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Here is a rap group that started underground but didn’t stay there for long due to their unique style of hip-hop and crazy futuristic narratives within their albums.

Deltron 3030 is an alternative hip-hop super group that is composed of rapper Deltron Zero (a.k.a. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien), producer the Cantankerous Captain Aptos ( a.k.a. Dan “The Automator” Nakamura) and Skiznod The Boy Wonder (a.k.a. Kid Koala).  The group, created as a conceptual project by Nakamura, released their first self-titled album and single which was set in the year 3030.  The story centers around the fictional characters Deltron Zero, Captain Aptos and Skiznod the Boy Wonder; realizing that they are the sole survivors of Earth – they go on a journey to travel through the galaxy.

Both the album and single were released in 2000 through 75 Ark Records.  An album of instrumental tracks entitled Tron 3030 followed a year later.  Next, the launch of Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s debut “Gorillaz” album in March 2001 helped bring renewed interest into the Deltron 3030 project, as all three members had a part to play in the creation the multi-million selling record.  While Dan The Automator oversaw its production, Kid Koala assisted with the album while Del Tha Funkee Homosapien provided vocals on the singles “Clint Eastwood” and “Rock the House.”

In the later years, rumors of sessions for a second Deltron 3030 album circulated from as early as 2004 on.  Meanwhile, Dan the Automator continued to produce high-profile albums for acts such as “Kasabian” and Miles Kane, as well as collaborated with Mike Patton for the musical projects “Crudo” and “Peeping Tom.” During this time Del Tha Funkee Homosapien released his solo album “Both Sides of the Brain.”  There was an eight year gap until he released his next solo album.  Much of his time during that eight year period was spent working with his Oakland, California hip-hop crew, “Hieroglyphics,” and their label.

Kid Koala went on to further display his turntable skills by releasing albums on the Ninja Tune label at regular three-year intervals during the early part of the century.

In summer 2012, a follow-up to the album “Deltron 3030” was looking increasingly likely when the band performed ten new tracks at Toronto’s Luminato festival.  The next year, the highly anticipated “Event II” album was released in October.  The album came with a diverse gust appearance list that included Zack De La Rocha, David Cross, Black Rob, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a returning Damon Albarn.

This groups hip-hop is truly out of this world and unique.  It has been labeled future-hop, electro-hop, trip-hop, acid-hop or anything else you can imagine that describes alternative hip-hop.  The group is honestly just interesting to listen to and is hard for me to describe just exactly what they sound like.  Check out some of their hit songs below and maybe you’ll start to see what I mean by how unique and alternative they are.

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Diplo

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This guy is one of my favorite DJ’s and he makes some of the craziest beats I have ever heard.  The kind of music that just makes you want to dance.

Thomas Wesley Pentz (born November 10, 1978), better known by his stage name “Diplo,” is a Los Angeles-based American DJ, music producer, rapper, and songwriter.  He founded and manages his own record company “Mad Decent,” and is the co-founder and lead member of the non-profit organization “Heaps Decent.”  Among other jobs, he has worked as a school teacher in Philadelphia.  He is also the co-creator and lead member of the electronic dancehall music project, “Major Lazer.”  His 2013 EP “Revolution” debuted at #68 on the Billboard 200.

During his rise to notability, Diplo worked with British musician, M.I.A., an artist who is credited with helping expose him in his early career.  Later, he and fellow M.I.A. producer switch created a Jamaican dancehall project titled “Major Lazer.”  Since then, Diplo has worked on production and mixtape projects with many other notable pop artists, such as Beyonce, No Doubt, Justin Bieber, Usher, Snoop Lion and G-Dragon.  His stage name, “Diplo,” is short for “Diplodocus” which comes from his childhood fascination with dinosaurs.

Diplo has been around for a while and in all that time, he has never tried the same thing twice.  Every collaboration and album that he releases is full of experimental beats and rhythms that many similar DJ’s just can’t compete with.  Diplo also doesn’t like to stay confined to one genre of music.  He has dabbled in dubstep, trap, rap, trip-hop and even has produced just regular pop songs.  He often experiments by mixing these genres together in order to see what comes out.  There is no telling what kind of music will come from Diplo in the future but I can guarantee that it will have an insane beat and will make you want to dance.

Below are some of Diplo’s most popular songs and collaborations.  Enjoy.