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Top 100 Albums of the Decade: #21 Deltron 3030 - Deltron 3030

 

Top 100 Albums of the Decade list will be posted over the course of 100 days. On September 23rd, we will post one album and continue every day until December 31st, when we will unveil our #1 album of the decade!

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#21 Deltron 3030 - Deltron 3030

"No mistakes, black – it's our music we must take back." In the context of a futuristic dystopian society – wherein the powers that be seem to have it out for this particular rapper (hmm, well, maybe there's a parallel there: racial profiling anyone?) – it's Deltron 3030's creativity that's being stolen by the mech police. Back over here in the real word, Del's slipping us a not-too-sly but nevertheless brilliant allegory. It's unclear who stole the music in the first place – fake rappers to marketing companies and ad infinitum with your "fuck the man!" cries here (because they're all relevant) – but Deltron 3030 is the equivalent of infiltrating their homes, beating them over the head, stealing the goods and taking a little victory rap around their living room. Congratulations Automator, Kid Koala and Del: you've repossessed what's rightfully yours by passing on a legit product to the hungry masses. Take a deep, long bow, because you've earned it.

Truth: this is the best concept album I've ever heard. That's because this isn't a gimmick for them. For all its talk of future millennia, robot armies everywhere, self-aware computers and spaceships, the message is deliberately blunt and frighteningly relevant: stop fucking buying into corporate or creativity will die a painful, regimented death. Keep it fresh at all costs and don't let anyone in the way of how you bless others with your art. If you think it's a laughably paranoid notion that some hidden force will try to choke art of this society, I guess you haven't been following the actions of the RIAA, iron-fisted record labels, book / art / music censorship efforts championed by specific religions and creeds, and so on? That there are groups that want to limit our access to art is frightening; that Deltron 3030 made an album with the freshest production, crazy lyrical talent and pinpoint foresight back in 2000 makes them visionaries. Okay, you've witnessed the precedent. Now get off of our website and go create something.

- Phillip Taylor-Parker

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