The annual Celebrate Brooklyn music festival brings out performers of all genres ranging from R&B, pop, rock, and most recently, hip hop with Deltron 3030.
Founded in 1999 by Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Dan “The Automator” Nakamura, and DJ Kid Koala, Deltron 3030 has long been a staple in the underground hip-hop world. Deltron released a self–titled debut album in 2000 and are currently touring in support of their sophomore album “Event 2.”
Already excited by openers Nomadic Massive and a solo set by Kid Koala, the Prospect Park crowd was eager for more. Deltron took the stage to an ecstatic audience with incredible energy pulsing throughout the venue. Presenting classic yet futuristic sounds, Deltron performed tracks from both albums with an impressive 13-piece brass & string orchestra. The performance was a full hip-hop opera, or “hip-hopera” if you will, telling the story of Del’s alter ego & protagonist of each album, Deltron Zero, a futuristic fighter of the nefariously evil corporations controlling the world.
The crowd went wild to Deltron’s big hits such as “Mastermind,” “3030,” and “Things You Can Do” while the encore performance of the classic Gorillaz hit “Clint Eastwood” (and many fans’ initial introduction to the group) had the audience screaming the lyrics along with Del himself.
Safe to say, hip-hop is alive & well in the form of Deltron 3030.
Article by: Lindsey Gardner