Archive for the 'Rap' Category

Deltron 3030 – s/t

Maybe it has something to do with February being black history month or maybe it’s just a coincidence, but recently I’ve been listening to a LOT of rap. Which I have newly discovered, thanks to Chris and The Roots, has the potential to be very very cool.  My musical journey has brought to my attention an important album that has endeared both critics and myself, an epic sci-fi hip hop space opera called Deltron 3030.

Deltron consists of three very influential figures in the music industry: Dan the Automater, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, and DJ Kid Koala.  These names should be familiar to anyone who has been following music in the last ten years.  Why? These three men were the head honcho’s on Damon Albarn’s legendary Gorillaz project.  Any fan of the Gorillaz which, *ahem*, should be all of you reading, owes it to himself to check out what is the spiritual predecessor to one of the greatest pop albums of all time.  In fact, Damon Albarn, who collaborates on the track “Time Keeps On Slipping”, as well as bookending the album, has said in various interviews that his work on the track is what led him to create Gorillaz.

Sonically the album is pretty expansive and sounds exactly the way you would imagine the year 3030.  Cowboy Bebop and Blade Runner would be at home in the world of Deltron, and fortunately for us, we’re invited too.  The album isn’t exactly diverse, but it manages to hold even a casual listener’s attention.  The beats are fresh, the production is grungy, and the lyrics range from silly science fiction fantasies to serious political commentary.  In all honesty, Del could probably rap about anything and make it interesting.  One for the Iron Man in all of us.

– Jack


Birth of a Blog

From the Fringe has officially become a reality – proof that my promises do hold merit…they just might not be fulfilled for a couple of years. hah. But hey, get excited. If this goes as envisioned, its gonna be pretty sweet. For those of you new to the concept, I’ve written a brief description on the “About us” page.

But here goes the first blog post. And what better way to start off than with some classic Roots? That’s right Illadelph Halflife, the 1996 Rap epic from one of Philly’s most accomplished and experimental music groups. The album itself is extremely diverse in content, style, and feeling (in a way a metaphor for what I hope this site will become). The Roots have much to explore, ranging from political and civil rights to simple, entertaining wordplay. But for me, the Jazz vibe is what makes the album. Its the perfect kickback record – lyrically serious enough to stand on its own but also relaxing enough to provide some chill ass background tunage. This is real Hip-Hop, with an actual band rather than sampled beats. I know the Roots have sold out lately by kicking it on Jimmy Fallon, but hey, we know its all about the 90’s Roots.

– Chris


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