Metaphors, satires, double entendres, commentaries of dynamic subtlety and more and more things niggers ain’t supposed to know about. Let alone, generate, manipulate and perform masterfully on these records they steal other folks’ music on. But our people are disrespected so much even we can only seem to humanize ourselves by taking out the e.ducation and the r.espect from nigg and let them think we got a.lot of shit to learn still…Is it the submissive humility of the heathen savage subject or the cleverness of the rebel prior to the eve of revolt? Never ignorant getting goals accomplished, Del the Funky Homosapien is one of these great MC scribes that have dominated the music with amazing performances of character, technique and natural ability that is only slightly acknowledged.
With a deep catalog of solo LPs with all feats of persona, focused methods and deliberate themes and/or battle targets, Del’s Deltron 3030 was one of the classics. The 2000 debut was the quintessential metaphor for the impending doom of civilization and the need to unite humanity for a new directive. All the commentaries were relevant to the Bush era we were diving into and sadly near complete in relevance in the coming Obama age. In this current epoch of neo-change and quasi-post racial rhetoric of a pseudo-elevated society, the Black/Brown/urban forums of dissent are denatured (i.e. yelawolf, drake, macklemore, kanye,etc.) pathetically. The world can rap now but they really can’t MC. Thus, the surrounding environment for Event 2 is far more brutal than its debut.
The destitute of the times of 2013 are revealed in the expectations that included dismissals of Del’s heavy quantity of solid and incredible works since 2000 and the cult reverence that exists for Deltron 3030 for diluted reasons. Throughout the Deltron discussions, the talk of emo-nerd legend debut status is conferred and so the niche market that took it is who this sequel is mainly produced for. For this writer, it affects Dan the Automator, who deliberately is underproducing (to conceal ruggedness) an album that is over stocked with a whole bunch of actors and performers that highlight the gimmick of the futuristic sci-fi cipher and not the depth of its grim satire. So the beats are filled with white actors of note and the accompanying supposedly progressive “prog-rock” musical themes. Only the Black root genres of music are sufficient to mine endless diversity to the breakbeat if that rule even ought to be. So Dan the Automator will make the mistakes ?uestlove has made with that last three The Roots albums, by overbearingly using prog-rock vocals to a monotony of few highs.
“What is the Loneliness” is a slow tempo steady break with unique hanging guitar plucks and space warping hooks that bail for the depressed rock croon chorus. The rock chorus of “Do You Remember” is outworked by a drums perfectly driven by Del’s verses aside the opera wailing in the far distance. Ultimately, the excessive alternative/rock is a bland constriction in Dan the Automator’s sampling. The results of the cult following opening the way for countless guests of pop/ular note stifle that next shit opportunity. So the best tracks are in utilizing the sound supremacy notes of the debut. The greatest strength often was the horn work and “The Agony” mixes in the odd chipmunk chorus with tough horn blasts. “Pay the Price” has an exact pacing that would find a home on the debut while the strong cuts are also utilized again strongly as on “City Rising From the Ashes.” The mere sampling of Kool Keith is the perfect choice for a thematic album blessed in oddity making “Talent Supercedes” flourish on another of the steady upper mid-tempo songs guided by funky guitar riffs. Dan the Automator is still an incredible beat maker as his beat roughness is deep inside the slightly glazed tracks.
Now if the highest measure of Hip Hop production is in the coaxing of the best of an MC then Dan the Automator succeeds powerfully. Event 2 has received lots of dismissals and the biggest bullshit is the idea that Del is less “fun.” In today’s cipher, Drake and Nicki Minaj are fun. Men dancing on lilies as they lullaby effeminate pimping hopes and our women Europeanizing their beauty to be honored as the ancestors of twerking is all that disposable fun. Event 2 is just as disposable if “fun” is obsessed over the content. The future of this music is where Del speaks from honoring the metaphor that we are absolutely suffering through to a deeper tone. This tone is personified in relationship to music/Art creating on “Pay The Price” where Del verses, “…Beliefs have infinite room for manipulation/Now that be so corny/Universal law is my core link/I wanted to talk, more of the people/He said “For what? duh, we all equal”/Everywhere I smell the place stink/And I told him man, “Seems like y’all gotta think big.”/I said introduce deeper concepts/He told me “Hell nah fool, it wouldn’t profit”/”What do you mean it wouldn’t?””
A full-fledged superhero (“Nobody Can”) the battle tracks are sharp and diverse as the metaphor extends (“What is This Loneliness”). We may call Deltron an anti-hero because the time he is from ignorance is the way and so his contributions are not acceptable or openly desired. This open war against the matrix makes this album tough as one of Hip Hop/Rock’s great symbols of revolution, that Brown brother Zach De La Rocha violently chorusing through strong Del hero-commentary on “Melding of the Minds” (“Deltron Osiris, I’m ruling the underworld/All mentally dead, arrise and confer… Cleverly disguised as rap format/But actually a weapon against psychic attack”). The details of the Matrix are given understanding on “Look Across the Sky” as Deltron trials through massive recession that mirrors this Obama epoch. Destroying the Matrix, Del points out a choice of principle because in these future times, complacency is worthless anyway (“The effect is widespread, you suffer slow;/ whether you are with the government’s corruption or opposed the squad/You still go through hard times/ that’s why Deltron is walking on the war line/Ostracized, but then I got inside…”).
Del is one of Hip Hop’s greatest MCs, dismissed by his albums of funk excursion themes and other clichés thrust on him. However, his intelligence deserves as much credit as his charisma. His melodically rhythmic lyrical dexterity is a supreme element of his work as much as his dynamic personas achieved. And as Event 2 reveals, his diversity in content ought to be lauded as much as his odd punchlines and intriguing fluctuations. On Event 2, that is all here summated by an arcane detail mixed with world issues that have happened to spell the impending doom of this storied future. The entire relevance of the Hip Hop metaphor for us is then in that final track, “Do You Remember.” When Del flows the chorus, in smooth reminisce…
“(Do you remember?) As a child how your wild imagination
Led you to great discoveries and places
(Do you remember?) Innocence in your heart
Before prejudice could spark a cold flame in the dark
(Do you remember?) How you pushed and kept pushing
‘Til you broke through when nobody was looking
(Do you remember?) Not to get into nostalgia
But some of those things had value”
…it is the epitome of this culture’s great principle it seeks to foment, develop and unleash—pure idealism in the recognition of principles through creative measures. Unleashing “Deltron, a respected hero/Before retirement to the underground, below zero…But electrical currents run through my bars/Produces electric shock if you try to escape the bond/High voltage prods are used to control the eyes/Renew a process, erase memories of all/Like guidance and calmness suggested a new society/Unrelated to criminal acts of the high and mighty/Oppressors who contest our every motion/Controlling our every motion with hyperactive convulsions…,” Del’s ideas are all insightful, relevant and hard hitting commentary today. The “fun” that is missed is that this Hip Hop shit is real and the satires aren’t funny for Black/Brown/Yellow/poor folk deep in the matrix.
1000 plus years back to 2013 and 13 past the first event, this is what the fuck niggas really need this Hip Hop for. We may have done it for so many other reasons, been driven for so many different dividends but Art is not for oneself. It is for the others under and around you—the youth. And here the aged young lead the newest young. For Event 2, Del again drops these ideals beyond time and space powerfully.