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20 Definitive Blerd Rap Albums

11. Deltron – Deltron 3030 (2000)

 I used to be a mech soldier, but I couldn’t respect orders 
 I had to step forward, tell’em this ain’t for us. 

Dan The Automator returned for a less problematic concept record than Dr. Octagon, collaborating with West Coast rap legend Del The Funky Homosapien and DJ Kid Koala. Influenced by the anxiety brought on by the dawn of a new millennium, Deltron 3030 paints a bleak, oppressive 30th century dystopia that is decimated by climate change and corporate control. In many ways, that anxiety is stronger today. Del plays Deltron Zero, a former mech pilot freedom fighter whose is also a master computer hacker.

And of course Deltron is also a master MC. This is Del in his prime, flowing beautifully over every track with his ever distinct voice and cadence. He paints murals of the cyberpunk fantasy world he inhabits with incredible charisma and vivid imagery.

With its music featured in several extreme sports games, this Afrofuturist album – the first of its kind in rap – was a gateway for many into underground and alternative hip-hop. Like Dr. Octagon, there hasn’t been a project of its caliber since. — Brendon Spencer

Curator of the BlerdUp Podcast // Blerds out about: Comic Book Movies, Video Games, Hip-Hop, and Politics

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