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Deltron 3030’s sci-fi concept takes hip-hop to loftier levels

The future is now

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“We work together and feed off of each other, but Del’s vocabulary is far superior to mine,” Nakamura laughs. “In a different time, he would have been a crazy writer or poet. He has this magical quality for lyrical wordplay. I make music that sticks with people and then 10 years later they figure it out, just like Del writes lyrics that 10 years later I finally figure out.” But Del emphasizes that his Deltron Zero character doesn’t represent a big stretch for him. “Although Deltron Zero is presented as a character, I’m giving you what I really feel about the situation, whether it’s now or 1,000 years from now. I’m not a different person than I am on my record. Rap is so reality-based that it helps if you are a little bit of the person that you bragging about. And some people out there are not one iota that person. They completely fake – just spitting hot air.”

Del and Nakamura both had plenty more to say about the current state of hip-hop and their perpetual roles as “alt-rap” outsiders. “To me, hip-hop is so insular,” Del says. “It’s like a secret society: You either in or you out, and there are certain ways you supposed to sound. As far as [Deltron’s] music is concerned, we definitely outsiders.”

Riffing on the pluses and minuses of Jay-Z, Master P and Cash Money Records, Nakamura adds, “With hip-hop, you have the bright spots and the status quo. I don’t need to keep hearing about your money or your bitches. It’s the same with all music in general. The kids will always have their One Directions. So in terms of manufacturing characters and personae, even though we’re 1,000 years in the future [with Deltron], we’re more realistic than Lady Gaga or Katy Perry. We’re at least talking about stuff that’s real.”

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