Exclaim!'s Best of 2013: Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums

10. Deltron 3030
Event II

It's been more than ten years since Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator and Kid Koala dropped their debut album as supergroup Deltron 3030, and almost as many since they began recording follow-up album Event II. Still, the time was well used by Del for research, as he adds extra depth to the post-apocalyptic imagery that made the first album so successful. This time, it's the concerns of our current world that are exaggerated into the problems of Del's dystopian future; he reveals them as the endpoint of a linear narrative from our time to his, serving as a warning for the world we might become. In this new world, Del and his ragtag collection of misfits are armed with hi-tech weaponry versus the powerful 1% who have decimated the earth.

The epic story and vivid imagery are matched by Dan's cinematic production, his samples layered to create movement within the music, giving the album a lush, orchestral sound backed by boom bap drums, while Kid Koala's cuts add a subtle layer of atmosphere. An ambitious effort that lives up to the hype Event II is that rare release that works as both a fun listen and a cautionary tale. (Thomas Quinlan)