Event II - BULK
FILTER Grade: 84%
By Zack Kraimer on October 1, 2013
Del the Funky Homosapien is never short of words, but gleaning a storyline from rapidfire, scientific-sounding rhymes isn’t always easy. Event II is Del, producer Dan the Automator and turntablist Kid Koala’s long-awaited follow-up to their collaborative, landmark Deltron 3030 from 2000, and while this high-concept hip-hopera has all the post-apocalyptic, futurist theatricality of the former, it’s not quite as grandiose or hard-hitting.
The narrative here isn’t a linear story progression, but that’s not the aim—it’s meant to relay a very particular emotional terrain. More emphasis seems to have been placed on the concept’s ideology than its execution, which can be problematic for a genre as straightforward as hip-hop. When Del isn’t spitting fire about this future Earth’s dystopian despair, he’s delivering the same sincere goofiness (and somehow non-contradictory smoothness) that made him so endearing to begin with. Placements from actors and a celebrity chef (Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Davids Cross and Chang, respectively) fuel Event II’s thematic bent, and Damon Albarn, Emily Wells, Zach de la Rocha and—in spite of themselves—The Lonely Island excel behind the mic. Event II is a satisfactory sequel, if not quite a gem on its own merit.