Delta is a living hip hop legend. Known globally for his razor-sharp rhymes, allegiance to hip hop culture and perfectionism, Delta has been honing his craft for over 20 years.
On the 14th of February 2014 Delta will be releasing his third album Pyramid Schemes, five years after sophomore album The Second Story was released.
Demonstrative of his formidable creative flair, Pyramid Schemes is an opus to behold for any hip hop enthusiast. For listeners less familiar with the genre, Deltaepitomises what hip hop is about; intelligent lyricism, selection and structure of quality beats, and honouring the genre in its purest form.
Pyramid Schemes showcases Delta’s expansive musical understanding combining elements of jazz, rock, funk, and soul served with a large side of hip hop. The majority of the beats have been produced by Delta, with the additional guest producers being his long time partner in crime Mark B (UK), and Amed of the all mighty DITC /Wildlife family (USA).
Vocal guests include Melbourne soul songstress Candice Monique, Brisbane king Lazy Grey, Peter Tilbrook of the legendary band the Masters Apprentices, the unstoppable Mojo the Cinematic and Milano Constantine (USA) and forewords by scene pioneer Kool Herc (USA).
‘Still Kings’ is a sequel to Delta’s oz hip hop anthem ‘For the Kings’, which was the title track on Culture of Kings 2 in 2002. The compilation was the first oz hip hop album to achieve triple j’s album of the week, and for many, ‘For the Kings’ is the first Australian hip hop song they had ever heard.
Another shining moment on Pyramid Schemes is ‘A Mad Man Roams Tonight’. The track samples a long forgotten single from 1971 by Australian rock stalwart Peter Tilbrook of the band The Masters Apprentices. Delta had heard about this famous vinyl rarity for years, and after decades of searching he found a copy. Deltarang Peter to ask if he could sample the song shortly after the two had met at a garage sale at Peter’s home! Not only did Peter agree, but offered to hit the studio and record his original chorus to seal the deal.
Delta prides himself on creating classic hip hop; sample-heavy and lyrical with “no filler and no scams”. As a writer he is famous for delivering songs with a crucial element of sentimentality and cultural nostalgia, evoking emotion in his listeners and inviting them to lose themselves within his lyrical themes, and concepts.Pyramid Schemes is a pinnacle release for hip hop worldwide, and another master achievement for Delta.
“It is great to see Obese distribution making sure that my music reaches Australian listeners who may not be familiar with my music until now. It has all come full circle after my song ‘For the Kings’ was put in record stores by Obese 12 years ago.”
1. PYRAMID SCHEMES
2. GOURMET (featuring MOJO THE CINEMATIC AND MILANO CONSTANTINE)
3. ALIEN (Foreword by KOOL HERC)
4. MISSING LINK (Produced by AMED (DITC)
5. NO WORRIES (Feat CANDICE MONIQUE )
6. A MADMAN ROAMS TONIGHT (Featuring PETER TILBROOK of THE MASTERS APPRENTICES)
7. OCCULT WISDOM (Featuring LAZY GREY )
8. FITS OF RAGE
9. CARRY ON (Produced by MARK B)
10. STILL KINGS
11. THIRTY THREE & A THIRD
12. MAD MAX