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Dilated Peoples: 20/20 [PA]

Track List

>Green Trees
>Back Again
>You Can't Hide, You Can't Run
>Alarm Clock Music
>Olde English
>Kindness for Weakness
>Another Sound Mission
>Rapid Transit
>Eyes Have It, The
>Satellite Radio
>Firepower (The Tables Have to Turn) - (Patois)
>One and Only, The

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Their fourth and most lucid effort, 20/20 contains thought-provoking concoctions like the minimalist backpacker anthem 'Back Again' and 'You Can't Hide, You Can't Run'. Capitol. 2006.

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (p.66) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Rakaa and Evidence spit rhymes that get political and social without skimping on punch lines, while DJ Babu cuts up beats generous enough for hip-hop connoisseurs."

Uncut (p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Consistently one of hip hop's finest live propositions, Dilated have refocused on the 'skills'..."

Album Notes

Dilated Peoples: Evidence , Rakaa, Babu.

Personnel: Dodee Westbeach, Simon Rex, Noelle, Kenny Morrison, Phil Da Agony (vocals); Jeff Babko (keyboards).

Additional personnel: Talib Kweli, Capleton (rap vocals).

Audio Mixers: Manny Marroquin; Dilated Peoples; Richard Huredia; Troy Staton.

Recording information: Al Gibbs Mobile Studio, Capelton's Room; Ameraycan Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Daddy's Room, Corona, CA; Soundproof East, Los Angeles, CA.

Dilated Peoples are one of the most creative and compelling underground crews in West Coast hip-hop, consistently striking a balance between laid-back grooves and intelligent street-savvy rhymes. 20/20 offers more of the same, albeit in a loose and freewheeling format. The album plays with a variety of styles and beats (some of which are provided by Alchemist), giving Evidence and Rakaa a chance to freestyle rather than stick to a script, and letting DJ Babu cut up something fierce on the turntables. While it may lack the focus of some of DP's other outings, it is still a fine example of L.A.'s underground sound, and guest spots from Talib Kweli and dancehall star Capelton help sweeten the pot.


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