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.
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'..."
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.