20 Songs, 1 Hour, 10 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known as one-third of Los Angeles hip-hop mainstays Dilated Peoples, Evidence has been putting out records since 1997 after growing up in Venice Beach, writing graffiti and learning the beatmaking ropes from next-door neighbor QD3. Outside of Dilated he’s also a formidable producer; on the solo tip he dropped The Weatherman LP in 2007 and The Layover EP the following year and has kept busy with mixtapes and instrumental projects. On Cats & Dogs, he delivers 20 rock-solid joints produced by some of the best in the business, including longtime homies Alchemist, Sid Roams, and DJ Babu, as well as DJ Premier, Statik Selektah, and Khrysis. Step Brothers (his new group with Al) shines on "James Hendrix"; Raekwon and Ras Kass join the fray on "The Red Carpet"; Queens superthugs Prodigy and Roc Marciano show up for "Fame"; and subterranean superstars Slug and Aesop Rock do their thing on "Late for the Sky." Ev's signature straightforward flow is in full effect, and it’s buoyed by strong beats and quality features throughout. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known as one-third of Los Angeles hip-hop mainstays Dilated Peoples, Evidence has been putting out records since 1997 after growing up in Venice Beach, writing graffiti and learning the beatmaking ropes from next-door neighbor QD3. Outside of Dilated he’s also a formidable producer; on the solo tip he dropped The Weatherman LP in 2007 and The Layover EP the following year and has kept busy with mixtapes and instrumental projects. On Cats & Dogs, he delivers 20 rock-solid joints produced by some of the best in the business, including longtime homies Alchemist, Sid Roams, and DJ Babu, as well as DJ Premier, Statik Selektah, and Khrysis. Step Brothers (his new group with Al) shines on "James Hendrix"; Raekwon and Ras Kass join the fray on "The Red Carpet"; Queens superthugs Prodigy and Roc Marciano show up for "Fame"; and subterranean superstars Slug and Aesop Rock do their thing on "Late for the Sky." Ev's signature straightforward flow is in full effect, and it’s buoyed by strong beats and quality features throughout. 

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About Evidence

One-third of the influential L.A. hip-hop group Dilated Peoples, Evidence was born Michael Perretta in Los Angeles, relocating from Santa Monica to Venice Beach with his mother when he was six, after his parents' divorce. Though Evidence was heavily into skating and graffiti while growing up, it wasn't until he was 12, when he moved next door to QDIII (Quincy Jones' son) and was able to see firsthand how beats were made and what it took to be a top-quality producer, that he began to be more interested in seriously pursuing music. He hooked up with MC Rakaa in 1992, and the duo released a few singles as Dilated Peoples (their first beats courtesy of QDIII) before adding DJ Babu in 1998. The group issued four albums (The Platform, Expansion Team, Neighborhood Watch, 20/20) on Capitol before splitting from them in 2006 and joining ABB. It was to that same label that Evidence turned for his solo album. Titled The Weatherman (a nickname a fan had given him early in his career), the record, something he had wanted to make since 2001 but had been unable to because of the contract with Capitol, was released in March 2007, and featured production from Evidence himself, Jake One, the Alchemist, and Babu, among others, and was followed by Red Tape Instrumentals, an album of beats, a few months later. In 2011 he returned with the album Cats & Dogs, featuring guests like Aloe Blacc, Raekwon, Slug, and Prodigy, along with production from the Alchemist, DJ Premier, DJ Babu, and others. ~ Marisa Brown

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