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The Release Party is a DVD documentary looking back at the trials and tribulations of Dilated Peoples, an underground rap sensation that languished on a major label for several years despite showing so much promise as an independent act that they had their pick of major-label offers from which to choose. In a way, the film is a celebration of Dilated Peoples' long-awaited return to the underground circa 2007, the title referencing the group's release from their contract with Capitol Records. Anyone who is a fan of the group — or simply a fan of hip-hop, for that matter — will find much to appreciate here. The film is directed by Jason Goldwatch, a longtime friend of the group who interweaves home-video footage with archival material. Besides offering an intimate look at Evidence, Rakaa, and Babu (i.e., the three members comprising Dilated Peoples), there are plenty of guest appearances from some of underground rap's leading stars, along with more mainstream artists like Prodigy (of Mobb Deep) and Kanye West.

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Has It All

Really good dilated hip-hop right here. Has a wider variety from what they normaly do and even had some alchemist to the mix, for sure worth the check out.


The remixes and b sides are bangin on people. This is definetly a must have but the physical version comes with the full length DVD which is extremely well done. You get to hear about their struggles with Capitol Records, the hardships of touring, and how the group got together in the first place. DEFINETLY A MUST HAVE but make sure you cop the version that comes with the movie!




Formed: 1992 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

With just a few (mostly underground) releases, Dilated Peoples energized the rap underground in similar fashion to fellow West Coast crew Jurassic 5. The duo of Evidence and Rakaa came together in the mid-'90s, when they met at many of the same hip-hop shows; after deciding to start making tracks together, they formed Dilated Peoples. Once they added to the fold an excellent turntablist, DJ Babu of the Beat Junkies, Dilated Peoples recorded the singles "Third Degree" and "Work the Angles" for ABB...
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