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Album Review

According to some pre-release interviews, Dilated Peoples member Evidence sees 20/20 as one of the more casual full-lengths from the crew. The album wasn't built as a traditional album, but rather a collection of tracks, or as Evidence puts it, 20/20 was "made on a 12'' mentality." It's a great analogy really, since the track list bounces between outstanding and hypothetical A-sides — the body-moving "Back Again," the fiery "Alarm Clock Music," and "Kindness for Weakness," which features guest Talib Kweli along with some of DJ Babu's fiercest scratches — and the more word-filled, almost freestyle B-sides that could accompany them. 20/20 flows like a compilation of street tracks, which is quite an achievement when you consider the group is still signed to major label Capitol. Only two tracks feature the work of producer Alchemist — "Back Again" and the title track — which might be a disappointment for some, but Evidence and Babu are up to the challenge of an increased workload and offer lean loops that recall their debut. Unfortunately, a team-up with Capleton feels forced, as the reggae revolutionary isn't given much to do. For hardcore fans, it's the lone disappointment, and while 20/20 might be a shade too unambitious for casual listeners expecting another Expansion Team, DP heads looking to kick back and listen get plenty of pure underground to devour.


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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