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DILATED PEOPLES: Directors Of Photography (2014)

Directors Of Photography Dilated PeoplesAnd so veteran L.A. hip-hop crew Dilated Peoples – contemporaries of J5, People Under The Stairs and the like – return with long overdue fifth studio full length Directors Of Photography. Dilated’s career is one that can broadly be divided into two distinct eras – the boom-bap of the first two (official) LPs The Platform and Expansion Team on the one hand and everything else (more new
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DILATED PEOPLES feat. ALOE BLACC: Show Me The Way (prod. JAKE ONE)(2014) + video

Show Me The Way Dilated PeoplesHot on the heels of previous single (the Premier-produce Good As Gone) comes…why – another single! This time around West Coast underground legends Dilated Peoples do the do atop the Jake One-produced Show Me The Way featuring a hook sung by one Aloe Blacc – presumably in need of a dollar or if not – at least aiming to help Rakaa, Evidence and Babu get hold of a few. This time
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DILATED PEOPLES: Good As Gone (2014) + video + US/ Europe tour dates

Good As Gone Dilated PeoplesA while back, press releases gave out that the forthcoming Dilated Peoples LP Directors Of Photography was due in 2012. When that didn’t happen, it was all ‘it’ll be out in 2013’. Since that didn’t happen either, the new rumour is that it will be out in 2014. What makes the oft-repeated news more plausible this time is that it’s accompanied by both a single (Good As Gone), a video and a drop date for the
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BROTHER ALI: Added to DILATED PEOPLES’ European tour (2013) + ‘Left In The Deck’ video

Dilated Peoples are now on Atmosphere’s Rhymesayers label and will be joined by labelmate Brother Ali for their forthcoming European tour in November. The tour seems to be this year’s contribution to the annual promotional flurry about the release of Dilated Peoples’ first LP since 2006 – Directors Of Photography – which seems to have been about to come out since – well 2006. If I was
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ILLNAUGHTY: Melodic Chamber (2012)

West Coast producer Illnaughty is yet another signing to Dizzy Dustin’s Kamikazi Airlines label – currently repping the sound of the west coast underground. Or at least the Long Beach part of it. But as with Dizzy’s side project Blown Celeb – you can put Ugly Duckling-style, old school, cartoon, party cuts from your mind. In fact – you know that bit on Training Day when Denzel Washington’s
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DILATED PEOPLES: New LP ‘Directors Of Photography’ set for 2013 release

Last I heard, celebrated ‘underground’ LA hip-hop trio Dilated Peoples were due to release their fifth official studio LP this year. It transpires (in time-honoured rap fashion) that there might a slight delay. Why? Because they’ve not actually recorded it yet. The PR in my inbox suggests we might expect the goods some time in spring next year despite the fact that they’ve had a name for it
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DILATED PEOPLES: European tour (2012)

It says here that, ”since their inception, Dilated Peoples have been energizing the rap underground.” I was surprised to learn that they were still energizing anything since their last LP was six years ago and the last thing of any actual note that they did was This Way back in 2004. Still, on the scale of criminal porkies it’s hardly ‘they definitely have weapons of mass destruction,’ ‘the economy’s fine’ or ‘yes, I do deserve my obscene
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EVIDENCE: It Wasn’t Me (2011) video + ‘Cats & Dogs’ LP audio

Dilated Peoples’ rapper Evidence releases the video to It Wasn’t Me from his just released and long-awaited Cats And Dogs LP and as you might expect the lyrics find him engaged in some extended denial of responsibility. Texting other women besides the one he’s seeing? Tagging some building? Making slightly watered down versions of the sort of hip-hop he was doing ten years ago. He denies it all – oh wait – not the last one
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EVIDENCE: ‘You’ (prod. DJ Premier) (2011) video

Hot on the tail of the Fashawn featuring Same Folks comes another video from Dilated Peoples emcee/ producer Evidence. You (for such is the track’s name) features a Premo beat that DJ Premier himself premiered on his radio show last week. Try saying that when you’re pissed. Actually for a Premo beat it’s a dead ringer for a Platform/ Expansion Team-era Dilated beat. Which is nice
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RHYMESAYERS PRESENT: The Rhymesayers European Tour – Atmosphere/ Brother Ali/ Evidence (of Dilated Peoples) / Blueprint/ Grieves & Budo (2011)

Rhymesayers? They’re not law obeyers they’re non-stop rhythm rock poetry sayers and they’ll be proving it by invading Europe this November starting in London. Actually they probably are law obeyers, that bit just sounded good. Yes, this autumn is all about emo-hoppers Atmosphere and various homies from the underground behemoth of a label that Atmosphere founded: Brother Ali, Evidence, Blueprint and Grieves and Budo
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