DILATED PEOPLES -
Release Date : February 21st 2006
Label : Capitol Records
This album leads off with a little piece of the past as Dr. Greenthumb (“Are
you a real doctor, dude?”) makes his first appearance since Cypress Hill’s
“Temples of Boom.”
I have to admit, I didn’t really take to this album at first, however it
really grows on you after a while. The album is lead by the first track and
single “Back Again,” and I’m definitely feelin’ it. The beat is on par with
material from Alchemist or DJ Muggs, and I love the samples that make up the
“You Can’t Hide, You Can’t Run” is next up and again its dope material too.
Tracks like this are where you really get a feeling for what Dilated is all
about. They almost sound like the local dudes you can go see around the corner
at a bar in any town. There’s nothing commercial about it, it’s real raw
hip-hop and you have to respect that from a commercially accepted collective.
I also like the track “Another Sound Mission.” The beat almost reminds me of
that old Master P joint, “Pass me the green, I need some weed with my
“Rapid Transit” the single’s B-Side is another dope track with some nice
”I’m dead serious, you f----- with best damn rap show, period.
Go strong, till I’m delirious, on the international stage, like people here it
(Right Here) From LAX, word-wide direct, where the flights connect
Got the right to vote and will elect, and these labels can’t stand us but give
Every where we go now
Move through the city, got a crew and tools to use with me
Cats got weak s---, come at me with a better line,
I don’t respect rappers, I respect Kevin Federline
Karma’s good, judge slams the hammer, I got 16 on deck like Joe Montana.”
There are a number of tracks that really do not stand out, and that’s what
brings this album’s score down, at least in my eyes. There are only 13 total
cuts and that’s including the intro, so it’s a relatively short album so if
the music is all quality it makes for classic material but unfortunately - its
not. It’s not that they’re bad; I’m just not really feelin’em. I like the fact
that they aren’t afraid to get political (“Sharpest beats, broadcast from
Jupiter, got boots on, now we know Bush is Lucifer”) and they do talk about
subjects most rappers are afraid to even touch on but on many tracks they miss
that cutting edge.
The song “Alarm Clock Music” really gets on my nerves. I don’t like the beat
or the hook at all. That goes double for “The One And Only.” I know the point
is to be off-key, but it just doesn’t work for me.
The title track, “20/20,” is definitely a favorite of mine. The beat bangs and
the lyrics are on point. Whenever I review a CD, I always make sure that I
listen to it in my car too. Everyone who has a system knows exactly what I’m
talking about. Make sure you play this one in your whip – It bangs!
That brings me to the absolute – far and away – best track on the album.
Actually scrap that - One of the BEST tracks I’ve heard in a long time, on ANY
album, that accolade goes to “Kindness For Weakness,” featuring Talib Kweli.
You know when you find that new song that you’re just flippin’ over and you
can’t wait to play it for your peoples? You know they ain’t heard it yet
because it’s brand new, but you know how tight it is. Just to see the look on
their face when you start jumpin’ it and they like, “Yo, who the hell is
that?” That is this song! All the true music fans out there know exactly what
I’m talking about. Words can’t even describe how dope this song is, the beat,
the hook, the lyrics, all of it. This track makes the album, so if you’re
debating on whether to cop this album or not, “Kindness For Weakness” is worth
whatever they’re taxing you at the music store, no doubt.