DILATED PEOPLES -
Expansion Team |
Review By: Lord Smeely
I'm back, with another review. This
time, I'ma hit y'all up with another tight LP by the Dilated Peoples. These
cats are from the left coast, but they don't fit into that West coast
stereotype. The trio, composed of Evidence, Iriscience and Babu, create a
different, unique mix of dope rhymes, mixed with bangin' beats and some great
cutting and scratching.
They call L.A. home, but can't be considered gangsta rap like many artists
from the same city and it's impossible to locate a gangsta track on Expansion
Team, which is neither good, or bad.
They are backed up by great production, from the likes of Babu, The Alchemist,
DJ Premier, Da Beatminerz, Juju of the Beatnuts, ?uestlove, Joey Chavez and
even Evidence gets into the mix. I must note that there is not a weak beat on
this entire album with the exception of the track, "Heavy Rotation." I'm just
not feelin' that beat for some reason, but the rhymes are ill enough to hold
down a solid track. For the hottest beats, peep, "Worst Comes To Worst,"
"Proper Propaganda," "War," and "Hard Hitters." The beat for "War" is amazing.
It is one of the most unique and original beats I've heard in a long time.
One thing I love about this disc is that there are no true skits. The
interludes are pretty much tracks, and they hold their own, plus, they decided
not to include an into and an outro which is a great decision. I also must
commend them for the sickeningly ill scratching on this disc. It is record
cutting perfection my friends. Peep track 9, called, "Dilated Junkies" for the
As far as the lyrics go, there is nothing to complain about on this album.
They even cover subjects such as the necessary evil known as money, on the
track, "Trade Money." They discuss the bad effects of war, on the track so
aptly titled, "War." Another socially conscious track is, "Proper Propaganda."
I definitely consider that track among the album's, standouts. Also, I would
definitely place "War" on the list. Other standout tracks include, "Worst
Comes To Worst," "Trade Money" and "Panic."
This album is really hip-hop in it's most basic real form. It's raw, uncut and
no punches are pulled. It's classic, stripped down rap music and I love it.
It's not for everybody as they don't include any of those club songs to grab
sales. The little girls looking for a pop rap record can go buy some Ja Rule
because this record is not for them. It's for the heads, the cats who
appreciate the old days when hip-hop was fresh, original and fun. I definitely
recommend this album to anybody out here who is a true fan of rap, because you
will be feelin' this album fo' sho'. It's not a perfect record, but it's a
good record. The only tracks I'm not truly feelin', are "Heavy Rotation,"
featuring Tha Liks, and "Night Life." They are still aiight songs but not at
the level to be called ill. So, to conclude, I want you to go and at least
give this album a thorough listen because odds are, if you took the time visit
this site, you'll like it. As Iriscience says on "Hard Hitters,
"Misunderstandings go back to the blues but ah/There ain't nothing like hip
hop music." And "Expansion Team" is hip hop music indeed.