Dilated Peoples :: 20/20Capitol RecordsAuthor: Steve 'Flash' JuonDilated Peoples has one of the strongest followings in underground rap, but it's a little perplexing to define them as "underground" when all three previous albums from "The Platform" to "Expansion Team" were released on Capitol Records. Underground? Only if you can describe the Beastie Boys, Faith Evans, and Coldplay as underground. In fact with that kind of financial backing and marketing muscle you would expect Dilated Peoples to be a household name.
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.