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Directors of Photography

Dilated Peoples Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 12, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhymesayers
  • ASIN: B00L5J4RMW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Directors
3. Cut My Teeth
4. Defari Interlude
5. The Dark Room feat. Vince Staples
6. Good As Gone
7. Show Me The Way feat. Aloe Blacc
8. Figure It Out (Melvin's Theme)
9. Let Your Thoughts Fly Away
10. Century Of The Self feat. Catero
11. @mrevidence Interlude
12. The Reversal
13. Opinions May Vary feat. Gangrene
14. Trouble
15. L.A. River Drive feat. Sick Jacken
16. The Bigger Picture feat. Krondon

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Dilated Peoples' 2014 album.

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5.0 out of 5 stars How to Expand Your Lens with Focus August 12, 2014
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Fifteen-years ago, this crew held down the titular track for one of the most prolific compilations ever offered the hip-hop community: the legendary Soundbombing II. That project is where I first heard of these left-coast cats, and I knew immediately what was up! The first two albums were purchased without hesitation; I would constantly search for their guest-spots and production contributions elsewhere, and would spread the word to know-not's. Their vision by 20/20 was not very clear though, as their consummate style seemed to be loosening up more than a bit. Most of the side-projects only reminded me of what those earlier works were like [salute to C&D and CoT, respectively]; and certainly heads pined for a freshly inspired sound, as a team once more. Eight-years later, all those growing pains and birth pangs developed into this gem.

What makes this album brilliant--and my pick for AOY-nomination--is the intricacy of detail and maintenance of overall focus; while not being a concept piece, it definitely holds an understated thematic/sonic scope (hence the title). Cohesion with substance and nuance are rare project finds for any genre of music, artist or group. There has to be an obsession for keeping `The Bigger Picture' in view amidst the setting of foundation pieces in the structure, as it were (pun intended, but doubly so given the fact that on the regular edition, the aforementioned track closes the work with the genuine feeling of an end-credits song).
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Directors have developed a quality portrait August 14, 2014
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Classic effort right here. I love that Evidence, Rakaa, Babu, and their associates have fallen right back in to their rightful places. Phenomenal production, rhymes and cohesiveness make this a must have. Get the bonus track edition.
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The California trio Dilated Peoples got off to a rocky start earlier in their career. Originally signed to Immortal/Epic Records, they were planning to release their debut in 1995- that is, until it got shelved by the label. They went to the indie label ABB Records and released a few 12 inch singles here and there, while group member Evidence produced one-third of Defari's 1998 debut "Focused Daily". They raised their profile by appearing on the Gold-selling Rawkus compilation "Soundbombing II". That appearance led to them being signed to Capitol Records where in 2000, they released their formal debut- the critically acclaimed "The Platform". 2001 saw the release of their sophomore effort "Expansion Team" and three years later, followed the somewhat commercial "Neighborhood Watch". In 2006, they released what became their final album for Capitol, "20/20". In 2007, Evidence released his solo debut "The Weatherman LP", while Rakaa released "Crown Of Thorns" a few years later. Within that time, the group's future was up in the air- even amongst the members themselves. Things started to change when Evidence signed with Rhymesayers to release "Cats & Dogs". Not only did the label sign him, but also the group- and so began the journey into their first album in nearly a decade, "Directors Of Photography".

While most of Dilated Peoples' albums were helmed primarily by Evidence and The Alchemist, this time around their production contributions amount to very little. Evidence produces the title track, the Vince Staples assisted "The Dark Room" and two interludes, while The Alchemist oversees the Sick Jacken featured "L.A. River Drive" and the track recalling their formative years in their hometowns "Cut My Teeth".
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5.0 out of 5 stars and is quickly becoming my favorite release thus far August 16, 2014
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Dilated coming back stronger then ever. This is on heavy rotation, and is quickly becoming my favorite release thus far. Support independent and "real" hip hop. Evidence, Rakka, and DJ Babu are at the top of their game and only seem to be getting better.
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