Dilated Peoples are back and they are bringing the heat out of the vault with their new album Directors of Photography. Evidence, DJ Babu and Rakaa have released four acclaimed albums, toured extensively and enjoyed sustained success as solo artists. This is the group’s fifth album overall, following 2000’s The Platform, 2001’s Expansion Team, 2004’s Neighborhood Watch, and 2006’s 20/20. They reunite on this project to bring us new music under the Expansion Team/Rhymesayers Entertainment banner.
We got the chance to sit and talk to Evidence and DJ Babu a few days ago to talk about the new album, their touring schedule and more which you can view in Part 1 of our interview here. Dilated Peoples new album, Directors of Photography drops on August 12th in stores and on iTunes. We received an early copy of the album to review and we were instantly hooked.
Dilated’s Directors Of Photography cover art was shot by Brian “B+” Cross. The new album is nothing but authentic Hip Hop and as the music industry conforms to the new standard of commercial music, these guys maintain a strong presence with their powerful tracks. The second track ‘Directors’ was the perfect song to set off the album introducing Dilated Peoples back into the game. DJ Babu adds his secret touch with the scratches on the records giving such an authentic feel as you listen to the project.
Each song delivers a unique vibe as ‘Century of the Self’ offers a melodic anthem. The beats on the album fit effortlessly with the rhymes that flow over them. The Evidence Interlude gives you comic relief from the perspective of the artist, which we thought was quite clever. And, he went crazy on ‘The Reversal’ track, the verses were bananas!! The track ‘L.A. River Drive’ is a favorite and ‘The Bigger Picture’ has a dope sample that brings the beat to life! Overall, we give the project an 8 1/2 out of 10 rating, this album will definitely remain in our playlist.
Make sure you pick up your copy of Dilated Peoples new album, Directors of Photography on August 12th via iTunes, click here.
“Put a stage on the Yacht, I rock a boat out in Bristol..” -Evidence, ‘The Reversal’ (Directors of Photography)
Dilated Peoples – Directors of Photography
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 (Melvins 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
15) L.A. River Drive feat. Sick Jacken
16) The Bigger Picture feat. Krondon