Dilated Peoples

Dilated Peoples

Biography

Dilated Peoples is an American hip hop group from Los Angeles, California. They achieved notability in the underground hip hop community, although they have had little mainstream success in the US, with the exception of the song "This Way", a 2004 collaboration with Kanye West, Xzibit, and John Legend appearing in the music video. Its members, DJ Babu from the DJ crew Beat Junkies; Evidence; and Rakaa joined together in 1992 and released "Third Degree" (1997) and "Work the Angles" (1998) on ABB Records, developing a solid fan base in the underground hip hop community. They had previously recorded an album titled Imagery, Battle Hymns & Political Poetry (1995) that was never released, although many fans still have it on bootlegged tapes. The group eventually signed with Capitol Records and released The Platform (2000) to more critical acclaim.

The second album, Expansion Team, was released in 2001 led by The Alchemist-produced "Worst Comes to Worst," which utilized a vocal sample from Mobb Deep's "Survival of the Fittest" and a musical sample from William Bell's "I Forgot to be Your Lover". Expansion Team debuted at #8 on the US Billboard R&B Albums chart and #36 on the Billboard 200. The group's third album, Neighborhood Watch, was released in 2004 and debuted at #55 on the Billboard 200, selling 143,000 copies in the United States. In addition to the Kanye West produced single, "This Way," it featured the singles "Who's Who?" and "Sorry? OK", which were also included as tracks on the Need for Speed: Underground and SSX 3 soundtracks, and peaked at #35 on the UK Singles Chart. The fourth album, 20/20, was released in 2006; the debut single, "Back Again", was featured on the Fight Night Round 3 soundtrack. This is the third EA Games soundtrack on which the group has been featured. "Back Again" is also featured on Sony's MLB 06: The Show. In 2012, they collaborated with Platinum Games to record the track "This is Madness" for the credits of the beat-'em-up video game, Anarchy Reigns. 20/20 was the group's "farewell" album on Capitol Records, ending a four album recording contract. They also work with the underground hip hop group, Global Warning, who originated in Anaheim

Dilated Peoples are affiliated with fellow West Coast hip hop group Tha Alkaholiks. The Liks appeared on The Platform on the track "Right On" and Expansion Team on "Heavy Rotation." The group also collaborated frequently with west coast emcees Defari and Amad Jamal (an Urban Umpires member) and helped to launch their careers. Defari made one appearance on each Dilated Peoples' album: "Ear Drums Pop (Remix)" on The Platform; "Defari Interlude" on Expansion Team; "Closed Session" on Neighborhood Watch; and "Olde English" on 20/20. Dilated Peoples also made multiple appearances on Defari's album Odds & Evens. Another Dilated associate is their long-time producer, the Alchemist, who produced five songs on The Platform, three songs on Expansion Team, four songs on Neighborhood Watch, and two songs on 20/20. Dilated Peoples were featured on a song on the Alchemists' 1st Infantry album. Rakaa has also made guest appearances on the songs "Trance Fat" on Looptroop's album, Good Things, "Zet 't Blauw" from Dutch rapper Jerome XL's album, De laatste dag and "Memory Fades" on St. Cule's album, American Beef.

Discography

Dilated Peoples - The Platform

Dilated Peoples - The Platform

Capitol Records 2000
Dilated Peoples - Expansion Team

Dilated Peoples - Expansion Team

Capitol Records 2001
Dilated Peoples - Neighborhood Watch

Dilated Peoples - Neighborhood Watch

Capitol Records 2003
Dilated Peoples - 20/20

Dilated Peoples - 20/20

Capitol Records 2006
Dilated Peoples - The Release Party

Dilated Peoples - The Release Party

Decon 2007
Dilated Peoples - Directors Of Photography

Dilated Peoples - Directors Of Photography

Rhymesayers Entertainment 2014

Guest Appearances

Rasco - Time Waits For No Man
  • Major League

Rasco - Time Waits For No Man

Stones Throw Records 1998
Lootpack - Soundpieces: Da Antidote
  • Long Awaited

Lootpack - Soundpieces: Da Antidote

Stones Throw Records 1999
Muggs Presents Soul Assassins II
  • Suckers Are Hidin

Muggs Presents Soul Assassins II

RuffLife Records 2000
Defari - Odds & Evens
  • Behold My Life (Remix)

Defari - Odds & Evens

On The Corner 2003
Phil The Agony - Smokefest
  • Live At Master Control

Phil The Agony - Smokefest

Strong Arm Music 2003
Mr. Complex - Twisted Mister
  • No Brainer

Mr. Complex - Twisted Mister

Penalty Recordings, Raptivism, Corecords 2004
The Alchemist - 1st Infantry
  • For The Record

The Alchemist - 1st Infantry

ALC Records, Play It Again Sam [PIAS] 2004
Da Beatminerz - Fully Loaded w/ Statik
  • Live From Master Control, Pt. 2

Da Beatminerz - Fully Loaded w/ Statik

Copter Records 2005
Defari - Street Music
  • Clowns

Defari - Street Music

ABB Records 2006
Strong Arm Steady - Deep Hearted
  • Co-Operation

Strong Arm Steady - Deep Hearted

Nature Sounds 2007
DJ Babu - Duck Season Vol. 3
  • Ds3 Intro

DJ Babu - Duck Season Vol. 3

Nature Sounds 2008
Bekay - Hunger Pains
  • I AM (Remix)

Bekay - Hunger Pains

Coalmine Records 2009
Notes To Self - A Shot In The Dark
  • Yellow & Grey (Remix)

Notes To Self - A Shot In The Dark

BBE 2009
Amad-Jamal - Barely Hanging On: The Chronicles Of A Brotha Like Rodney King
  • Believe That

Amad-Jamal - Barely Hanging On: The Chronicles Of A Brotha Like Rodney King

Urban Umpires, ABB Records 2010
Copywrite - The Life And Times Of Peter Nelson
  • Three Story Building

Copywrite - The Life And Times Of Peter Nelson

Man Bites Dog Records 2010
Mad Child - Dope Sick
  • Battleaxe

Mad Child - Dope Sick

Battle Axe Records, Suburban Noize Records 2012
Statik Selektah - What Goes Around
  • Back For You

Statik Selektah - What Goes Around

Duck Down, Showoff Records 2014

Compilations

The Next Chapter
  • End Of The Time

Various - The Next Chapter

Immortal Records 1995
Bomb World Wide
  • Ruggedness

Various - Bomb World Wide

Bomb Hip-Hop Records 1997
Orgazmo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Work The Angles

Various - Orgazmo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Nickelbag Records 1998
Phax 'N' Phixion
  • Work The Angles

Various - Phax 'N' Phixion

Nickelbag Records 1998
The Funky Precedent
  • Triple Optics (Live Funky Precedent Mix)

Various - The Funky Precedent

Loosegroove Records 1999
Sway & King Tech - Wake Up Show Freestyles Vol. 5
  • Freestyle

Sway & King Tech - Wake Up Show Freestyles Vol. 5

Not On Label 1999
Strength Magazine Presents Subtext
  • Strength

Various - Strength Magazine Presents Subtext

Full Frequency 1999
Defenders Of The Underworld
  • Work The Angeles (Remix)

Various - Defenders Of The Underworld

Jazz Fudge 1999
Sway & King Tech - Wake Up Show Freestyles Vol. 6
  • (Promo)

Sway & King Tech - Wake Up Show Freestyles Vol. 6

Not On Label 2000
2001: A Rhyme Odyssey
  • Global Dynamics

Various - 2001: A Rhyme Odyssey

Guidance Recordings 2000
Girlfight: Music From The Motion Picture
  • No Retreat

Various - Girlfight: Music From The Motion Picture

Capitol Records 2000
Always Bigger And Better Vol. 1
  • Rework The Angles

Various - Always Bigger And Better Vol. 1

ABB Records 2000
Stimulated Volume One
  • Stimulation

Various - Stimulated Volume One

Stimulated Records, Loud Records 2001
We Came From Beyond
  • Weed Vs. Beer (You Make The Choice)

Various - We Came From Beyond

Razor & Tie 2001
Beat Junkies - Classic Material Volume One
  • Service

Beat Junkies - Classic Material Volume One

Beat Junkie Sound 2001
Being Black: A Musical Companion Inspired By The Angel Kyodo Williams Classic
  • Pay Attention

Various - Being Black: A Musical Companion Inspired By The Angel Kyodo Williams Classic

Spun Records (US) 2003
Okayplayer - True Notes Vol. 1
  • Okay

Various - Okayplayer - True Notes Vol. 1

Rapster Records 2004
Sway & King Tech - Wake Up Show Freestyles Vol. 8
  • Freestyle

Sway & King Tech - Wake Up Show Freestyles Vol. 8

Bolo Entertainment 2004
DJ Rhettmatic - Exclusive Collection
  • Bullet Train

DJ Rhettmatic - Exclusive Collection

Up Above Records 2004
Lock & Load
  • Live From Master Control Pt. 2

Various - Lock & Load

Copter Records 2006
Hard Truth Soldiers Vol. 1
  • Down Wit Us

Various - Hard Truth Soldiers Vol. 1

Guerrilla Funk Recordings 2006
Fresh Rhymes And Videotape
  • The Last Is First

Various - Fresh Rhymes And Videotape

Decon 2008
Decon Presents Never Not Fresh
  • Spit It Clearly

Various - Decon Presents Never Not Fresh

Decon 2010
Tash - Publicity Stunt
  • Soundbombing

Tash - Publicity Stunt

Sterling World Records 2015