Neighborhood Watch (Explicit Version) CD (2004)

Artist: Dilated Peoples

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Since their beginnings as pioneers of Los Angeles' progressive underground rap scene, Dilated Peoples have been celebrated as one of hip-hop's most provocative and imaginative collectives. Neighborhood Watch - their much-anticipated third Capitol Records release - is the acclaimed trio's most fully realized collection thus far, a remarkably accomplished development of their idiosyncratic meld of inspired beats, ill turntablism and brisk, bright wordplay. Tracks such as the thought-provoking "Big Business" and the soulfully energetic single "This Way" offer amble proof of the power of rap in its purest form - two skilled MCs and an extraordinarily inventive DJ.

"It's a continuation of the Dilated Peoples sound," says Evidence, " but at the same time, I feel that it's a better record than the last two. I think it shows the power and timelessness of our music."

"It's still imagery, battle hymns and political poetry," says Rakaa. "It's still big beats, big cuts. But hopefully we've gotten better as songwriters, as artists, as people."

If their previous album - 2001's breakthrough Expansion Team - found Dilated Peoples opening up their style to the world around them, Neighborhood Watch sees the group bringing it all back home, focusing their widescreen worldview on their native Los Angeles.


Label Capitol Records
SKU 60630413
UPC 724354088926
UPC 14 00724354088926
Format CD
Release Date 4/6/2004
Author Dilated Peoples
Associated Artist/Work Defari
Technical Info
Engineer Dilated Peoples; Domo; Wassim Zreik; Kieran Walsh; Richard Huredia; Troy Staton
Producer DJ A.M.; DJ Babu; Evidence; Rakaa; Joe Chavez; Rob Tewlow; Kanye West; Alchemist
CatalogID 40889
Lable Name Capitol
Released 04/06/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 57m : 22s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724354088926
Musical Guests
Kanye West
Phil Da Agony
Planet Asia
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: 2Mex, J-Rocc (vocals).
Audio Mixers: Manny Marroquin; Richard Huredia; Troy Staton.
Recording information: D & D Studios; Daddy's Room; Larrabee Sound Studios West; Soundproof Recordings; The Nodd Factor, Houston, TX; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA.
Dilated Peoples--there could hardly be a more apt name for the long-running California rap crew who, with only three members, sound like a much larger collective as they expand a potent West Coast-heyday sound into bold new territory. Inspiration runs high on Dilated Peoples' NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH (the outfit's third album on Capitol after countless underground releases), as revealed by the single "This Way." Joined by Kanye West, one of the most celebrated and prolific rapper/producers of 2004, the trio melds a gospel-tinged R&B sound with a wandering flute line and layers lyrics that range from silly-but-clever observations about girls and money to raw revelations about the sadness of life.
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH opens on a powerful beat provided by the Alchemist, with the troupe sagely rhyming on "Marathon" and keeping up the pace throughout the solid, insightful record. The group's talent for twisting around language is most evident on tracks like the introspective "Tryin' to Breathe," which, true to its name, practically suffocates with its tight flow of words, as the trio illustrates its route from the streets to rap success. Dilated Peoples are clearly one of the most intelligent rap groups on the scene, and NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH displays how their smart brand of hip-hop has led to a remarkable career.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.73) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Dilated haven't lost their gritty tone, but it looks like this neighborhood is risin' up."
Entertainment Weekly (4/9/04, p.87) - "[Babu's] blend of hand claps, tribal drums, and squawking horns throughout the disc should get even the most stubborn necks nodding." - Rating: B
Mojo (Publisher) (p.103) - 3 stars out of 5 - "LA's Dilated Peoples write about Real Issues and wear their knowledge of rap history on their baggy sleeves..."
Disc 1
1 Marathon
2 Neighborhood Watch
3 Tryin' To Breathe
4 Caffeine
5 Who's Who
6 Poisonous - (featuring Devin)
7 Reach Us
8 Big Business
9 Love And War
10 1580 - (skit)
11 World On Wheels
12 Closed Session - (featuring Defari/Phil Da Agony/Planet Asia)
13 This Way - (featuring Kanye West)
14 DJ Babu In Deep Concentration
ReviewSource Associated Press
Review Rappers Evidence and Rakaa Iriscience avoid gangsta cliches and don't sing on the hooks. Their insig
Reviewer Ryan Pearson
ReviewRating 5
Product Attributes
Artist Dilated Peoples
Label Capitol Records
Music Format Compact Disc
Amelia McDonell-Perry, Rolling Stone Neighborhood Watch suggests that Dilated may be ready for some more bling.
Dorian Lynskey, Guardian Unlimited Chunky, hook-laden songs like ÒTryin' to Breathe" and ÒThis Way" show a newfound sonic confidence...
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