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.