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Bloggerhouse Presents: The Return of The Shelved Album (Dilated Peoples)

by Travis on August 19, 2010

Dilated Peoples – Straight Hip Hop

Dilated Peoples – Huh Haaaa! Feat Redman

Today, we drop the unreleased Dilated Peoples project from 95′ “Imagery, Battle Hymns and Political Poetry” on Immortal Records through Sony. The project contains the two core group members, Rakaa and Evidence, for sure, but there is some conflict in the info online about when Babu from the infamous Beat Junkies joined the crew.

Listening to Imagery, Battle Hymns, & Political Poetry, you can tell the the crew have matured in their sound. I would almost say Rakaa is the better on the mic on this album. There isn’t a lot of info out there about I, B, & PP, but I think this was before Evidence started behind the boards. The beats aren’t all that bad, actually fairly up to par with the quality non g-funk hip hop production coming out of SoCal during this time period. There some gems to be found on here as well. “Dilated Peoples” is a great track, with a funk type of flavor to it. There is also some dated material, such as “I Ain’t The One”, which you can hear how the Dilated sound has involved from this. The album does have a Redman guest appearance which is cool, since Red was still pretty raw at this time. X to the Z also makes an appearance, marking one of his early performances on wax. The album isn’t the greatest by any means, but it’s worth a listen and probably a nice grab for those hardcore Dilated fans out there. The sound quality is pretty crappy and some of the songs are cut short, but from what I can gather from others out there, this is the only version floating around, so you have to make due with what it is.

I’m not going to lie and say Dilated is one of my favorite groups, because they really aren’t. They aren’t bad, but by no means my favorite. They are a mainstay in the LA underground scene and tend to have a strong fan base, but besides a few strong singles, I’ve never been that big into them.

Imagery, Battle Hymns & Political Poetry 1995 Immortal Records

1 I Ain’t the One

2 Redman / Huh Haaa!

3 It All Comes Down to This

4 Dilated Peoples

5 Forward Motion

6 Straight Hip-Hop

7 What Are We Supposed to Do?

8 Cool City Slicker

9 Devastation

10 I Want It All

11 Xzibit / Goin’ for Broke

12 Freestyle

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Eric August 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm

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hl August 19, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Thanks for posting this. I’m more a fan of the deeper voice Evidence developed, but I’m looking forward to checking this out.

Hamza 21 August 20, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I remember those times but honestly I’m not sure if Babu was a official DP member when the album was being recorded but he definitely was after the album was released.

I know for fact Babu & Rakaa knew each other in late 94. My homie Bee through an Hip Hop event with the Coup and Babu,J Rocc,Rob One & DJ Uniqie(UZN-San deigo) here in San Bernardino in December of 1994. I remember seeing Rakaa there.

jrrider August 20, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I will always respect the fact that Dilated has stuck to their laid back, food for thought rhyme style. Even in their solo work they still stick to the script. I’m really digging the storytelling on the Crown of thorns lp. Eyes wide open and Mezcal are standouts.

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