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Expansion Team [PA]
1. Live on Stage
2. Worst Comes to Worst
4. Trade Money
5. Heavy Rotation - (featuring Tha Liks)
6. Self Defense
7. Phil da Agony Interlude
8. Proper Propaganda
9. Dilated Junkies - (featuring J-Rocc/Rhettmatic/Melo-D)
11. Pay Attention
12. Night Life
14. Hard Hitters - (featuring Black Thought)
15. Defari Interlude
16. Expansion Team Theme
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 31477
Dilated Peoples: Evidence, Rakaa, DJ Babu.
Additional personnel: Black Thought, Tha Liks, Phil Da Agony, J-Rocc, Rhettmatic, Melo-D (vocals).
Producers include: DJ Premier, Da Beatminerz, The Alchemist, Joey Chavez, Juju.
Engineers include: Kevin Bergman, Leo "Swift" Morris, Eddie Sancho.
Composer: Dilated Peoples.
Personnel: Guru, Cokni ODire, Shae Fiol, Noelle Scaggs (vocals).
Audio Mixers: DJ Babu; Norty Cotto; Eddie Sancho ; Kieran Walsh; Anton Pukshansky; Troy Staton.
Recording information: D&D Studios; Dewgarde Crib of Hits; Encore Studios; Front Page Recorders; Mad Dog Studios; Skip Saylor; Soundproof; The Dewgarde Crib of Hits; The Studio, Philadelphia, PA.
Photographers: B+; B+ and Block; Block.
Unknown Contributor Role: Dilated Peoples.
With its sophomore release the hip-hop trio Dilated Peoples expands its repertoire and adds guests such as East Coast-based DJ Premier and Public Enemy cohort Harry Allen. The socially conscious lyrics are a cut above the usual gangsta stylings, revealing a thoughtful worldview that, though it may be inspired by the ingestion of certain controlled substances, is none the less compelling for that.
Though they originate from the hip-hop community, Dilated Peoples have a lot in common with '70s Jamaican stars such as Prince Far I and Max Romeo, in that it's not just the ganja talking here--these cuts are coherent and thought-provoking. They cover international finance in "Trade Money," international conflict in "War," and strife closer to home in the ghetto-flavored "Panic," never descending to the guns 'n' hoes imagery of some of their contemporaries, bringing dignity to the party, along with some dirty, funked-up beats.
Q (12/01, p.130) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Fluid and classy..."
Alternative Press (1/02, pp.80-2) - 6 out of 10 - "...Dilate push their sound even further into two-turntables-and-a-microphone purism....The result is a more commanding presence overall..."
Mixmag (12/01, p.63) - 3 out of 5 - "...A fluid mix of sounds backing kick-ass rhyhmes..."
CMJ (10/15/01, p.6) - "...The trio has brought its post-modern, neo-old skool vibe to the next level..."
Vibe (12/01, p.190) - 3 discs out of 5 - "...Offers plenty to entice: raw, battle-ready flows, DJ Babu's steady rhythms, and a complete disregard for fashion..."
NME (Magazine) (11/3/01, p.34) - 7 out of 10 - "...Pure skills..."
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