Review: Dilated Peoples – Directors of Photography
After a short hiatus, and pursuing solo projects (Step Brothers, Beat Junkies, Likwit Junkies), Dilated Peoples are finally back to the front line, with their new album ‘Directors Of Photography’ their first on Rhymesayers (the home of Atmosphere, Freeway, Jake One, MF Doom, Abstract Rude, Aesop Rock and many more). Their latest, having eight years removed from 20/20 showcases their ability to start again from the ground up, as their own individual careers never took a back seat from the group efforts.
With the hunger for more, and speaking as elder statesmen in hip hop, they call on favours from producers Alchemist, DJ Premier, Diamond D, Oh No, 9th Wonder and in house workings from Evidence, DJ Babu and more. Tracks such as ‘Cut My Teeth’ are given the introspective touch as Evidence and Rakaa Iriscience look back to their more formative years, as the reflections of their beginnings in music.
The mere fact that the group is still around, is something to be said, for groups that bicker and dissolve due to feeling some type of way on social media, or do not receive the just dues that each member is supposed to get after booking shows, or having doors slammed in their faces when “trying to get on”. The fact remains, as since the group has let go of the braggadocio raps, concept heavy gems, and anthem tracks to focus on what they do best, raps with meaning and concepts.
One of the strongest releases to date for Dilated, and in this day and age we all just want projects that we can listen to again and again and not get bored or wondering “where the posse cuts are”.
Get the album via the digital platforms below, released via Rhymesayers Ent