|Production:||Evidence, The Alchemist, T-Ray, E-Swift, DJ Babu, Joey Chavez, Kut Masta Kurt|
|Guests:||B Real, Tha Alkaholiks, Aceyalone, Planet Asia, Defari, White E Ford, Phil Tha Agony|
|Stats:||2000, 16 Tracks at 64mins29secs|
|Reviewed by:||Eitan Prince|
If you don't know LA-based trio Dilated Peoples yet, that will soon change after this promising debut. MCs Evidence, Rakaa Iriscience and DJ Babu (also of the Beat Junkies) present 16 thick cuts that they offer as 'The Platform' - supposedly a foundation or basis upon which Hip Hop, in its purest sense, is founded. This is no doubt a noble undertaking - so let's see how they go about it.
Beats that are hard, beats that are funky
The trio's signature sound is also pleasantly versatile, oscillating between the extremes of Old School simplicity (see 'Service' - DP's ode to the DJ) and New School orchestration (head-bangers 'Ear Drums Pop' and the classic single 'Work the Angles'), without sounding geographically specific (West or East coast) or stale.
Too many MCs not enough mics
The result is that the album just doesn't hit as hard as it could in the MC'ing department. Instead you have 16 individual tracks rather than a collection of songs that are intricately woven into a single concept. At their worst, one could arbitrarily swap the lyrics from separate tracks and still not detect the differences.
However, this is still a solid package with its top-class beats and catchy verses, but generally it doesn't inspire innovation. And while all three members display a combined hunger, the right attitude and have clearly paid their dues (as they so eloquently narrate on 'Years in the Making'), they just lack the edge that makes the difference between being heard and being listened to.
Exceptional tracks: Work The Angles, Guaranteed, Ear Drums Pop, The Platform. [7/10]