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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Returning to the game after an eight-year hiatus, one would expect the ground to quake as Dilated Peoples stake their claim in the land of underground hip-hop, but Directors of Photography is a wonderfully loose and casual effort rather than the expected epic album. This comes partly from the glad-to-see-again chemistry that members Evidence, Rakaa, and DJ Babu display during this hang-out session on wax, all of them coming off successful solo careers. Guest star Aloe Blacc may have just walked off his R&B superstar appearance on the Today Show, but his feature cut, "Show Me the Way," features a busy and beautiful Jake One production with no radio-aimed fluff. "Gone ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Returning to the game after an eight-year hiatus, one would expect the ground to quake as Dilated Peoples stake their claim in the land of underground hip-hop, but Directors of Photography is a wonderfully loose and casual effort rather than the expected epic album. This comes partly from the glad-to-see-again chemistry that members Evidence, Rakaa, and DJ Babu display during this hang-out session on wax, all of them coming off successful solo careers. Guest star Aloe Blacc may have just walked off his R&B superstar appearance on the Today Show, but his feature cut, "Show Me the Way," features a busy and beautiful Jake One production with no radio-aimed fluff. "Gone for Good" is satisfied-sounding mixtape rough and street track tough with the back and forth between Evidence and Rakaa (finishing each other's lines, offering contrasts, and cutting jokes) sounding debut-album fresh. It's believable when "LA River Drive" spits "When I rise, I wake the morning up" since the Alchemist beat is pure uplift, then there's the slept-on Sick Jacken as guest, a wise and unexpected choice that is equaled when Gangrene graces "Opinions May Vary." The interludes, the album's title, and the instant photos packed into the album's physical release all point to a photography concept that doesn't stick to the bones, but it's the only time this effort trips on its own ambition, and it's just a slight stumble. Otherwise, this is the satisfying return album fans have waited for, no more, and certainly no less.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2014
  • Label: Rhymesayers
  • UPC: 826257018328
  • Catalog Number: 70183
  • Sales rank: 22,473

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:53)
  2. 2 Directors (3:31)
  3. 3 Cut My Teeth (3:40)
  4. 4 Defari Interlude (1:20)
  5. 5 The Dark Room - Vince Staples (4:19)
  6. 6 Good As Gone (3:45)
  7. 7 Show Me The Way - Aloe Blacc (4:08)
  8. 8 Figure It Out (Melvin's Theme) (4:25)
  9. 9 Let Your Thoughts Fly Away (4:27)
  10. 10 Century Of The Self - Catero (3:38)
  11. 11 @mrevidence Interlude (1:11)
  12. 12 The Reversal (2:51)
  13. 13 Opinions May Vary - Gangrene (4:15)
  14. 14 Trouble (4:35)
  15. 15 L.A. River Drive - Sick Jacken (4:41)
  16. 16 The Bigger Picture - Krondon (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dilated Peoples Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Diamond D Producer
DJ Premier Producer
The Alchemist Producer
Kevin Zinger Executive Producer
Dilated Peoples Engineer
Evidence Producer
Oh No Producer
Ivory Daniel Executive Producer
Joe LaPorta Mastering
9th Wonder Producer
Jake One Producer
Bravo Producer
E. Nathaniel Dawkins III Composer
Babu Producer
Twiz the Beat Pro Producer
D.A. Johnson Jr. Composer
Vince Staples Composer
Shane Jessup Graphic Design
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