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Expansion Team
     

Expansion Team

4.7 4
by Dilated Peoples
 
In the year 2000, L.A.'s underground hip-hop kings, Dilated Peoples, signed with a major label and released one of the most eagerly awaited debut discs in rap history. Considering the long, hot minute it had taken them to cook up The Platform, DP (Evidence, Iriscience, and DJ Babu) wasted no time in turning around a sophomore set

Overview

In the year 2000, L.A.'s underground hip-hop kings, Dilated Peoples, signed with a major label and released one of the most eagerly awaited debut discs in rap history. Considering the long, hot minute it had taken them to cook up The Platform, DP (Evidence, Iriscience, and DJ Babu) wasted no time in turning around a sophomore set for their legions of fans in the hoodie and backpacker communities alike. And that's evident from the loose Expansion Team, which trades the immediate appeal of its acclaimed predecessor for spontaneity. Lyrically, the majority of the 16 tracks sound freestyle, as if MCs Evidence and Iriscience penned choruses such as "We don't love money but we don't hate money" ("Trade Money") just as the beats went to tape. Luckily, however, a small army of hip-hop's heaviest hitters, including DJ Premier, the Alchemist, and the Roots' Black Thought and ?uestlove come to the rescue on a number of tracks. In fact, such top-shelf talent keeps this Expansion Team from going the way of the California Angels. If the Dilated crew plan to stay in the major leagues, however, they should study the batting average of pinch-hitters like De La Soul, who are able to maintain their underground street cred while earning respectable chart success.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
A mostly successful refinement of their debut, Expansion Team finds Dilated Peoples attempting to broaden their lyrical outlook somewhat, while taking advantage of a bigger budget to experiment with a varied cast of producers. Thanks to the latter, Expansion Team is arguably an even better-sounding album than its accomplished predecessor, boasting endless subtleties and imaginative touches in its backing tracks. And if the record is still heavy on the battle rhymes, Evidence and Iriscience are turning their attention elsewhere, particularly to the perils of fame and success (or of being just on the verge of both). "Trade Money" and "Proper Propaganda" take on money and the media, respectively, and there's also a brewing social consciousness on the brief "War," which is set to a rattling snare-drum march beat. Plus, there are plenty of lyrical assurances that Dilated will stay true to its underground, purist approach; the group even takes pride in the fact that that's what's gotten them where they are now. There's a turntablist showcase for members of the Beat Junkies on "Dilated Junkies," and guest spots from Tha Liks and the Roots' Black Thought; meanwhile, the array of production talent includes DJ Premier, Da Beatminerz, the Roots' ?uestlove, and DJ Babu himself. The Alchemist, however, shines just as brightly as on the debut, helming the excellent lead single "Worst Comes to Worst." Dilated Peoples still don't sound as transcendent as some would have -- they're never quite as unstudied or breezy as Jurassic 5 -- but Expansion Team indicates that they're continuing to grow, which means the fundamentals of hip-hop are in good hands.
Billboard - Rashaun Hall
Expansion Team should do just as its title implies. The 16-track set showcases Dilated's combination of intelligent lyrics and mind-blowing production.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2001
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724353147723
catalogNumber:
31477

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dilated Peoples   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Guru   Vocals
Tha Alkaholiks   Track Performer
Anton Pukshansky   Bass
Black Thought   Track Performer
J-Rocc   Track Performer
Shae Fiol   Vocals
Cokni ODire   Vocals
Noelle Scaggs   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dan Dalton   Management
Jeff Chestek   Engineer
DJ Premier   Producer,Cut
Anton Pukshansky   Engineer
Eddie Sancho   Engineer
Evil Dee   Engineer
DJ Babu   Producer,Engineer,Cut
Dexter Thibou   Engineer
Da Beatminerz   Producer
Fred Davis   Representation
Jason Bacher   Engineer
Joe Chavez   Producer
?uestlove   Producer
Ju-Ju   Producer
Alchemist   Producer
Leo Swift Morris   Engineer
DJ Revolution   Cut
Dilated Peoples   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Evidence   Producer,Engineer
James McCrone   Engineer
Hope Carr   Sample Clearance
Kevin Bergman   Engineer
Metis Cole   Producer
Scott Oyster   Engineer

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Expansion Team 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new cd is even better than there opening cd ''The Platform''. DJ Babu can mix it up and tracks like ''the platform'' and ''worse come to worse'' are real hot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard the first (Live on stage) track on nba street vol.2, it's incredable!
Guest More than 1 year ago
you can't go wrong with these masterminds of hip hop for shizzle
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have heard of Dilated Peoples, than you will love this album. If you haven't heard of Dilated Peoples, than you should buy this album, cuz you will love it. Hip-Hop album of the year.