Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch

5.0 5
by Dilated Peoples
     
 

Not that rappers Evidence and Rakaa ever have to coast on their productions, but the strength of Dilated Peoples since their debut has been the beats, not the rhymes. When the productions of the Alchemist or Babu or Evidence are flying, records like "Work the Angles" or See more details below

Overview

Not that rappers Evidence and Rakaa ever have to coast on their productions, but the strength of Dilated Peoples since their debut has been the beats, not the rhymes. When the productions of the Alchemist or Babu or Evidence are flying, records like "Work the Angles" or The Platform have followed suit -- and allowed the group to grow steadily as lyricists. But just as DP have crested as a strong group of community-minded artists, the productions have fallen off. Most of the blame for the average sound of Neighborhood Watch goes to the previously invincible Alchemist, whose productions are front-loaded on the record. His beats aren't rugged or hooky, just very bland, even on the trailer single and opener, "Marathon," driven by a sharp but played-out bassline. Only Evidence's "Who's Who" and Babu's posse track, "Closed Session" (featuring Defari, Phil da Agony, and Planet Asia), reach the level of past Dilated Peoples tracks. On the lyrical side, the trio continues to improve, using the title track to explore how life in an active neighborhood can cycle between vigilance and paranoia, and outlining on "Poisonous" (featuring Devin the Dude) the perils of a girl with complications. Producer of the moment Kanye West stops by for the player-life exposé "This Way," and true to form, a weak production sinks the solid rapping.

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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Andrew Parks
The L.A. trio's fourth CD is suitable for both the streets and chain stores. [B+]
Billboard
The stars have aligned for Dilated Peoples on their third release. The banging first single "This Way" prominently sports the still-smoldering Kanye West. Jeff Vrabel

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2004
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724354088926
catalogNumber:
40889

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dilated Peoples   Primary Artist
2Mex   Vocals
J-Rocc   Vocals

Technical Credits

M. Edwards   Composer
Bernie Grundman   Mastering
Richard Huredia   Engineer
J. Smith   Composer
Kieran Walsh   Engineer
R. Taylor   Composer
Pat Shannahan   Sample Clearance
DJ Babu   Producer
Troy Staton   Engineer
Rob Tewlow   Producer
Joe Chavez   Producer
Alchemist   Producer,Executive Producer
Wassim Zreik   Engineer
Kanye West   Composer,Producer
Domo   Engineer
Dilated Peoples   Engineer,Executive Producer
DJ AM   Producer
J. Green   Composer
M. Davis   Composer
Evidence   Producer
Rakaa   Producer
G. Randall Wright   Composer
Devin the Dude   Composer
J.M. Cameron   Composer
J.R. Chávez   Composer

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