Platform

The Platform

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by Dilated Peoples
     
 
After ten years and three underground, 12" singles, Dilated Peoples have finally released their full-length debut, The Platform. The group's two microphone wizards, Rakaa (Iriscience) and Evidence, take their conscious-heavy hip-hop seriously, delivering the clever lyrical twists and grimy beats that underground fans long for. Two of the cuts that best deliver

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After ten years and three underground, 12" singles, Dilated Peoples have finally released their full-length debut, The Platform. The group's two microphone wizards, Rakaa (Iriscience) and Evidence, take their conscious-heavy hip-hop seriously, delivering the clever lyrical twists and grimy beats that underground fans long for. Two of the cuts that best deliver the group's pure, hip-hop style are the hypnotic title track "The Platform," and the horn-driven, DJ favorite "Guaranteed," which both feature intricate, club-ready beats produced by the Alchemist. The Platform also features guest spots from the West Coast underground's best MCs, including Tha Alkaholiks on the posse cut "Right On" and Aceyalone of the Freestyle Fellowship on "The Shape of Things to Come." Mainstream rap cats also show love for Dilated Peoples'. Cypress Hill's B-Real adds a hurried rhyme to the end of "No Retreat," while a remix of "Ear Drums Pop" features White E. Ford (a.k.a. Everlast). The album's secret weapon, however, is the Peoples' third member, DJ Babu of the Beat Junkies, whose frenzied cuts and scratches dominate each track. This is especially evident on "Service," an ode to Babu -- a master turntablist who makes other "DJs nervous." THE PLATFORM stands tall without resorting to slick production or clichéd R&B choruses. It's strictly for hip-hop fans who, like Ol' Dirty Bastard, like it raw. Ryan Crosby

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Dilated Peoples' debut album was hugely anticipated in the hip-hop underground, thanks to a handful of excellent singles and guest appearances that began several years prior. When it was finally released in 2000, The Platform thrilled some and mildly disappointed others. Dilated is very much a part of the back-to-basics, old-school-worshipping wing of the underground, most often compared to fellow southern Californians Jurassic 5. They've got DJ Babu of the Beat Junkies working turntables, adding an extra dimension of authenticity to Iriscience and Evidence's well-honed microphone technique. Therein lies the rub: the trio's skills are all beyond question, but sometimes the album can feel like a formalist exercise. That's largely due to the lack of variety in lyrical content, which generally consists of one purist-friendly battle rhyme after another. It's all well-executed, but considering how far hip-hop has come, it's hard not to want a more personal statement, or a few topics other than wack MCs and keeping the culture real. But other than that, The Platform is an excellent debut. The production (chiefly by the Alchemist) is lean and inventive throughout, supporting the two MCs' abstract poetics with a subtle flair. Plus, their single-minded love of hip-hop brings a tremendous enthusiasm to the best tracks. The title track, "Triple Optics," and the underground classic "Work the Angles" are particular highlights, and guests B Real, Tha Alkaholiks, Planet Asia, and Aceyalone all put in memorable appearances (especially Tha Alkaholiks, on "Right On"). If it's occasionally uneven, The Platform is still better than the vast majority of its competition, and whether or not they ultimately prove to be the saviors of hip-hop (as some would have it), their promise is undeniable.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2000
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724352331024
catalogNumber:
5233102

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The Platform 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
that's exactly what this album is. With this gem in a jewelbox, Dilated Peoples have single-handedly brought back the days of the Pharcyde and Souls of Mischief. Songs like The Platform, Work the Angles, and Expanding Man are instant classics!