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Dilated Peoples
Dilated Peoples in 2001
Dilated Peoples in 2001
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, US
GenresHip hop
Years active1992–2017, 2022–present
SpinoffsStep Brothers
Rakaa Iriscience
DJ Babu

Dilated Peoples is an American Los Angeles-based hip hop trio, composed of rapper and record producer Evidence, rapper Rakaa, and Beat Junkies deejay and record producer DJ Babu.[1] The group is better known in the UK, where they reached the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart with two tracks, "This Way" and "Worst Comes to Worst".[2] Their songs were featured in the 2003 video games Need for Speed: Underground and NBA Street Vol. 2, as well as MLB 06: The Show.


Dilated Peoples began when DJ Babu (from the DJ crew Beat Junkies), Evidence, and Rakaa joined together in 1992 and released "Third Degree" (1997) on ABB Records, developing their material in the underground hip hop community. They had previously recorded an album titled Imagery, Battle Hymns & Political Poetry (1995) that was never released, although many fans still have it on bootlegged tapes. The group eventually signed with Capitol Records[3] and released The Platform (2000).

The second album, Expansion Team, was released in 2001[4] led by the Alchemist–produced "Worst Comes to Worst," which utilized a vocal sample from Mobb Deep's "Survival of the Fittest" and a musical sample from William Bell's "I Forgot to be Your Lover". Expansion Team debuted at number 8 on the US Billboard R&B Albums chart and number 36 on the Billboard 200.[5] The group's third album, Neighborhood Watch, was released in 2004 and debuted at number 55 on the Billboard 200, selling 143,000 copies in the United States.[6] In addition to the Kanye West-produced single, "This Way," it featured the singles "Who's Who?" and "Sorry? OK", which were also included as tracks on the Need for Speed: Underground and SSX 3 soundtracks, and peaked at number 35 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] The fourth album, 20/20, was released in 2006; the debut single, "Back Again", was featured on the Fight Night Round 3 soundtrack. This is the third EA Games soundtrack on which the group has been featured. "Back Again" is also featured on Sony's MLB 06: The Show. In 2012, they collaborated with PlatinumGames to record the track "This is Madness" for the credits of the beat-'em-up video game, Anarchy Reigns. 20/20 was the group's "farewell" album on Capitol Records, ending a four album recording contract. They also work with the underground hip hop group, Global Warning, who originated in Anaheim.

Dilated Peoples are affiliated with fellow West Coast hip hop collective the Likwit Crew. Tha Alkaholiks appeared on The Platform on the track "Right On" and Expansion Team on "Heavy Rotation". The group also collaborated frequently with west coast emcees Defari and Amad Jamal (an Urban Umpires member) and helped to launch their careers. Defari made one appearance on each Dilated Peoples' album: "Ear Drums Pop (Remix)" on The Platform; "Defari Interlude" on Expansion Team; "Closed Session" on Neighborhood Watch; and "Olde English" on 20/20. Dilated Peoples also made multiple appearances on Defari's album Odds & Evens. Another Dilated associate is their long-time producer, the Alchemist, who produced five songs on The Platform, three songs on Expansion Team, four songs on Neighborhood Watch, and two songs on 20/20. Dilated Peoples were featured on a song on the Alchemists' 1st Infantry album. Rakaa has also made guest appearances on the songs "Trance Fat" on Looptroop's album, Good Things, "Zet 't Blauw" from Dutch rapper Jerome XL's album, De laatste dag and "Memory Fades" on St. Cule's album, American Beef.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
2000 The Platform
  • Released: May 23, 2000
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: CD, Cassette, LP
74 30 89
2001 Expansion Team
  • Released: October 23, 2001
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: CD, LP
36 8 55
2004 Neighborhood Watch 55 16 91 96
2006 20/20
  • Released: February 21, 2006
  • Label: Capitol
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
97 35 56 107
2014 Directors of Photography
  • Released: August 12, 2014[8]
  • Label: Rhymesayers
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
41 9 19
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Year DVD
2007 The Release Party


Year Song Chart positions Album
1997 "Third Degree" (featuring Defari) non-album single
1998 "Work the Angles" The Platform
2000 "No Retreat" (featuring B-Real) 42
"The Platform" 22 89
2001 "Worst Comes to Worst" (featuring Guru) 84 29 Expansion Team
2002 "Downtown" One Big Trip
2004 "This Way" (featuring Kanye West) 78 41 22 35 Neighborhood Watch
"Love & War"
2005 "Back Again" 114 98 20/20
2006 "You Can't Hide, You Can't Run"
2007 "Spit It Clearly" The Release Party
2014 "Good As Gone" Directors of Photography
"Show Me the Way" (featuring Aloe Blacc)

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other performer(s) Album
"Major League" 1998 Rasco, Defari Time Waits for No Man
"Rework the Angles" 1999 Sway & King Tech This or That
"Long Awaited" Lootpack Soundpieces: Da Antidote
"Thieves" 2003 The Alchemist, Prodigy The Cutting Room Floor
"Behold My Life (Remix)" Defari Odds & Evens
"For the Record" 2004 The Alchemist 1st Infantry
"No Brainer" Mr. Complex Twisted Mister
"Live from Master Control, Pt. 2" 2005 Da Beatminerz, Chali 2na, Wordsworth Fully Loaded w/ Statik
"Clowns" 2006 Defari Street Music
"Dilated Agents" Planet Asia, Rasco The Medicine
"Another X-Ecution" 2007 Roc Raida Beats, Cuts and Skits
"Co-Operation" Strong Arm Steady Deep Hearted
"Yellow & Grey (Remix)" 2009 Notes to Self A Shot In the Dark
"I Am (Remix)" Bekay Hunger Pains
"Believe That" 2010 Amad Jamal Barely Hanging On: The Chronicles of a Brotha Like Rodney King
"Three Story Building" Copywrite The Life and Times of Peter Nelson
"Battlaxe" 2012 Madchild, Bishop Lamont, D-Sisive Dope Sick
"Back For You" 2014 Statik Selektah What Goes Around
"The Kingdom That Worshipped the Dead" 2015 Jedi Mind Tricks The Thief and the Fallen
"1st (Remix)" 2016 Torii Wolf
"Way Ahead" Snowgoons Goon Bap


  1. ^ Allmusic Biography
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 155. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ CMJ New Music Monthly, June 2000, no. 88, p.32
  4. ^ "CD REVIEWS: Baby Blue Soundcrew, Lenny Kravitz, Matthew Good Band and many more"[usurped]. Chart Attack, October 30, 2001, Debbie Bento
  5. ^ Dilated Peoples To Headline 'scratch Tour, Allbusiness.com
  6. ^ Dilated Peoples 'Back Again' With New Album, Billboard
  7. ^ "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original (enter "Dilated Peoples" into the "Search BPI Awards" box) on September 9, 2017. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  8. ^ "Dilated Peoples "Directors Of Photography" Release Date & Album Cover Art". HipHopDX. 2014-06-16. Archived from the original on 2015-01-12. Retrieved 2014-06-16.

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