Dilated Peoples – 20/20

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  1. Green Trees: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  2. Back Again: πŸ‘πŸ»
  3. You Can’t Hide, You Can’t Run: πŸ‘πŸ»
  4. Alarm Clock Music: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  5. Olde English: πŸ‘πŸ»
  6. Kindness for Weakness: πŸ‘πŸ»
  7. Another Sound Mission: πŸ‘πŸ»
  8. Rapid Transit: πŸ‘πŸ»
  9. The Eyes Have It: πŸ‘πŸ»
  10. Satellite Radio: πŸ‘πŸ»
  11. Firepower (The Tables Have to Turn): πŸ‘πŸ»
  12. The One and Only: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  13. 20/20: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ


I know I don’t listen to enough hip-hop, but if more of it sounded like Dilated Peoples, it’s something I should easily be able to correct. I don’t remember how I found this album, but I’ve listened to it off and on for a long time. Even still, I was surprised by coming back to it today.

The thing that really puts me off hip-hop / rap in general (and most modern pop music for that matter) is the synthy drum sounds. I don’t know if Dilated Peoples are actually using real drums, or if they just sound real, but they keep me engaged way more than the obvious-MIDI drums in a lot of other music. It’s probably like CG in movies: you know when it’s bad, and when it’s good you think it’s real when it’s still fake. I kind of have a hard time believing that at least in the case of Kindness for Weakness. Not only did the drum sound read, it didn’t even sound like a kit drum; it sounded like a concert bass drum. Very low, mellow, and resonant. I don’t know of anybody else using a computer to generate that sound.

There are some genuinely great tracks here. “Back Again” “You Can’t Hide, You Can’t Run”Β and the aforementioned “Kindness for Weakness” are my favorites. While I didn’t care as much for some of the other tracks I definitely respected some of the insane sounds that came out of this album too. I don’t know how to describe the organ in Olde English any other way than to say it sounds Gothic, and Another Sound MissionΒ sounds like it belongs in the score of a horror movie.

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