"20/20" came out in 2006 as the fourth album from the California Hip Hop group, Dilated Peoples. The band consist of Rakaa Iriscience, Evidence and DJ Babu, the latter two of which are both producer (although Evidence raps and does the beats interchangeably). Dilated are quite alternative and so contrast quite genreally from the rest of the West Coast scene as they fit in more closely to the work of locals Jurassic 5, than the Gangsta rappers who dominate this side of the US (in terms of Hip Hop music).
1. "Green Trees" (Intro)
2. "Back Again"
This is the lead single to the album and stood as a great follow-up to their 2004 collaboration with Kanye in a track called "This Way". Here you get them alongside The Alchemist and B-Real as they flow with great confidence whilst trying to show how well-developed their raps are.
3. "You Can't Hide, You Can't Run"
In a collaborative piece, you get both Evidence and Babu on the beats as Evidence comes with sample-heavy work, which then gets DJ babu doing his signature DJ Premier-esque scratches. The trio come together in order do a track which deal with political issues, and I feel that this may have put me off, even though the beats where on-point.
4. "Alarm Clock Music"
This is a well-written one from the group, and has them continue the type of work that was heard in the one before it as you have them coming out with music which is there to alert people, despite the fact that many are wantign to ignore the problems which the world is facing an just hit the snooze button on it all.
5. "Olde English"
I couldn't work out how the title to this one related in any way to the track, however you get them doing one that has them taking down the tempo and going hard with darker theme and suitable beats whih perfectly match with the way that the tune is done. I wasn't too fond of this one at all, and I felt that they made it quite difficult for people to get into.
6. "Kindness for Weakness"
You have them joined by one of the biggest underground Hip Hop names, Talib Kweli in this one, and with the aid of this conscious Hip Hopper, they are given a chance to do one which has them take on this kind of work that has always been hinted on by the group, but never fully reached.
7. "Another Sound Mission"
Evidence kicks things off in a big way for this one as he references the work of several Hip Hop acts including the Beastie Boys, Ice-T and Public Enemy and with these, you get a chance to get into the work a lot easier than the more specfic audience that the remainder of the album has.
8. "Rapid Transit"
This one was featured at the end of the music video to "back Again" and persas strong as that one as you get them doding a collaborative piece alongside Strong Arm Steady. Together they decide to go for a hardcore, underground one to show that they can do one our to the streets, and not just the conscious crowd.
9. "The Eyes Have It"
With more ploitcally-charged work, you have them doing a track which gets them slowing it all down and putitng full focus upon the lyrics as they speak about how people need to see clearly (hence the "20/20" title to the album). The beats are minimalstic, and help it along and Evidence and Rakaa bring controversial raps.
10. "Satellite Radio"
The beats to this one are compsoed by Evidence and have been mastered by Bab, who scracthes over it all. They do a tune whihc seems to take all the best aspects of "Back Again", and take this to its extremes, and it leads to great results from the group, as they do something which is both open to the masses, and has them doing thir more highly-complex and progressive work too.
Reggae and Dancehall star Capleton joins the group in this one to do things his way as he completely takes things over once he gets on the beat, and makes you forget where you are for a short while. The raps which follow it in the verse are rather forgettable, and only act as a filler before Capleton returns for the chorus.
12. "The One & Only"
Here you have a solo piece from the DJ of the group, and it has them do a similar thing to what was found on their 2004 album, "Neighborhood Watch" with the track "DJ Babu In Deep Concentration" as he does a track which gets him showing off his skills at picking out tracks, and working with them. It goes back to the days when Hip Hop acts suc as Eric B & Rakim and Gang Starr could do this without it seeming too out of the ordinary.
The title track to the album ends it off, and it has them using the same sort of thing that had been heard throughout the rest of the album with the doing the same sort of well-written raps, which are strong, but hgave little mainstream appeal at all due to their uncommon themes and genreal content.
Thi album is pretty much the same as "Neighborhood Watch", and this certainly isn't a good thing as it was all on the same level, and this comes through here too. Its quite plain, and only a couple of times through it have it taking the thing to a higher level. I woudln't really recommend it as theere are just so many average tracks and only a couple stand out.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Green Trees - Dilated Peoples & Dr. Greenthumb
2 Back Again
3 You Can't Hide You Can't Run
4 Alarm Clock Music
5 Olde English - Dilated Peoples & Defari
6 Kindness For Weakness - Dilated Peoples & Talib Kweli
7 Another Sound Mission
8 Rapid Transit - Dilated Peoples & Krondon
9 Eyes Have It
10 Satellite Radio
11 Firepower (The Tables Have To Turn) - Dilated Peoples & Capleton
12 One And Only