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  • Summary: The third album from the Los Angeles-based underground hip-hop outfit features Kanye West on one track.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Here's a group at the top of its game.
  2. While Dilated Peoples doesn't throw many curveballs, when its fastball is working, it doesn't need them.
  3. Three albums in, their belief that success and integrity don’t have to be mutually exclusive, is finally starting to pay off.
  4. 60
    All good, but not quite great. [Apr 2004, p.85]
  5. 60
    The album is plagued by too many predictable bass lines and uninspired samples. [May 2004, p.163]
  6. Most of the blame for Neighborhood Watch has to go to the previously invincible Alchemist, whose productions are front-loaded on the record. Unfortunately, his beats aren't rugged or hooky, just astonishingly weak.
  7. Despite a few quality tracks, the album feels wholly uninventive and listless.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Mike
    Sep 13, 2005
    7
    Yo this shit is hot.
  2. VinceH
    May 21, 2004
    7
    I am a HUGE Dilated Peoples fan and I have all their albums and vinyl singles dating all the way back to songs they did on rare compilations I am a HUGE Dilated Peoples fan and I have all their albums and vinyl singles dating all the way back to songs they did on rare compilations in the early 90's. So needless to say I was looking foward to this CD and was highly dissapointed. Evidence & Iriescience are lyrically dope as ever, and have opened up their style to encompass new themes and ideas. The production on the other hand is really weak. Even the usually dependable Alchemist brings some of his laziest beats ever, and the rest of the beats by Joey Chavez, Evidence & DJ Babu are forgettable and boring. If they had switched up the monotonous production or brought on some good guest appearances, this could've been better. Overall, it's still better than 80% of hip hop out there but it's their weakest album to date. Expand
  3. JasonT
    May 30, 2004
    5
    Evidence and Iriscience are perhaps the least talented emcees in underground hip hop today. The beats on this album are listenable, but Evidence and Iriscience are perhaps the least talented emcees in underground hip hop today. The beats on this album are listenable, but nowhere near enough to save listeners from drowning out the pointless lyrics. Expand
  4. KeremA
    May 17, 2004
    3
    Just 2 songs (This Way, Who's Who) are listenable, the remaining is just rubbish.