• Record Label: Capitol
  • Release Date: Apr 6, 2004
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6

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  1. 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 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 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
  2. Mike
    Sep 13, 2005
    7
    Yo this shit is hot.
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Chunky, hook-laden songs like Tryin' to Breathe and This Way show a newfound sonic confidence, but Dilated Peoples remain astoundingly dull MCs, delivering earnest and predictable rhymes.
  2. Three albums in, their belief that success and integrity don’t have to be mutually exclusive, is finally starting to pay off.
  3. 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.