Neighborhood Watch - Dilated Peoples
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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. Most of Neighborhood Watch is uncompromising proof that hip-hoppers, like rockers, can move units and still stay true. [May 2004, p.106]
  3. Three albums in, their belief that success and integrity don’t have to be mutually exclusive, is finally starting to pay off.
  4. 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.
  5. 60
    All good, but not quite great. [Apr 2004, p.85]
  6. 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
    Yo this shit is hot.
  2. VinceH
    May 21, 2004
    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
    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
    Just 2 songs (This Way, Who's Who) are listenable, the remaining is just rubbish.