On TV: Wyclef, Dilated Peoples, LL Cool J

Rap acts on television this week include Wyclef Jean, who performs with Shakira on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Monday and ‘The Early Show’ on Tuesday; Dilated Peoples, who perform on ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on Monday; Paul Wall, who visits ‘Total Request Live’ on Tuesday; LL Cool J, who visits ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Wednesday; Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels of Run-DMC, who visits ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Thursday; T.I., who performs on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Friday; and Nick Cannon, who visits ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Friday.

On TV: LL Cool J, Kanye West, Dilated Peoples

Rap acts on television this week include LL Cool J, who visits ‘The Tyra Banks Show’ on Monday; Dilated Peoples, who perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Wednesday; and the ‘TRL Awards’ on Saturday features an appearance by Kanye West.

Dilated Peoples Tweaks Its Formula Toward Pop

The Baltimore Sun reports that unlike the Black Eyed Peas, Dilated Peoples’ L.A. rap peers, the trio doesn’t plan to dilute its formula for the pop charts. “There’s a lot of stuff I like on the radio but, at the same time, it’s very cookie-cutter,” says Babu, who along with the Alchemist and Evidence, produced the tracks on their latest effort ‘Neighborhood Watch’. “It’s got to be a little more balanced. I remember [hip-hop] being a little more diverse when I was a kid. It still is. Now you got to dig a little deeper for different [stuff].” Read more.

Dilated Peoples Play Hip Hop’s Bridge Builders

Evidence, Rakaa ‘Iriscience’, and Babu of Dilated Peoples visited MuchMusic in Toronto on March 26th to talk about their new album ‘Neighborhood Watch’, which dropped earlier this month. Asked how they see themselves in the rap game, the group responded, “Bridge builders. You know, we’re bridging a lot of different styles, a lot of different eras, a lot of different things together, but at the same time, you know, we’re not out on any gimmicky- type vibe. We just do what we do. We just try to keep getting better and better at what we do. Yeah, I think– you know, like a lot of people say this is underground rap or this is backpack rap or this is gangsta rap or this pop rap, but I feel with Dilated Peoples, we’re just saying good music is good music. Whether you’re on an independent label or a major, I think it’s going to shine with Dilated.”

Kanye West Hits The Road With Dilated Peoples

Kanye West will be heading out on his first headlining tour across the U.S. in support of his debut album, ‘The College Dropout’. The 34-date outing kicks off on March 16th at Virginia Tech University before ending with three nights of shows in Chicago, the last happening on May 5th. Opening for Kanye will be Dilated Peoples, touring in support of their new album ‘Neighborhood Watch’, which hits stores on April 6th. Read on for the tour dates.