Zac Crain of the Dallas Observer spoke with Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5 who spoke out against the commercial hip hop that is pervasive on the airwaves when his group, Dilated Peoples, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Blackalicious have a much tougher time. “Oh, yeah. I mean, there’s no doubt about it. It’s not even a debate, I don’t think, I mean, unless you got something I don’t know about,” Nu Mark said. “That’s what’s on the radio, and that’s what people are buying. People wanna hear MCs talk sh** about women and degrade ’em. Especially women. It’s been proven that they buy most of the records. I don’t know. I can’t explain it. If I was a woman, I wouldn’t wanna be called a bitch or a slut or a ho or whatever. This music is quirky like that. But all you gotta do is do what comes from your heart.”
DaveyD.com reports recently the Not In Our Name project took out a full page ad in the New York Times opposing War on Iraq. Among the signees were fellow Hip Hop artists Mos Def, Ozomatli and Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples. During the Public Enemy show in New York, Blackalicious announced on stage that they would be out at the Central Park Rally later today in New York. Check out more on the Not In Our Name project here.
Public Enemy will begin a twenty-one-date fall tour with Dilated Peoples and Blackalicious on September 14th in Richmond, Virginia. Meanwhile, PE’s Chuck D addressed his song ‘Son of a Bush’ to RollingStone.com saying, “It addresses the almost forgotten governor term that launched him into cheating the presidential election in the first place..”
Mike Davies of Radio 1 spoke with the guys from Dilated Peoples ahead of an exclusive set they’re doing tonight on the network. Speaking about how the music scene has become much less segregated of late, the group said, “Coming from LA especially we were around a lot of things coming together. People listening to rap, reggae, speed metal and whatever. We’ve toured with Linkin Park and Rage Against The Machine and D’Angelo. The scenes are coming together and it’s dope!'” The entire audio interview and transcript at bbc.co.uk/radio1 has since been removed.
Radio 1 spoke with Dilated Peoples last Thursday as the group was praising the UK. The guys revealed how they’d like to be remembered after they hang it up saying, “As a group that broke some of the stereotypes of how you gotta make it in this business. A group that did it honestly and still made it across the line. There’s a lot happening but you’ve gotta be a concentrated force if you wanna be seen in such a diluted market, we keep it dilated instead of diluted.” A transcript or audio to the interview has since been removed from bbc.co.uk/radio1.
Dilated Peoples have announced details of their upcoming tour. The tour is set to kick off on March 5th at San Francisco’s The Fillmore, with dates continuing through Miami’s annual Winter Music Conference. Further dates will be announced shortly.
David Jenison of Mean Street Magazine spoke with Los Angeles rap trio Dilated Peoples who recounted a story of being kicked off a flight from Europe where they’d been touring back to the U.S. co-MC Iriscience said, “The airline attendants walked up and pulled us off the plane one-by-one. We were interrogated for an hour. It is an embarrassing thing, but I’m used to it. In the past, if I simply sit in a certain area of the plane, the flight attendant will tap me on the shoulder and ask to see my ticket. It’s a matter of fear breeding ignorance and ignorance breeding fear to create an extremely negative circle of events.”
Launch.com talked to Dilated Peoples as the group released Expansion Team with Ra saying he and Evidence aren’t just Babu’s DJ’s, “We’re his MCs.” Ra added, “To me, the DJ is the backbone of hip-hop. we let people focus on the mouthpiece instead…a spineless mouthpiece is a bad situation.”
SOHH.com talked to Dilated Peoples group members Iriscience, Evidence and DJ Babu. The guys talked about joining Capitol records admitting, “It’s dope. We had a budget and chilled on doing shows. We got to post up here [in California], in our own soundproof studios and saved time and money. We could have the best of both. All of our collabos [on the record] are with people we make connections with. With a major behind you, it puts us in a different league. Like a Preemo, he has mouths to feed, too.”
Hip Hop 101 will open the mainstage tonight at the annual Bumbershoot celebration in Seattle. The bands showcase include Dilated Peoples, Jurassic 5 and Mos Def. I’ll be at the event tonight and will post a review as time permits. For more info on the concert and Bumbershoot’s efforts to reinvent itself in its 31st year by having a hipper selection of music.