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Wednesday, Apr 12 2017 | 06:18
Image: 1609700 On the West Coast, gangsta rap held sway in hip-hop as
the 21st century began. The alternative and conscious rap
music of the early-to-mid-90s had all but faded into the
underground. The scene was set for a comeback, perhaps
as a backlash to the perceived violence and misogyny of
gangsta rap's content. Leading the resurgence of
alternative hip-hop were groups like Jurassic 5, and recent
signees to Capitol Records, a West coast trio that had
been building steam underground since the early 90s
called Dilated Peoples.
Anticipation was high for the release of the debut album
from Evidence, Rakaa, and DJ Babu. (Of the influential
turntablist collective Beat Junkies.) When The Platform
arrived in May of 2000 it was met with critical and
underground acclaim, as well as affording Dilated Peoples
their first Billboard chartings. It featured a back-to-basics
sound with a heavy debt to the old-school hip-hop ethos,
the kind of sound that harkened back to the early days of
legends like De La Soul & A Tribe Called Quest. Hits like
"No Retreat" and "The Platform" were bolstered by
Evidence & Rakaa's subtle, abstract wit, and swift, adroit
wordplay, while DJ Babu provided production chops and
dextrous scratches. On The Platform the trio were joined
by the likes of B-Real, Tha Alkoholiks, Everlast, Planet
Asia, and many more providing guest vocals, while
boasting guest production from The Alchemist & Kut Masta
Kurt, among others.
Since its 2000 release this influential record, which
heralded the return of alternative hip-hop, has never seen
a vinyl reissue. With that, Get On Down-always on top of
giving the greatest hip-hop albums their due-is proud to
present this re-release of The Platform. The rhymes are
still fresh, the production is still pristine, and the album is
now back on vinyl for the first time in 17 years.

A1. So May I Introduce You
A2. The Platform
A3. No Retreat
A4. Guaranteed
B1. Right On
B2. The Main Event
B3. Service
B4. Ear Drums Pop
C1. Years In The Making
C2. Annihilation
C3. Expanding Man
C4. The Last Line Of Defense
D1. Triple Optics
D2. The Shape Of Things To Come
D3. Work The Angles
D4. Ear Drums Pop (Remix) Available from 05.05.2017
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