Expansion Team

West Coast underground favorites Dilated Peoples build on their commercial status with the release of Expansion Team.

West Coast underground favorites Dilated Peoples build on their commercial status with the release of Expansion Team. The trio of Iriscience, Evidence, and Babu made its debut last year with The Platform, a critical success that got lost in the shuffle of bling-bling rap. Expansion Team should do just as its title implies. The 16-track set showcases Dilated's combination of intelligent lyrics and mind-blowing production. "Heavy Rotation" teams the trio with left-coast brethren Tha Liks for an all-star outing. Another aural gem is "War," produced by the Roots' Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson. Other standout tracks include the horn-drenched "Proper Propaganda" and "Worst Comes to Worst," the album's lead single.—RH