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Rakaa Iriscience (Dilated Peoples) | Interview

From Los Angeles, CA, Rakaa Iriscience is a member of the underground hip hop group, Dilated Peoples. The group joined together in 1992 and released the singles “Third Degree” (1997) and “Work The Angles” (1998). They had previously recorded an album, Imagery, Battle Hymns, & Political Poetry, in 1995 that was never released. The group signed with Capitol Records in 2000 and released the album, The Platform. Their sophomore album, Expansion Team, was released in 2001 and included the single, “Worst Comes To Worst”, with production from The Alchemist and a guest appearance from the late Guru. Dilated’s third album, Neighborhood Watch, was released in 2004. They received mainstream success from the song “This Way” with Kanye West. Dilated’s fourth album, 20/20, was released in 2006 as their final album on Capitol. In 2007, they released the DVD documentary, The Release Party, to celebrate their release back into the independent scene. In 2010, Rakaa released his debut solo album, Crown Of Thorns. The album features Aloe Blacc, KRS-One, Evidence, Chali 2na, and more. Production features include !llmind, Sid Roams, DJ Babu, Oh No, DJ Honda, The Alchemist, El-P, and more.

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