SEPT 2ND & 3RD: DILATED PEOPLES AT THE DRY DIGGINGS MUSIC FESTIVAL!

September 2nd & 3rd during the Labor Day Weekend, Dj Babu will be joining his group Dilated Peoples at the Dry Diggings Music Festival.  Also on the bill is Dilated’s own Evidence, Anuhea, Spawnbreezie, & many more. If you want to get your camping on & watch musical acts, this is the place to be.

For tickets: https://drydiggingsfestival.com/buy-tickets 

 

SATURDAY (6/4/16): BLAZE N GLORY MUSIC FESTIVAL w/ NAS, ATMOSPHERE, DILATED PEOPLES & MORE!

This Saturday (June 4th) is the Blaze N Glory Music Festival at the San Manuel Amphitheatre in San Bernadino, Ca. An all star line up gracing 2 stages: Nas, Atmosphere, Dilated Peoples, Common Kings, Stephen “Ragga” Marley & many more! For more info & tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Blaze-n-Glory-Festival-tickets/artist/2088165

FRIDAY (4/22/16) & SAT (4/23/16): DILATED PEOPLES AT THE OBSERVATORY OC & SAN DIEGO!

Friday & Saturday (April 22nd & 23rd), Dilated Peoples will be performing at The Observatory both in Orange County & San Diego, CA this past November. Make sure to check out Rakaa, Evidence, & Dj Babu at these shows! All Ages, Tix: $10. Don’t miss this dope Hip Hop show…one of the best groups to do it!

SATURDAY (3.26.16): ABRA CA DABS MUSIC FESTIVAL w/ DILATED PEOPLES, THE VISIONARIES & MORE!

Saturday (March 26th) is the Abra Ca Dabs Festival at the San Bernadino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, CA. With performances by Dilated Peoples, The Visionaries, Awol One, & many more.  For more info: www.abracadabsfestival.com

“Unifying our community thru music, arts, & concentrates”

We In This: Dilated Peoples at Rhymesayers 20th Homecoming

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It only took 20 years for this Hip Hop homecoming marathon to come together, and on December 4th 2015, I am pleased to say we were there with bells on.  My friend Judy Blum and I were geared up for 7 hours of non-stop Hip Hop.  To clarify, the Rhymesayers 20th tour included 29 acts crammed into 7 hours of play-time, all whilst surrounded by where ya from Hip Hop fans packed into the Target Center Arena in downtown Minneapolis.

 

The Players: (Alphabetically listed)

Abstract Rude, Aesop Rock, Atmosphere, Battlecats, BK One, Blueprint, Boom Bap Project, Brother Ali, deM atlaS, Dilated Peoples, DJ Abilities, Evidence, Felt, Freeway, Grayskul, Grieves, Hail Mary Mallon, I Self Devine, Jake One, K-Salaam, Los Nativos, Micranots, Mr. Dibbs, Musab, P.O.S, Prof, Soul Position, The Uncluded, and Toki Wright

 

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Unlike the last time we met to hit this town, the stars were somehow aligned perfectly. The aura was right, spirits were high, there was no curve balls, no drama, nothing but a diverse selection of Hip Hop acts and 8 dollar beers, and other than that insane expense denting the wallet, nothing could go wrong in this situation.

This time we were there to work, and having fun would only be the unavoidable byproduct of our “job” of documenting and recording this once in a lifetime event.

So that’s what we did; we worked. Photo after photo, with beer breaks only when we got thirsty.  We took it all in, soaked it up like a sponge and now it’s time to wring it out.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and we somehow got a thousand pictures, so it’s apparent this post is better without a thousand words.  For the universal love of eye candy and in the interest of keeping it short and sweet, this topic will be limited to the money shots (no porno) and verbiage will be nothing more than the essential need-to-know captions.

 

Highlights:

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The surprising and invigorating entrance of Los Nativos

 

 

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The crowd hushing poetic acapella opening of deM atlaS prior to his first beat drop.

 

 

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Grieves owning the crowd.

 

 

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I Self Devine’s shine time…

 

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Prof blowing up the spot rockin his ugly Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer socks.

 

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A calm yet commanding Aesop Rock as 1/2 of the Uncluded

 

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After a brief Rock\Hip Hop hybrid set, Mr. Dibbs reaches out to connect with his people.

 

 

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DJ Abilities blistering fast cuts and his touching tribute to the legendary spitter Eyedea.

 

 

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Blueprint’s short solo before being joined by RJD2…

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when Soul Position formed like Voltron…

 

 

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Finally, Dilated Peoples rears up, announcing that they “are back!”  What could this mean?  New album coming?

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DJ Babu tearing up the ones and twos through the haze…

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…in perfect form, seemingly undaunted by the lack of any kind of cable management system.

 

 

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Murs and Ant for Felt…  Like all of the good acts it seemed way too short.

 

 

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Towering master of ceremonies Brother Ali blew away the audience with a little help from his B-Boys and B-Girls.

 

^Here’s a short gif of that in action.

 

 

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Judy Blum was as giddy as a schoolgirl to see Slug of Atmosphere

 

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Apparently the feeling was mutual.   Slug was thrilled to see Judy in the press pit.

 

 

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“I own the Camaro and the mobile home, so where the fuck you gonna go?”

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At midnight, Slug was still at the top of his game, rousing the once fatigued crowd into a second-wind frenzy.

 

 

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End of the night: rchecka (L) and Judy Blum (R) in the press pit.

7 hours in, still professional as ever, still working hard to get the shots, but admittedly we were hammering the beers at this point.  I maintain that since we worked so hard we deserved it.  And hey, when it’s hammer time, it’s selfie time…

 

On a personal tip, I gotta say this is the hard part of the story…  Picking out pics for this was difficult, and a lot of deserving artists never got photographed or mentioned, but it’s hardest of all to sum up a night with this many unforgettable highlights.  Needless to say I am truly honored to have the opportunity to do so.

My only complaint about the entire homecoming is some well deserving incredible sets were cut short due to justifiable but regrettable time constraints.  Well, there’s that complaint and the fact that a epic event like this will never happen again in my lifetime.  Which brings me to my obligatory recommendation; if you get the opportunity to catch any of the artists that graced this tour, you need to find a way to make it happen.

…As luck has it, TONIGHT is your chance to do just that…  The Dilated Peoples along with other special guests are playing tonight at The House Of Blues in Anahiem, CA.  For more information check out our recent blog post.

 

-written by rchecka

photos: rchecka & Judy Blum

Fb: @rchecka

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18TH: DILATED PEOPLES AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES ANAHIEM

Friday (December 18th), Dilated Peoples will be performing at The House Of Blues in Anahiem, CA this past November. With special guests The Step Brothers (w/ Alchemist),Fashawn, & opening DJ set by our very own Mr. Choc. Doors open at 8pm, All Ages, Tix: $25. Don’t miss this dope Hip Hop show, possibly the last one for 2015.

AUDIO: THE BEAT JUNKIES PRESENT SOUNDCHECK EP. 1 w/ MED, DILATED PEOPLES, & LMNO

If you have been following what we’ve been doing, you know that we started our very own Radio Station channel at Dash Radio….Beat Junkie Radio! We also have our very own show called Soundcheck, that we do live every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month from 7-10PM. We launched our first show on February 10th with special guests Dilated Peoples, MED, & LMNO.

People have been requesting for the first episode, so here it is! Enjoy the show & make sure you tune in to Beat Junkie Radio, exclusively on Dash.

The Beat Junkies present Soundcheck Ep. 1 (2.10.15)
w/ MED, Dilated Peoples, & LMNO

First Hour:

Mix: J.Rocc

Intro
Common – Rewind That
The Quakers feat. Guilty Simpson – Rip
Mobb Deep – Taking You Off Here
Step Brothers – Swim Team Rastas
Bizarre Ride – Double Lief
Jay Electronica – We Made It feat Jay-Z
MF DOOM – Doomsayer (Young Guru Remix)
Mr. Muthaf**kin Exquire feat. Heron – Chains
Slum Village – Scheming w/ J Dilla, Posdnous & Phile Dawg
PRhyme – U Loos
Cozz – DKBU
J Dilla – Baby feat Guilty simpson
J Dilla – Lightworks
J Dilla – Pause feat Frank & Dank
Dabrye – Game Over feat. Jay Dee
Dinco D x Mellow Man Ace x Jarobi White – Case by Case
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D.I.T.C – Digging In The Crates (Dj Premier Remix)
Masta Ace – Top Ten List (??? Remix)

Guest: MED
Axel F – Omega feat Blu
Axel F – Searchin’
Axel F – Screechin White Walls feat. Guilty Simpson
MED – Jungle Love feat. Guilty Simpson

Second Hour:

Mix: Dj Babu

Vince Staples – Progressive 3 babu edits
Your Old Droog – Bad To The Bone
Fashawn – The Beginning

Guest: Dilated Peoples
Dilated Peoples – Let Your Thoughts Fly Away
Dilated Peoples – Cut My Teeth
Dilated Peoples – Directors
Dilated Peoples Good As Gone (Live)

Pusha T – Lunch Money
Rapsody – Godzilla
PRhyme – To Me To You
NikoBeats – Remove This Doubt
Ultimate Force – I’m Not Playing

Third Hour:

Mix: Dj Icy Ice

Slimkid3 x Dj Nu-Mark – No Pity Party
Da Bush Babies- The Love Song
Mass influence – All Out

Guest: LMNO
LMNO – Long Beach (inst)
LMNO – Industry
LMNO & Twiz The BeatPro as Cohorts – Cohorts
Cohorts – Like Mind

Pete Rock & CL Smooth  – Straighten It Out
Stro Elliot – Miles Funk
The Loop Professor – The Stop and Gil
Outro

 

VIDEO RECAP: THE DILATED PEOPLES FAMILY TREE SHOW AT THE OBSERVATORY (11/20.14)

Here’s a video recap of Dilated PeoplesFamily Tree show at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA this past November. With special guests The Alchemist, Defari, Fashawn, Exile, Madchild, & our very own Rhettmatic & Mr. Choc. The show was an sold out event as the video shows bits & pieces from the show. The video is shot by Brand-O. “Directors Of Photography” is available now on Rhymesayers Ent.

THROWBACK THURSDAYS (AUDIO): DILATED PEOPLES – “DILATED CLASSICS” Mixed by DJ BABU (2002) (

Peace Everyone….

It’s another installment of Throwback Thursdays. In honor of tonight’s Dilated Peoples show at The Observatory in Orange County, I thought it would be proper to post this rare Dilated promo mixtape that Babs (Dj Babu) mixed to promote for their 2nd album “Expansion Team” back in 2002. All classic Dilated cuts that we all have grown to love such as 3rd Degree with Defari, Global Dynamics, Annihilate, The Platform, & many more.

Make sure you join Dilated, Alchemist, Madchild, Fashawn, Exile, Mr. Choc, & myself at the Observation tonight (11/20/14) in Santa Ana, Ca.

Enjoy the Dilated Classics…..see y’all tonight!

Rhettmatic

http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Dilated+Classics+Promo+Mixed+By+DJ+Babu/6705946

 

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: DILATED PEOPLES feat. ALOE BLACC – “SHOW ME THE WAY”

The Triple Optic Trio returns with their 2nd official video “Show Me The Way” featuring the one & only Aloe Blacc.  The video is shot around different parts of their home, Los Angeles. Off their album “Directors Of Photography” on Rhymesayers Entertainment, available NOW!

iTunes: http://bit.ly/DOPitunes
CD/Vinyl: http://bit.ly/DOP_FE
Amazon: http://bit.ly/DOPamz

Song produced by: Jake One
Featuring: Aloe Blacc
Director: Andrew Melby and Evidence
DP: Andrew Melby
AC: Brent Reno
Production Assistant: Ivan Valderrama
Editor and Colorist: Andrew Melby
Aloe Blacc Animations: Joe Dressel
#DirectorsOfPhotography

VIDEO: MASS APPEAL’S “RHYTHM ROULETTE” w/ DJ BABU

The Dilated Junkie himself, Dj Babu, is featured on new episode of Mass Appeal‘s “Rhythm Roulette” video series.

“On this episode of Rhythm Roulette, we’re joined by 1/3 of Dilated Peoples and member of the World Famous Beat Junkies, DJ Babu. Many don’t know that along with being a highly skilled battle DJ (known for his legendary “Blind Alley” beat juggle), the ITF champion also gets it in on the production tip. From Super Duck Breaks to The Beat Tapeseries, Babu crafts hip hop shit that knocks, while managing to be progressive at the same time.

We took the Beat Junkie to the Record Jungle outside of Los Angeles to play a game of Rhythm Roulette. After that, we headed back to his studio to put your boy to the test. After listening through all three records, Babu took a joint from The Association’s Stop Your Motor album, threw it on his AKAI MPK49 and got to work.”

VIDEO: DILATED PEOPLES RELEASE PARTY RECAP + DJ BABU’S SPECIAL DILATED EDITS!

We have a new video posted up following our very own Dj Babu during the day of the official release of Dilated Peoples‘ new album “Directors Of Photography”.

Follow Babu as he, Evidence, & Rakaa Iriscience do an instore performance at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, signing autographs and shaking hands with their fans. Then after their instore, the guys head to the legendary Hollywood club, Whiskey A Go-Go for their own album release party. Special appearances by Rhettmatic, MC Supernatural, Madchild of Swollen Members, Sick Jacken of Psycho Realm, Fashawn, & The Alchemist.

We also have special Dilated Peoples edits done by Dj Babu himself available at our digital record pool for our subscribers.  If you’re a DJ and would like exclusives stuff like this, come join our record pool now! http://www.beatjunkies.com

Dilated Peoples’ “Directors Of Photography” out right now!
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Video by Brand-O

 

VIDEO: DJ BABU TALKS ABOUT THE TIME A WILD FAN PUNCH DJ PREMIER (247HH)

This video is courtesy of 247HH:

Our very own DJ Babu sits with @247HH to remember a wild story while on the tour with Gang Starr and Rage Against The Machine. Find out why you don’t mess with DJ Premier.  Dilated Peoples“Directors Of Photography” on Rhymesayers Entertainment is out now!!!  S/O to Jellow of 247HH

 

Beat Junkies x Power 106

Power 106 Video Recap Right Here:

Thank you to Power 106 for letting us drop by to announce the launch of our new site and cut it up with the Power Mixers. Word up to all the DJS at Power for their support. Ever, E-Man, Nick Ferrer, Eric Dlux, Big Syphe, Justin Incredible, Cokee, P-Jay, Inferno, Carisma, Reflex, Fuze, Vick One, Epic Twelve, Sourmilk, Felli Fel and Ingwell.

DJ BABU MIXES LIVE ON “SWAY IN THE MORNINGS” ON SHADE 45

Our very own Dj Babu stopped by Sway of Wake Up Show & MTV Fame on his morning show, “Sway In The Mornings” on Shade 45/Sirius XM this Tuesday morning, to drop a special mix and to promote Dilated Peoples‘ new album “Directors Of Photography” on Rhymesayers Entertainment, which drops next Tuesday, August 12th!

Peep out his mix & download it here: http://www.tunelinks.com/s/19222/Sway_In_The_Morning_Mix__8_5_2014_

THROWBACK: DILATED PEOPLES & CHALI 2NA AT FAT BEATS 1999 (VIDEO)

In honor of The Word Of Mouth 2014 Reunion Tour, we had to post this video up of Dilated Peoples & Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, courtesy of our good friend Dj Eclipse of Halftime Radio Show/La Coka Nostra fame.  This was shot at Fat Beats NYC during the 1st Word Of Mouth tour in 1999.

This is what Dj Eclipse had to say about the clip:
“Since Dilated & Jurassic are back on tour together and hitting NYC this weekend I figured I would post this clip from the last time they were on tour together back in 1999. This footage is from a Dilated Peoples in-store at Fat Beats NYC on the day that they were doing their New York stop on the “Word Of Mouth” tour. August 11, 1999. The bill was Dilated Peoples, Jurassic 5, Beat Junkies and me, DJ Eclipse. The venue was Tramps, home to some of the illest shows NYC had seen in the 90s. The interesting thing about this show was that it was the last show Tramps had before it closed down. Some footage from that night to come.”

Tonight (August 3rd, 2014) is the last show of The Word Of Mouth 2014 Tour at the House Of Blues Boston.  Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm sharp!  Don’t miss this show….it might be a long time that you’ll get to see this whole line-up perform & tour together….don’t sleep!