As a genre defined by ego, hip hop is saturated with the musical equivalent of chrome scrotums on hoopty bumpers. Take the lyrically and cranially shorn Pitbull, for example.
Seasoned collective Dilated Peoples represents the opposite end of the spectrum, where confidence is implicit and words aren’t wasted on self-inflation. After eight years away, they remain delusion free.
Directors of Photography focuses on Dilated hallmarks, laying subtle alliteration and dexterous allusion atop crisp instrumentals.
For instance, Rakaa Iriscience’s line on the track “Directors”:
Forced to war like Muhammad Ali/
shape the future like cash is clay