Dilated Peoples – Released ‘Expansion Team’ On This Date In 2001
Expansion TeamÂ is the second album fromÂ West Coast hip hopÂ groupÂ Dilated Peoples. The release is widely consideredÂ the group’s best album, led by the hit rap single “Worst Comes to Worst“, sampled fromÂ William Bell’s “I Forgot to Be Your Lover”.Â Expansion TeamÂ features production from Dilated members Evidence and Babu, as well as popular underground rap producersÂ DJ Premier,Â The Alchemist,Â Da Beatminerz,Â QuestloveÂ ofÂ The RootsÂ and JuJu ofÂ The Beatnuts. Album guests includeÂ GuruÂ ofÂ Gang Starr,Â Black ThoughtÂ ofÂ The Roots,Â Tha AlkaholiksÂ andÂ Beat Junkiesmembers J-Rocc,Â RhettmaticÂ and Melo-D.
Its members,Â DJ BabuÂ from the DJ crewÂ Beat Junkies;Â Evidence; andÂ RakaaÂ joined together in 1992 and released “Third Degree” (1997) and “Work the Angles” (1998) on ABB Records, developing a solid fan base in the underground hip hop community. They had previously recorded an album titledÂ Imagery, Battle Hymns & Political PoetryÂ (1995) that was never released, although many fans still have it on bootlegged tapes. The group eventually signed withÂ Capitol RecordsÂ and releasedÂ The PlatformÂ (2000) to more critical acclaim.