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Rakaa Iriscience (of Dilated Peoples): Crown Of Thorns

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Rakaa, one third of world-renowned hip-hop crew Dilated Peoples is releasing Crown of Thorns (Decon Records), his debut solo album after four albums with his group and numerous guest spots. Produced by fellow members Evidence and DJ Babu with guest production by The Alchemist, El-P, !llmind, Exile, Sid Roams, King Jahzzy, dj honda and Eric Bobo & DJ Rhettmatic, Crown of Thorns is the sonic prism that has absorbed the myriad cultures taken in by the travelling emcee and reflected them back in the form of a groundbreaking debut. It's not an overstatement to say that Rakaa's whole life has, consciously or not, gone into the production of this album. "This record is my opportunity to give context so people understand more what I'm trying to do," says the emcee. "It's the first time I'm really making a conscious decision to sit down and let somebody come into my house, and after all of this time, I'm welcoming all guests." Some of those guests include, Defari, Chali 2na, Fashawn, Aloe Blacc, and the legendary KRS-ONE.

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1. Crown Of Thorns
featuring Aloe Blacc
Producers: Sid Roams
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2. The Observatory
featuring Mad Lion
Producers: King Jahzzy
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3. Delilah
Producers: Evidence
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4. Human Nature (Now Breathe)
featuring KRS-One
Producers: Exile
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5. C.T.D.
Producers: Babu
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6. Assault & Battery
Producers: Oh No
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7. Ambassador Slang
featuring Tasha (aka Yoon Mi Rae); Tiger JK; Roscoe Umali; Bigryzn; Moshpit; Dumbfoundead; Tassho Pearce; Tablo; Mithra Jin; Jay Jaballas; King Kapisi
Producers: DJ Honda
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8. Eyes Wide
featuring Krondon (of Strong Arm Steady)
Producers: Babu
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9. Mezcal
Producers: Illmind
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10. Rosetta Stone Grove (Universal Language)
featuring Noelle Scaggs
Producers: Eric Bobo; DJ Rhettmatic
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11. Aces High
featuring Fashawn; Evidence (of Dilated Peoples); Defari
Producers: Alchemist
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12. Mean Streak
featuring Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5)
Producers: El-P
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13. Upstairs
Producers: Alchemist
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4.2 Stars (4.2 Stars )
Total Comments: 63
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/15/2014 1:12:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
Location: az
Comment: We gotta support real emcee's that don't sellout!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/6/2012 8:24:00 AM; Partial IP: 52.171.119)
Location: Your mum's bedroom
Comment: Anyone who gives this cd any less than 5 stars is a fucking window licker. Best album of 2011
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 11/3/2011 2:17:00 AM; Partial IP: .250.8.248)
Location: cocowan
Comment: mmm the best track 4. Human Nature (Now Breathe) featuring KRS-One (Produced By: Exile)
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/6/2010 6:11:00 PM; Partial IP: .140.4.115)
Location: LA
Comment: I bought this and I enjoyed it. Specially the production.
Name: (Posted: 8/13/2010 9:04:00 PM; Partial IP: 6.42.4.195)
Location: Wisconsin
Comment: love the album, definitly buying it when it comes out
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 8/10/2010 10:10:00 PM; Partial IP: 89.122.200)
Location: T DOT
Comment: Expand and Dilate!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 8/6/2010 9:57:00 AM; Partial IP: .137.8.115)
Location: dA bUrG, FL
Comment: Dope album from beginning to the end!! Meanstreak is a dope track. Rakaa came strong with his first album he picked some raw ass beats. This album is well worth the mula!!!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 8/1/2010 1:12:00 AM; Partial IP: .150.149.1)
Location: detroit, mi
Comment: dope album. my girl tasha aka yoon mirae is sick , glad that dope korean rapper on the album
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/30/2010 3:22:00 PM; Partial IP: 2.116.75.2)
Location: Norway
Comment: damn this album is good, love track 1,2,8,9 and 12 are all dope songs, solig hip hop album!!!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/28/2010 2:10:00 PM; Partial IP: 74.181.149)
Location: oc, california
Comment: been waitin for rakaa's solo album for many years now this album's dope...goin on my dp's collection
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/27/2010 5:41:00 PM; Partial IP: .78.106.42)
Location: Vegas
Comment: Good cd, not great or a classic.... I thought the production could have been better on this one... His subject matter and guests were on point..I guess I was looking for more but, I still applaud his effort on this... Personally Nu World by El Da Sensei and International Summers by John Robinson And LP are better IMO.... Mean Streak and Deliah are my fav tracks.... Good effort as a whole...
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/26/2010 10:20:00 AM; Partial IP: 26.220.235)
Location: West Coast Revolution
Comment: Rakaa has put together probably the best "True Hip Hop" album of the year. The unfortunate part is that it probably won't get the full credit it deserves. Solid production, intelligent and politically savy lyrics and music with a thought provoking message of substance. The total opposite of all of the current radio-friendly, commercial, fake hustler, studio gangster, rap and r n b hook music produced over fisher-price/toys r us beats with autotune artist revelvant due to american idol that continues to infest the airwaves and cause consistent ear bleeding and other psychological trauma!!! Real Hop Hop will live forever!
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/26/2010 8:26:00 AM; Partial IP: .168.169.4)
Location: raleigh, nc
Comment: shyt is good enough for me mane!
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/22/2010 10:23:00 PM; Partial IP: 31.127.213)
Location: IE CA
Comment: Ohhh Sounds Nice!! CA ALL DAY. Only 4 b/c right or wrong I can't help but compare it to Ev's Solo which is lil better overall. Don't get it wrong this has heaters though. Better then 90% ish out there
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/20/2010 9:12:00 PM; Partial IP: 202.203.31)
Location: SLC, UT
Comment: DAAAAAAAAMN. BOUT TIME RAKAA DROPPED A SOLO. BEEN WAITING TEN YEARS FOR THIS. BOOOM!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/20/2010 5:55:00 PM; Partial IP: 95.152.160)
Location: London
Comment: Dope shit. Batty Boy > your name says it all.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/20/2010 5:26:00 PM; Partial IP: 242.151.82)
Location: SAN DIEGO
Comment: I LOVE THIS SHIT FUCK ANY SO CALLED REAL HIP HOP HEAD THAT DONT FEEL THIS THAT MEAN STREAK TRACK TAKES ME BACK WHEN I LIVED IN L.A YOU GOTTA BE A REAL GRAFF HEAD FROM THE 90'S TO UNDERSTAND THAT SONG PLUS EL P IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PRODUCERS PEACE 2 DILATED CANT WAIT 4 CATS AND DOGS.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/17/2010 1:07:00 PM; Partial IP: .23.115.86)
Location: Places Uncharted
Comment: i've been waiting on this for a long, long time. I love evidence, but this guy is what hooked me on dilated in my middle school days. EXPAND & DILATE!
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/17/2010 11:50:00 AM; Partial IP: 88.178.104)
Location: USA
Comment: Rakaa is always tight...beats need work...the canned computer digital beats and drums are boring...expected more
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/16/2010 7:55:00 AM; Partial IP: .130.36.63)
Location: Sofia,Bulgaria
Comment: Dope album,heavy production,solid rhymes,cool artwork...don't know what else to say...expand & dilate!
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/16/2010 3:08:00 AM; Partial IP: 1.0.26.151)
Location: South AFRICA
Comment: Mad lyricist + strong prod. + well respected line-up (undergroud not main stream) = SOMETHING TO LOOK OUT FOR (in my head it 5 stars "bitch")
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/15/2010 11:07:00 PM; Partial IP: 49.178.206)
Location: Florida
Comment: This has some pretty good tracks! Especially Aces High ;
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/15/2010 2:13:00 AM; Partial IP: .20.94.241)
Location: chile
Comment: mmm.... no es lo que esperaba. no too good 4 me....
Name: (Posted: 7/13/2010 7:28:00 AM; Partial IP: 78.206.251)
Location: nl
Comment: Rakaa's oldskool flow isn't really special but on some tracks it works out. Production and feature wise this sounds pretty dope though.
Name: (Posted: 7/10/2010 1:16:00 PM; Partial IP: 3.78.0.105)
Location: tampa
Comment: this looks dope and evidence never cancelled cats & dogs, its due in the fall!
Name: (Posted: 7/9/2010 12:58:00 AM; Partial IP: 27.204.227)
Location: sao jose dos campos,brasil
Comment: very,very good!!!
Name: (Posted: 7/8/2010 12:04:00 AM; Partial IP: .94.91.131)
Location: santa ana,ca
Comment: yo faget newporn..//i know some cats that know about ur faget azz crew tfe hurd yall some gay azz dudes.. a str8 broke back mountain azz dudes..lol..lil azz weenies..lol..
Name: (Posted: 7/7/2010 6:06:00 PM; Partial IP: .183.42.33)
Location: South Central Los Angeles
Comment: A lil dissapointed thought Rakka was gonna have that boom bap sound, but Im still gonna buy this record! Black Men STAND UP!
Name: (Posted: 7/5/2010 11:50:00 AM; Partial IP: .8.252.214)
Location: hemadf DSFWD
Comment: hdsfsdsd dsfdsvdas sdfed dcvdwsfdsFDSAF
Name: (Posted: 6/30/2010 6:41:00 PM; Partial IP: 52.138.181)
Location: DETROIT
Comment: OH NO PROD. IS WACK THIS DUDE IS SO OVER RATED,
Name: (Posted: 6/30/2010 11:10:00 AM; Partial IP: 4.150.78.7)
Location: Toronto
Comment: Very solid solo album.
Name: (Posted: 6/28/2010 9:48:00 PM; Partial IP: 108.47.174)
Location: usa ny
Comment: SOUNDS DOPE. LOOKIN FORWARD TO GET THIS ONE! P
Name: (Posted: 6/27/2010 7:00:00 AM; Partial IP: 119.56.250)
Location: la
Comment: i agree wit ambassador slang being the fire
Name: (Posted: 6/24/2010 5:21:00 PM; Partial IP: 108.40.213)
Location: home
Comment: rakaa did the artwork one two these new jacks are dumbbbbbbbbbbbbb
Name: (Posted: 6/24/2010 3:10:00 PM; Partial IP: .28.41.228)
Location: Reno, NV
Comment: Man! if Krondon wulda rapped in #8 it wulda been soo solid! I give it 4stars. sick beats..
Name: (Posted: 6/23/2010 5:07:00 PM; Partial IP: 10.104.110)
Location: Palm Beach Garden, Florida
Comment: Rakaa+Chali 2na+El-P= Hip Hop Supreme
Name: (Posted: 6/23/2010 4:12:00 PM; Partial IP: 237.34.198)
Location: france
Comment: just the song "ambassador slang" is good , the rest is average
Name: (Posted: 6/23/2010 3:09:00 PM; Partial IP: 51.214.210)
Location: Los Angeles
Comment: Sweet 8lb 6oz new born baby jesus. This album is insane. Holdin it down for CA. This is untouchable.
Name: (Posted: 6/21/2010 4:26:00 PM; Partial IP: 78.179.130)
Location: FL
Comment: The line up on this one is flawless! I bet that DJ Honda track is gonna be bananas, plantains, fucking green bananas, and just absolute crazyness. I hope this shit doesnt turn out to be a dud please oh please no.
Name: (Posted: 6/16/2010 4:43:00 AM; Partial IP: 119.56.250)
Location: honolulu hawaii
Comment: shit is going 4 b classic yo....i have a feeling mean streak going 4 b my favorite 1....bigups 2 da big homie rakaa!!!!
Name: (Posted: 6/4/2010 9:35:00 PM; Partial IP: .94.91.131)
Location: santa ana,ca
Comment: this go's out 2 newporn or whatever ur faget name is bro..first of all the real graff headz came from the early 80's and 90's..so I bet u r a new booty to the game youngster..lol..and second of all rakaa is one of thee dopest under rated emcees from the west coast,but ounce this album comes out''crowns of thorns''its goin 2 b a wrap..but regardless he's out there and known world wide why ur faget ass is local..lol..hahahaha..u faget ass inhouse bitch faget..save the hate for ur mama..lol..
Name: (Posted: 6/4/2010 4:14:00 PM; Partial IP: 21.159.129)
Location: UK
Comment: I cannot wait for this!!
Name: (Posted: 6/1/2010 12:45:00 PM; Partial IP: 32.145.117)
Location: Santa Ana ALLLLL DAYYYYY
Comment: rakka is fkn rediculously dope we need sumthing from him and crown of thorns is jus what we need sum of that reall hip hop spit from a true lyricist.... SEA AYEE!!!! ALLLLLLL DAAAAAAAAAAYYYY!!
Name: (Posted: 5/29/2010 5:40:00 PM; Partial IP: 13.156.115)
Location: Santa Ana ,C A ALL DAY
Comment: THIS IS FOR THAT DUMB ASS IDIOT SLAP A HOE ! IT SUCKS THAT UR FROM MY CITY, U DONT MAKE CENTS AND I WAS NEVER HATEING JUST DATEING FACTS n*gga! IF U CAN READ n*gga! A TRUE HIPHOP HEAD , U CAN CATCH ME ON THE STREETS ON THAT GRAFF LIFE "4E" "TFEK"
Name: (Posted: 5/22/2010 9:20:00 PM; Partial IP: 184.17.243)
Location: Denmark, Copenhagen
Comment: I love Dilated Peoples..and looks like this release is gonna be dope!! I might buy it
Name: (Posted: 5/16/2010 10:50:00 AM; Partial IP: 68.90.31.2)
Location: BMORE-AFGANISTAN
Comment: I placed an order for this as it should be a good album.
Name: (Posted: 5/15/2010 8:17:00 PM; Partial IP: 239.144.55)
Location: Soufside
Comment: Production List is Crazy. Digs da Artwork Too.
Name: (Posted: 5/13/2010 10:53:00 PM; Partial IP: .94.91.131)
Location: santa ana,ca
Comment: this comment goes to newborn and batty boy..yall on some bitch type shitt..got nothinn to dew but hate cuz yall fags aint doin nothin but playin xbox yall in house ass bitch boyz..save the hate for ur momma bitch boyz..
Name: (Posted: 5/12/2010 1:05:00 PM; Partial IP: 67.217.226)
Location: Washington DC
Comment: Looks like he got DozeGreen art on the cover...dope way to set it off. Rakaa won't disappoint
Name: (Posted: 5/12/2010 5:55:00 AM; Partial IP: 186.58.147)
Location: SJ, CA
Comment: yea this shits gon slap. ill be coppin it...
Name: (Posted: 5/12/2010 2:43:00 AM; Partial IP: 6.31.23.68)
Location: 6 UNO 7
Comment: GOOD SHHH I WANT
Name: (Posted: 5/11/2010 11:37:00 AM; Partial IP: 69.153.230)
Location: france
Comment: looks fookin goood
Name: (Posted: 5/10/2010 10:38:00 PM; Partial IP: 36.155.131)
Location: home
Comment: There's a chance that this could be the best album out this year. Mean Streak? Rakaa, Chali 2na and El-P on production..I'm in
Name: (Posted: 5/10/2010 7:26:00 PM; Partial IP: 6.25.55.26)
Location: Aurora
Comment: This should be good. good thing one dilated member is droppin since evidence cancelled "Cats & Dogs"
Name: (Posted: 5/10/2010 1:11:00 PM; Partial IP: 25.223.102)
Location: LA
Comment: Underrated Emcee forsure.He got some dope emcees and producers on this.Hopefully this will give him the shine he deserves
Name: (Posted: 5/10/2010 11:54:00 AM; Partial IP: .116.73.65)
Location: Norway
Comment: rakaa is one the most underrated rapper out in my opinon, cant wait cuz this cant fail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! one!
Name: (Posted: 5/10/2010 9:16:00 AM; Partial IP: 213.55.150)
Location: UGHH
Comment: This looks strong. I've nbeen waiting for Rakaa's solo.
Name: (Posted: 5/9/2010 6:42:00 AM; Partial IP: .104.1.224)
Location: at home
Comment: 1. FUCK BATTY BOY. 2. FINALLY RAKAA IS PUTTIN IN SOME WORK, LOOKS DOPE TOO.
Name: (Posted: 5/8/2010 10:28:00 PM; Partial IP: 15.109.178)
Location: o
Comment: YES..west coast hip hop heat rocks .. and is that a dj honda siting? looks strong
Name: (Posted: 5/8/2010 8:07:00 PM; Partial IP: .117.62.73)
Location: salt lake city utah
Comment: yeah that kid in seattle if a bitch rakkaa has mad skill whos your favorite emcee lil wayne bitch
Name: (Posted: 5/8/2010 7:09:00 PM; Partial IP: 0.29.16.24)
Location: Planet X
Comment: hahah at the idiot in seattle for saying what he said
Name: (Posted: 5/7/2010 7:33:00 PM; Partial IP: 13.156.115)
Location: santa ana ,C A
Comment: FUCK THAT! THE ONLY THING RAKAA PACKS IS BARS....AND YEAH' WE BEEN WAITING...
Name: (Posted: 5/7/2010 7:11:00 PM; Partial IP: 13.225.226)
Location: SEATTLE
Comment: JUST WHAT WE NEED, A CD FROM THE GUY THET PACKS EV'S LUGGAGE ON TOUR.
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