Los Angeles group Dilated Peoples will take their raw, straightforward hip-hop on a North American club tour starting next week.
The group will begin its travels at home with a show at the Whisky a Go-Go in West Hollywood. From there, it makes its way across the U.S. and Canada and finishes back in West Hollywood for a show at the House of Blues.
Two weeks ago, Dilated Peoples rapper Evidence balked at the notion that the group his partners are rapper Irriscience and
COLOR="#003163">Babuof the DJ crew Beat Junkies was indicative of any Los Angeles scene.
"L.A. has a stereotype," said the 23-year-old rapper (born Michael Parretta). "You're either a gangsta or you're a space-weirdo rapper that can't stay on beat. And that's not the truth. There's all sorts of people in between that." The Pharcyde and Xzibit also are from Los Angeles.
Dilated Peoples’ major-label debut, The Platform, which includes their 1997 underground hit "Work the Angles" (RealAudio excerpt), comes out in May. They also contributed the song
"Soundbombing" (RealAudio excerpt) to the compilation Rawkus Presents Soundbombing II last year.
Dilated Peoples tour dates:
April 12; West Hollywood, Calif.; Whisky a Go-Go
April 24; San Francisco, Calif.; Justice League
April 25; Santa Cruz, Calif.; Palookaville
April 27; Vancouver, British Columbia; The Rage
April 28; Seattle, Wash.; The Nation
April 29; Portland, Ore.; Berbati's Pan
May 1; Salt Lake City, Utah; DV8
May 2; Boulder, Colo.; Fox Theatre
May 3; Lawrence, Kan.; Bottleneck
May 5; Minneapolis, Minn.; First Avenue
May 6; Milwaukee, Wis.; The Rave
May 7; Detroit, Mich.; St. Andrews Hall
May 8; Chicago, Ill.; House of Blues
May 9; Cincinnati, Ohio; Bogart's
May 11; Atlanta, Ga.; Masquerade
May 12; Charlotte, N.C.; Tremont Music Hall
May 13; Baltimore, Md.; Fletcher's
May 15; Philadelphia, Pa.; Theatre of Living Arts
May 16; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club
May 18; Toronto, Ontario; Lee's Palace
May 19; Boston, Mass.; Axis
May 20; Providence, R.I.; Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
May 21; New York, N.Y.; Knitting Factory
May 22; West Hollywood, Calif.; House of Blues