The defiant 20/20 is touted as a return to those simple pleasures, minus big-name guests and obvious hooks. At times, there's too much déjà vu: There are so many underground groups now tapping into the same aesthetic that the novelty of Dilated's old-school approach is gone. However, Rakaa and Evidence, along with DJ Babu, compensate by ratcheting up the intensity; hard-hitting boom-bap like "Alarm Clock Music" is a ringing reminder of how clear their vision remains.
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