While the two other members of Dilated Peoples (Evidence and DJ Babu) have both released a slew of solo albums, instrumental records and EPs, the seminal '90s and early '00s underground Los Angeles Hip Hop collective has yet to see Rakaa Iriscience step out on his own. Today, Decon Records announced that the emcee will see his solo debut Crown of Thorns release July 20.
The album's production will be handled by Rakaa's bandmates, DJ Honda, as well as longtime Dilated affiliate and producer Alchemist. KRS-One, Chali 2na and Fashawn.
In other news, Duck Down Records producer Marco Polo announced that he will be releasing a second album this year. Last month, Marco joined Sean Price protege Ruste Juxx for The eXXecution, and next month will release The Stupendous Adventures of Marco Polo.
The second compilaton from the Canadian-born producer, after 2006's Port Authority, features appearances from such Hip Hop luminaries as Large Professor, Torae and Grand Daddy I.U.
The tracklisting is below:
D-Stroy & Bad Seed – Buggin Out
Large Professor – The Radar Remix
Promise – The Bridge
Red Clay – Official
Ruste Juxx – Bomb Sh*t
Shylow – Whylin Out
Saga – Think of You Now
Torae – Combat Drills
DJ K.O. – Best To Do It ft Royce Da 5’9,” Elzhi & Supastition (Marco Polo Remix)
Skyzoo – Block Sh*t
Diamond District – Who I Be (Marco Polo Remix)
Skoob of Das Efx – How I Get Down (Marco Polo Remix)
Surreal – So Basic
Grand Daddy I.U. – The Veteran
Arcee – Ambition
Exile – Radio ft Ruste Juxx & Torae (Marco Polo Remix)
In related news, both Torae and Large Professor worked with Brooklyn duo Cold Heat. Emcee Jak D and producer Jay W will release Life Behind Bars next Tuesday, May 11. The Soulspazm Records project released today, with assistance from Marco Polo, O.C., Da Beatminerz, Craig G and others.