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Tag Archives: Little Brother
Rap Is Not Pop: The Foreign Exchange and the Soul Revival Earlier this year, the Foreign Exchange earned a Grammy nomination for “Daykeeper,” a dreamy ballad filled with soft percussion and cooed phrasings of “She Loves Me.” Cited for Best … Continue reading
Next up on Hip-Hop Smackdown: 9th Wonder vs. Phonte Coleman. Isn’t it interesting when rappers start beefing with other rappers, catching weapons/drugs/robbery charges, and dating R&B singers just months before their albums are released? It seems like this is the … Continue reading
Little Brother has announced the track listing for their final album Leftback, which drops April 20 on Hall of Justus/Traffic Entertainment Group: With production from the likes of Khyrsis, Denaun Porter, Zo!, Symbolyc One, J. Bizness and King Karnov, LeftBack … Continue reading
Last week, Little Brother elaborated on its previously-announced plans for Leftback. It turns out that it won’t be an EP of leftovers from the Getback sessions, but a full-length album. After its release on April 20 via Hall of Justus … Continue reading
With their third album, Getback, Little Brother craft their most reflective effort to date, and claim the heritage of thought-provoking golden age hip-hop.
"I’m over this shit," writes Coleman in a post titled "Oh well….whatever…..nevermind… (c) Kurt Cobain." "All I ever wanted was for my music to be heard. If it was solely up to me I’d throw up a zshare laink for y’all to download tonight, rather than leave it in the hands of people seemingly hellbent on fucking up what many have called our best and most complete record to date. I never understood how animals could eat their young until now."
Coleman may be getting overemotional, however. Having just announced the album’s release less than two months ago, the slight pushback allows ABB Records more setup time for an album that’s generating positive buzz among those who have heard it. "As an artist, I vow to keep creating, keep recording, and keep releasing new music, but I refuse to keep puttin my energy into Getback when we’re surrounded by lies, half-truths, and incompetence on the label’s end. Why keep nursing a stillborn baby?"
Meanwhile, Coleman has other projects in the can, including an 80s-themed EP with Maryland artist Zo! and the follow-up to his acclaimed Foreign Exchange project with Dutch-born producer Nicolay. His LB partner Big Pooh has another solo album coming next year as well.
But first comes Getback…eventually. The group has announced its first round of tour dates as well, many with Evidence from Dilated Peoples. The track listing and itinerary are below. (October 18 update: The tour itinerary has been updated.)
Somewhere in the midst of a typical MySpace "Tigallo" rant about the NAACP’s mock funeral of the N-word, Little Brother figurehead Phonte Coleman managed to share news on the group’s third album, Getback. He writes that it’s scheduled to drop September 25 on ABB Records.
"Anyway, for all the people who’s been askin, "Getback" is droppin 9/25 on ABB Records, and don’t worry, me and Pooh gon be sayin ‘nigga’ all thew that shit," he writes.
Unlike 2005’s The Minstrel Show, the new Little Brother epic will not be released via Atlantic, since the group and the label parted ways earlier this year. More updates soon.
This morning, Cleveland DJ Mick Boogie and Durham, North Carolina’s finest Little Brother posted And Justus For All for free on the Internet. It’s the first offering from the group since producer 9th Wonder left the group. In fact, he only appears on two of the disc’s 27 tracks. Instead, Phonte and Big Pooh enlist RJD2, Oddisee, DJ Babu, Khrysis and Midi Mafia to kick down beats. Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Kardinal Offishal, Skillz, Chaundon, Rhymefest, Supastition, Cormega, AZ and others contribute guest shots.
Mick Boogie adds, "I met Little Brother a couple years ago when they did a show in Cleveland, then I saw them last summer. They were familiar with my CDs so we discussed doing something together. We worked very hand in hand on this. Hundreds of emails back and forth discussing beats, concepts, ideas, skits, promotion, guests? you name it. Definitely the most hands on I’ve ever been on any project."
Little Brother, the acclaimed Raleigh, North Carolina trio, is now down to two members. In a January 27 story on HipHopGame.com, Big Pooh and Little Brother manager Big Dho revealed that rising producer 9th Wonder is no longer in the group.
"Little Brother has decided, in the best interest of the group, for Little Brother and 9th Wonder to part ways," said Big Pooh, who shares the group with Phonte Coleman. "There are no hard feelings and no beef. This is just a decision that had to be made so all three of us could move forward and continue to provide the world with dope music."
Big Pooh and Big Dho also revealed that they are trying to leave Atlantic Records. "First, I want to say that Little Brother has not been dropped from Atlantic," he told the hip-hop website. "At this time we are in the process of negotiating our release from the label due to a difference in philosophies."