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Little Brother

Part of the new millennium resurgence of alternative rap, Little Brother drew from atypical inspirations for Southern hip-hop: classic Native Tongues outfits like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, as well as more recent torch-bearers like the Roots and Black Star. MCs Phonte (born Phonte Coleman) and Big Pooh (born Thomas Jones) swapped rhymes with an easy chemistry, but the group's real focal point was DJ/producer 9th Wonder (born Pat Douthit), an old-school sampling technician who quickly established himself as a worthy heir to production wizards like DJ Premier and Pete Rock. Little Brother formed at North Carolina Central University, located in Durham. All three members had known each other since 1998, when they performed in a local hip-hop outfit called the Organization; after that group's dissolution in 2000, they spearheaded a 12-member crew dubbed the Justus League. The trio worked together off and on in varying combinations, until they officially teamed up as Little Brother in August 2001, adopting the name as a humble nod to their influences. Their first recording together was "Speed," a playful, down-to-earth look at the pressures of holding a day job while trying to make it in the music business; it set the tone for much of their early material. Over the next few months, they developed enough of a repertoire to start performing live around the area, and quickly earned a following. When the group made its music available for download on the Internet, a substantial buzz built far outside of North Carolina, and it eventually earned them a deal with the Oakland-based ABB Records in 2002. In early 2003, Little Brother released their full-length debut, The Listening, which won widespread critical praise that focused especially on 9th Wonder's production. The buzz helped him earn a raft of high-profile outside gigs, including tracks on a pair of multi-platinum releases: The Black Album by Jay-Z and Destiny Fulfilled by Destiny's Child. Little Brother leapt to a major label (along with ABB) in 2005 for The Minstrel Show. In January 2007, as the group was finishing up its next release, Get Back, it was announced that Little Brother had left Atlantic and that 9th Wonder had amicably left Little Brother. The 2008 mixtape ...And Justus for All was their first release as a duo. Two years later they announced their coming album, Leftback, would likely be their last. ~ Steve Huey
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Leftback (Explicit)

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Track List: And Justus For All (Explicit)

1. Can't Stop Us

2. Delusional

3. Life Of The Party (Remix)

4. Best Kept Secret

5. Do It To Death

6. A Word From Our Sponsors

7. Too Late For Us

8. Cool As A Fan

9. Never Leave

10. The Pressure

11. Lose It

12. Fan Mail

13. Stylin

14. Cross That Line (Remix)

15. Back At It (Remix)

16. Time Of Your Life

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Track List: Get Back (Explicit)

2. Can't Win For Losing

4. Good Clothes

6. Extrahard

10. Dreams

11. When Everything Is New

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Track List: Separate But Equal (Explicit)

1. Knock Knock

2. Don't Trust Em (Skit)

3. Cross That Line

4. Let It Go

5. Can't Let Her

6. The Singing Bums (Skit)

7. Rollin Out

8. Macaroni

9. Boondock Saints

10. Home (2008)

11. Horror Movie (Skit)

12. I Need You

13. Candy

14. Speed Racin

15. Deeper

16. Playin To Lose

17. Passion Flower

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Track List: The Minstrel Show (Explicit)

1. Welcome To The Minstrel Show

2. Beautiful Morning

3. The Becoming

4. Not Enough

5. Cheatin'

6. Hiding Place

7. Slow It Down

8. Say It Again

10. Lovin' It

12. All For You

13. Watch Me

14. Sincerely Yours

15. Still Lives Through

16. Minstrel Show Closing Theme

17. We Got Now

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Track List: The Chittlin Circuit 1.5 (Explicit)

1. WAR

2. Third Party (feat. Joe Scudda)

3. The Honorable (feat. Chaundon)

4. On The Way

5. Nobody Like Me (feat. O-Dash & Darien Brockington)

6. What You Do

7. The Yo-Yo (Remix)

8. Nighttime Maneuvers (Remix)

9. The Way You Do It (Remix)

10. Altitudes

11. Welcome To Durham (feat. Big Daddy Kane)

12. Starvation (feat. Chaundon)

13. Flash And Flare

14. Take It There

15. Ladies' Jam

16. Doin Me

17. Khrysis Shoutro

18. The Beginning (feat. Yahzarah)

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Track List: The Listening (Explicit)

1. Morning

2. Groupie Pt.2

3. For You

4. Speed

5. Whatever You Say

6. Make Me Hot

7. The Yo-Yo

8. Shorty On The Lookout

9. Love Joint Revisited

10. So Fabulous

11. The Way You Do It

12. Roy Lee, Producer Extraordinaire

13. The Getup

14. Far Away From Me

15. Nobody But You

16. Home (2005)

17. Nighttime Maneuvers

18. The Listening

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Track List: The Listening (Instrumentals)

1. Morning (Instrumental)

2. For You (Instrumental)

3. Speed (Instrumental)

4. Whatever You Say (Instrumental)

5. The Yo-Yo (Instrumental)

6. Shorty On The Lookout (Instrumental)

7. Shorty's Reprise (Instrumental)

8. Love Joint Revisited (Instrumental)

9. So Fabulous (Instrumental)

10. The Way You Do It (Instrumental)

11. Away From Me (Instrumental)

12. Nobody But You (Instrumental)

13. Home (Instrumental)

14. Nighttime Maneuvers (Instrumental)

15. The Listening (Instrumental)

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Nasty.. But Nice Like Real ICE.......
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"can't Let her" - Little Brother with Illmind on the board for the track .. So tuff and ruff withit ! :)
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Sweet
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Grown folks hip hop music ...Little Brother
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F**k little brother can't get any better man peace to real hip hop.......on e LB song is better then all the s**t hop playing on the radio these days.
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... Thought are relevant and torch holders for more than a minute
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"More recent torch-bearer s like The Roots and Blackstar " .. Hey man I love reading bio stuff .. It's very necessary today and needed more than most know but I must call out on that quoted line .. The Roots have been holding a torch since middle 90s with their 3rd album in 1996 being extremely relevant and known and Blackstar held a torch as soon as realized its 2 extreme MCs and not 1 powerful 1 like they are in their own rights ... No offence at all and I'm not being a grouch but Kweli and Tho
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Man i never knew about these guys, i knew mos def but didn't know he had this much music and collaboratio n s with so many, this beats the hell out of that lil wayne and crap rap in my opinion
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Little brother,wher e you at now?.look for unsung next season...
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Peace 9th .. Been up on the joints since before the crew exchanged foreignly .. Just buggin my mellow. Keep it live ! Buckshot and 9th .. More of those please !
Peace from New haven ct
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Smooth
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I wonder who 9th sampled for this
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The Minstrel Show album is a classic! Dope rhymes, dope beat, wut cha more all want?! Check it.
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Good groove
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I don't like Steve Huey the writer of the biography of little brother for Pandora
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WE MAKE 'EM WANT TO SAY IT AGAIN....... . .
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L.B WATTS ♥ FAM E/S 103RD
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WEST-COAST THEY LOVEN IT..
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This the s**t real MC ing
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yusuf330
Damn, I miss these brothers... Phonte and Big Pooh were a great combo...
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NOW THIS IS HIP HOP! NC ON DA MAP, NOW KEEP THAT MOVEMENT GOING!!
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LB! What up! Let's drop 1mO. From Da Boro dats Green NC2GA
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DYNOMITEE!!! ! ! !
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Damn good
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NC
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Come back little brother! ! Definitely one of the most underrated groups of all time!!!
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One of the most underrated and lyrically diverse groups I have ever listened to. They have proven that hip hop is not all about material things and having money, clothes, and...you know what I mean, lol.
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Rap - Lies = Hip Hop
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Real hip-hop....# 1 m o r e a l b u m
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deejestina
You not feeling this....then you have no soul. Pure 100% black music!!
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Now this is hip hop!!
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One of the best rap groups out there this is for the older generation because the new generation does rapping night talking about s*** very mellow keep doing a thing I love
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michaelrocks 6 8
YAWN. ....ZZZZZZZZ . . z z z z . . . I ' m not loving this..kaputz
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don't compare dis beat II no other rockentering lika roc-a-fella & bootlegin' dis flow like whitelightin g
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sch*ttin' on the toilet rockin' back & forth droppin' big sch*ttz like logz make a cabin i dis sick talkin' bout releasing stankona neva been II CaliforNIA or tha NYC peep the script dis hip hop sch*tt never gonna stop affiliated II my eardrum since early 80's craven bi-coastal hip hop anthemz
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move forward never get comfortable push yourself like a lawnmotor cut deep like a surgant expose fleshly flesh so messy messy like messy marvin
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little brother y'all boyz spitting fire blaze it up blaze it up
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A treasure in a land of trash music where everybody else is rapping to the lowest degree of black life
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Tightest crew out there. Shittin on all wack a** main stream so called rappers.
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Best new rap goup since 2000...
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nice
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Best rap group today
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Love this track! Love this group! Love this album!!! LB made dope music!!
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Trash
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My favorite group !
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Shameful industry dont want Great music like this
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Hip Hop pure form
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Shame the crooked industry weeds out the best crews. SALUTE Little Brother - we need more soliders out here like the JUSTUS crew.
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Grown man music!!
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North Carolina! These Brothers have some of the best songs crews ever, u can feel the soul
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