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Little Brother's Big Pooh and Phonte have offered some advice to rappers aiming to start their own hip-hop groups. Phonte explained the difference a producer could have on a rap group.
"Don't make a producer part of your group unless the producer raps too," Phonte said in an interview. "That's not a shot at 9th [Wonder] or anybody. It's just that producers and MCs are two different kinds of people from a social stand point. MCs have to be out and about, talk sh*t and be aggressive so we tend to be more vocal with what's on our mind. Producers tend to be more private so you're dealing with different personality types and different approaches to their craft. When you try to apply it to real life?and considering everything?it's almost a recipe for disaster." (VIBE)
Pooh also stressed the importance of honesty and not withholding information with group members.
"You always have to let the other people that you work with know what your goals and aspirations are because they start the same when you're in a group, but they eventually change," Big Pooh said. "When me and [Phonte] sat down, had a conversation, saw where we were, realized what the bigger picture was and decided to call it what it was, we stayed friends as a result. We're still family. I can't stress enough how important communication is." (VIBE)
Last month, Pooh compared Little Brother's break-up to Q-Tip and A Tribe Called Quest.
"I was just thinking about our own situation and then I realized, when groups leave, it's just like when a person dies. Every person dies and a baby is born. So, as Little Brother calls it quits, there are other groups to not necessarily take our place but to keep the tradition going...That's what it's all about -- you don't want your favorite group to force a relationship. Like, you don't want Tribe Called Quest...If they don't really want to be together, you want them to make another album. If they make an album just because you asked for it, it's not going to be the same Tribe Called Quest you fell in love with. It's going to be something forced." (Hip Hop DX)
Chi-town's Rhymefest recently spoke with SOHH about Little Brother's run coming to an end.
"I've talked to Little Brother about their "break-up." At the end of the day, they're both my brothers and it's just that they realize they've done as much as they can do with the Little Brother run. It's like, to me, they have to go off and explore different avenues and transitions of them as artists and as men. Little Brother is like a child that's ready to leave the house. It don't mean "Ah man, it's over!" People thought 9th Wonder leaving Little Brother was a moment where they had to say, "Oh man, they're done." And then they came out with so many dope albums after that. So now, they have to figure out who they are as individuals. And at the end of the day, you never know. How many times did Michael Jordan retire? [laughs] And then they find that their life experiences can bring them back together but regardless, I totally understand what they're doing because I'm getting ready to go through a transition myself." (SOHH)Little Brother's Big Pooh and Phonte have offered some advice to rappers aiming... more
A war of words broke out on Twitter Saturday between Little Brother and producer 9th Wonder, who is a former producer and founding member in the group.
According to Phonte, a rapper in Little Brother, the issue started when the group attempted to use the last song the former trio recorded as a group on their new album, Leftback LP.
Here is what Phonte said:
Aiight folks, backstory on Star:
This was recorded back in '05-06 at Young Guru's crib sometime after the release of Minstrel Show.
This was intended for Leftback as an iTunes bonus track but we just got word today that @9thwondermusic doesn't want us to use it for whatever reason, and that's fine.
In any event, I'm not gonna let anything or anybody stop me from getting music to my fans. F**k that.
Enjoy. And as always, thank you for listening.
After the message, Phonte left a download link to "Star," which was removed as an iTunes bonus song.
9th Wonder soon responded a fan on Twitter.
"Let people talk bro....only if they knew the REAL story," he said to which Phonte responded, "Well, tell your side of it or shut the f**k up."
9th said, "@phontigallo you are NOT a tough guy.......none of us is...so KILL that noise.....and n***as aint shuttin up."
The breakup of the group came after the group's second album and, to which 9th Wonder has largely been quiet.
"Twitterfolk...I have maintained silence on the matter for LONG time..for this reason. I apologize to yall for steppin outta character," the producer said.
The other rapper of Little Brother, Big Pooh, said, "This situation has 2 many layers for an outsiders input to really penetrate the train of thought. I appreciate the comments tho, either way. this aint about money, this aint about women, this aint about music...its about respect, loyalty, and ego."
Eventually, Phonte added a viral video to speak his his peace.
9th Wonder concluded his statements with, "Please don't feed into this madness yall...real talk....good music will still be made by all of us....."
Pooh echoed those sentiments saying, "We are all grown, nobody is a victim in this situation, nobody."A war of words broke out on Twitter Saturday between Little Brother and producer 9th... more
As Little Brother prepares to release their final group album, Leftback, Big Pooh and Phonte have spent time reflecting on the legacy they will leave in hip-hop.
He wants LB to be known for its consistent "great" records.
"I want the Little Brother legacy to be one of consistency," Pooh said in an interview. "I would like to be remembered as the group that always put out great music no matter the situation. I plan on building my solo brand through music and other ventures, with a solo album coming this fall entitled Dirty Pretty Things. The most important thing I have probably learned is you have to keep working at your craft. Saying you're the best is one thing, but being the best takes a lot of hard work." (The Boom Box)
Phonte added that he placed his full effort into their last group project.
"I'd just want us to be remembered as two honest guys who had a lot of fun making the music they loved," says Phonte, who will continue his career as a guest MC. "I wanted to walk away from Little Brother knowing that I gave our fans all that I had to give and said everything I wanted to say. With Leftback, I've done that." (The Boom Box)
The album's tracklisting landed online last month.
1. Curtain Call (Prod. By Khrysis) 2. Table For Two Feat. Jozeemo & Yahzarah (Prod. By Khrysis) 3. Tigallo For Dolo (Prod. By Khrysis) 4. Revenge Feat. Truck North & Median (Prod. By Khrysis) 5. So Cold Feat. Chaundon (Prod. By King Karnov) 6. Second Chances Feat. Bilal & Darien Brockington (Prod. By Denaun Porter) 7. Go Off Go On (Prod. By Khrysis) 8. What We Are Feat. Quiana (Prod. By Young R.J.) 9. After The Party Feat. Carlitta Durand (S1 and Caleb's Who Shot JR Ewing Remix) (Prod. By S1 and Caleb) 10. Two Step Blues Feat. Darien Brockington (Zo's Purple Suit With The Matching Gators Remix) (Prod. By Zo!) 11. Get Enough Pt. 2 Feat. Khrysis (Prod. By Khrysis) 12. Before The Night Is Over (Prod. By J.Bizness) 13. 24 Feat. Torae (Prod. By Khrysis) (Leftback)
The duo have released three albums over the past seven years.
In 2003, Little Brother released its 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 their next release, Getback, it was announced that Little Brother had left Atlantic and that 9th Wonder had amicably left Little Brother. (All Music)
Leftback will be released on Tuesday, April 20.Big Pooh RefAs Little Brother prepares to release their final group album, Leftback, Big Pooh and... more
Just as 2003 championed Little Brother as the last true underground Hip Hop act groomed for, and welcomed to the mainstream with the interest to support it, the last five years may have punished Rapper Big Pooh and Phonte. The media got nosy, three bandmates became two, and the group was dropped by a major label and profited upon by an independent.
Things seem better now though. 'Tay and Pooh have time, energy and product to properly launch their fledging Hall of Justus imprint with the re-release of And Justus For All, their 2007 mixtape, less the Mick Boogie tags and with a few replaced tracks. The emcees have at least three solo and outside projects in tow, and appear more confident about their future than ever before.
Like Willie Hutch sang, Brother's gonna work it out. Although the motivation and pleasures have changed, the good music hasn't, and gearing up for another busy summer, Phonte and Pooh break down a few of their favorite things.
HipHopDX: At this point, the mixtape was out quite some time ago. It was a hot mixtape; I still listen to it. But with an album out less than a year, what made you want to revisit And Justus For All?
Phonte: A lot of people don’t like mixtapes. [Chuckles] A lot of people would just rather hear just straight songs. We had an opportunity to put out the joint without any drops on there, or kind of mixtape stuff going on, and people could put it on their iPods or whatever, and make their own mixes with it.
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