Little Brother’s Back!

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I’m having a hard time containing my excitement, man. Seriously, Little Brother is one of my favorite groups ever, fam. Like, EVER, bruh! If I’m being honest, PhonteRapper Big Pooh and 9th Wonder completely changed the way I thought music could be made. With that being said, even without 9th’s production, I’m fucking HYPED that they dropped a new album, brethren!

Ok, before I continue, let me take a trip down memory lane. Now, I started rapping when I was 15 years old. Back then, all of my lyrics were littered with copious amounts of Bronx shenanigans. Real talk, some of the tomfoolery I rapped about where things I’ve done. However, a lot of it was just fuckery that I saw around my neighborhood. Basically, I embodied my entire block, regardless of whether or not it was my individual story.

Fast forward to 2003, my life changed, son. Now, in February of that year, Little Brother dropped their debut album, The Listening. As a 17-year-old dude, I was blown away by the record, man. Frankly, I didn’t know a rapper could rhyme about shit like that, fam. I didn’t know that a rapper could speak about the everyday struggle of hating a job, paying child support or shitting on poetry slams. Keeping it a buck, a lot of Rap music only embraced the “gangsta” aesthetic. So, it wasn’t until Little Brother, and later Kanye West, that I realized an artist could wholly live their truth, bruh.

Now, as many fans know by now, the group went through a lot of upheaval over the years. They dropped two more albums (sans 9th Wonder), beefed publicly and then went on with their respective careers. Side note, I’m not the biggest fan of their Leftback album, but Getback was fucking great, son. I don’t give a fuck what anyone says, man. In any case, I never thought they would ever release more music as a collective, fam. Thankfully, I was over-fucking-joyed to listen to their new May the Lord Watch album.

Look, to be clear, 9th isn’t on the album. Yeah, it’s disappointing, but honestly, the project is fucking great without him, bruh. First, Phonte and Pooh recruited producers like Khrysis and Nottz, who are both part of 9th’s Jamla Records and his Soul Council production team. In addition, the group got producers like Focus… and Black Milk to keep their distinctive sound alive, son. The point is, this project is cohesive as shit and the skits are fucking hilarious, man. Like, they brought back a bunch of themes from their The Minstrel Show album, such as Joe Scudda in blackface, Percy Miracles and Roy Lee. All in all, this shit is gold for a diehard fan like me, fam.

In the end, I could keep on going, bruh. But, everyone should just go listen to the album, son. Ultimately, I couldn’t have asked for a better project from them, man. By and by, it would’ve been great to have 9th on the record, but I don’t think it takes away from the music, fam. Also, I’m pretty sure 9th was busy finishing up Rapsody‘s Eve album. At the end of the day, this album just put a new battery in my back, bruh. Hell, I feel like making a new song right now, people. That is all. LC out.

P.S. If anyone doubts my Little Brother fandom, just take a listen to “The World Is Mine” on my The Charlemagne Renaissance album. Fam, I literally have lyrics that say “I’m just tryna navigate through a cold game, and sell a mil as Phonte with a gold chain.” The point is, I fucking love these dudes, son! Good day.

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Black Thought Is Way Too Good At Rapping

So, the EP is real, son. The collaboration between Black Thought and 9th Wonder is actually real, man. All I know is, even though the EP has only five songs, it’s EXACTLY what I want to hear from both of these gentlemen. Now, as expected, 9th holds down the production side. However, it’s still awe-inspiring how fucking great Thought is at rapping, fam. All in all, damn near EVERYONE’s favorite rapper isn’t fucking with this dude, bruh.

Ok, for those who missed it, Thought and 9th put out Streams of Thought, Vol. 1 last Friday. Apparently, this EP is the first in a series between the two legends. Anyway, four of the five songs are produced by 9th, and one is produced by Khrysis. Basically, the EP is a collaboration between Thought and 9th’s Soul Council. In any case, despite only being 17 minutes, Thought manages to pack an insane amount of vocabulary in each verse, son. Like, I’ve never heard a rapper say a name like Dostoyevsky which such ease, man. Keeping it a buck, there’s NO WAY a person can absorb everything that Thought says in one listen, fam. Frankly, this EP needs to be on repeat to catch all of the gems, bruh.

Listen, a rapper is really good at rapping when I don’t even notice that there aren’t really any hooks in the songs, son. Somehow, Thought is getting better and I don’t understand it, man. Like, how can one man be so damn good for so damn long, fam? For reference, The Roots‘s debut album, Organix, came out in May of 1993. Meaning, Thought has been an upper, upper echelon emcee for 25 years, bruh. *Sigh* What the fuck else needs to be said, folks? Not a cotdamn thing!

In the end, salute to that man, Black Thought. Salute to 9th Wonder, son. Ultimately, even though I’m a fan of today’s music, I’m still hyped that lyricists like Thought still exist, man. By and by, we should continue to applaud and champion emcees who’ve mastered the art of rhyming, fam. At the end of the day, that’s what Hip-Hop was founded on, bruh: saying the dopest shit possible. That is all. LC out.