Archive for Little Brother

Little Brother Takes a “Curtain Call”

Posted in Audio, Downloads with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 by Tim Althaus

If every day could start out with a new Little Brother track, it would surely be a great day. “Curtain Call” is the first single off of LB’s new album Leftback which drops on April 20th, and it features Khrysis the Animal on the boards. This is definitely a real nice track, but it hurts me to think that this will be the last time we will hear a full length album from Phonte & Big Pooh. You will hear Phonte & Big Pooh spitting their usual dope verses, but at the end of the song Phonte shouts out some of the acts that he feels will be able to carry the torch; some of the names might surprise you.

Download: Little Brother, “Curtain Call” (Prod. By Khrysis)

Big shouts to Nah Right on the find.

Little Brother, Leftback (Artwork & Tracklisting)

Posted in Album Update, Music News with tags , , , on Thursday, February 18, 2010 by Tim Althaus

I know, I know, I’m a little bit late on this one, but you know what they say: “It’s better late than never”. I really hope most people are as excited as I am about this one. Phonte and Big Pooh will be dropping their fourth and final album Leftback on April 20th through Hall of Justus Records. I have to say, I’m sad to view the absence of 9th Wonder from the producer credits, but other than that, this album looks like it’s going be some quality material. I’m a huge Little Brother fan, so I can assure you that I will be picking up my copy on April 20th. Follow me after the jump for the tracklisting. Continue reading

Little Brother & Just Blaze Live in Chicago

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , on Thursday, July 30, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Here is some nice footage of Little Brother & Just Blaze rocking shit in Chicago at the recent Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle. Little Brother is one of my favorite groups in Hip-Hop, and Just Blaze is one of the most fire producers in the game. You shouldn’t sleep on this one guys. I totally wish I could have been at this shit. Notice how Just Blaze gets everyone ready by playing some of his insane beats.

Spotted @ 2DopeBoyz

Welcome To Wild Style Wednesdays at Mind Inversion

Posted in Wildstyle Wednesdays with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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This is an idea that I have been thinking about for the last month or so. Wild Style  is a “throw back” if you will, and a classic that will never be forgotten in Hip-Hop. What I want to do every Wednesday here at Mind Inversion is review an album that in my opinion is a classic, or rather an album I will never forget. In another note all of the albums that I review are going to have been released before 2008. I hope you guys enjoy my weekly column, and if you have any comments please feel free to leave them.

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Review: DJ Babu, Duck Season, Vol. 3 

Posted in Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 by Tim Althaus

082808_babu_duckseason3Well what can I say? It definitely took me way too long for me to get a good review of this album up, partially because I have been terribly fucking busy with school and work. But suffice to say I found some time to give my view on this album.

First I want to say that Babu is one of the best DJ’s I’ve ever heard because his skill is unparalleled. He’s had an illustrious career with Dilated Peoples, gained fame with the World Famous Beat Junkies, and has been revered as one of the greatest battle DJ’s of all time. Babu is also a great beat maker (he put out The Beat Tape Vol. 1 last year) and this album truly shows that Babu is always in deep concentration.

Duck Season, Vol. 3 starts out the best way you could possibly start an album if you’re Babu, with the people you’ve been with your whole career. Evidence and Rakaa spit razor sharp verses on this track and the beat is crazy good. Keep in mind this is an intro and in my opinion at 1:47 long it could be my favorite on the album (I love the Looney Tunes sample at the end, as well as throughout the album). “Fan Mail” with Little Brother, Joe Scudda & Darrien Brockington is also another insane beat that Babu conjures up, and Big Pooh, Phonte & Scudda knock their verses out of the park like Sammy Sosa. Immediately after “Fan Mail” in my opinion is the best track on the album “The Unexpected” featuring MF DOOM & Sean Price. Doom and Sean Price compliment each other so well on this track and Babu’s canvas is spot on for these two to paint on. They pass the microphone back and forth like they are playing catch and their punchlines are great (Doom: we need to get a new beanie for Babu, the ones and twos genie”, Sean P: I always throw sixes, return an Ike Turner I always throw bitches”). Bishop Lamont makes a great mark on this album on the track “My Opinion” with on point rhymes and allusions the the current situation in the country. Evidence appears twice on the album (on the intro) and on the track “For Whatever It’s Worth” which is another great highlight on the album. The chemistry between EV and Babu is great and it makes for an amazing track. I was also really glad to see that Oh No (Madlib’s little brother) is starting to get some recognition (he’s on a track with Roc C entitled “Meant To Be”), he’s one of my favorite producers as well as emcees, and it’a about time more people gave him attention.

All in all this is an above average album, there are a lot of tracks that just don’t mesh with the rest of the album and tend to make it drag. This is however a great display of how good at beat making Babu really is, he can make some great soundscapes.

7.5/10

Little Brother: “Playin’ to Lose”

Posted in Music News with tags , , , on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 by Tim Althaus

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It just seems like there is more and more music coming out at the end of this year that I didn’t expect to hear. Little Brother will be re-releasing their 2006  mix tape Separate But Equal without DJ Drama in the background, and will also be adding to the mix three unreleased tracks. “Passion Flower” is one of them (which I had posted earlier), a track called “Deeper” is another and “Playin’ To Lose” make up the three unreleased tracks. I wasn’t a huge fan of Big Pooh and Phonte until I listened to the Minstrel Show, after I heard that I fell in love with Little Brother and I would say without hesitation that they are easily one of my favorite groups at this time.

Check out “Playin’ to Lose” and go out and cop Separate But Equal (Drama Free Edition) now.

“Playin’ To Lose”

Video: The Foreign Exchange “Daykeeper” (Featuring: Muhsinah)

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , on Friday, October 24, 2008 by Tim Althaus

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This is the first single off of the new Foreign Exchange album Leave It All Behind. I have been listening to this album on and off for a little while now, and the only conclusion that I can come to is that it’s definitely different. The last album Connected was a good mixture of Hip-Hop/R&B/Soul. Leave It All Behind is very Soul & R&B influenced with very little Hip-Hop. This album for the most part has Phonte singing, which is something that is definitely different for me but I really enjoy it. It’s nice to hear an artists almost out of his element (not doing what he usually does) and trying something that is a little different. From what I have heard this album is very good. I will have a review up soon enough for you guys to get to.

You can jump over to the Foreign Exchange site and get the Leave It All Behind Sampler to get a taste of what I am talking about.

Leave It All Behind Sampler

Evidence: “For Whom The Bell Tolls” (Featuring: Phonte, Blu and Will.I.Am)

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 by Tim Althaus

Yet again the folks over at Okayplayer brightened my day after a long day at work. I checked my handy RSS feed to find that Evidence dropped yet another track off The Layover EP. This track is absolutely ridiculous, it’s produced by North Carolina native Khrysis (who has done tracks for Little Brother in the past) and features Phonte, Blu & Will.I.Am. Blu is one of those emcees that you only hear once in your lifetime, and he completely murders his verse on this track (I will have a review of the Blu and Mainframe project Johnson&Jonson later this week). If none of you have ever heard of Blu please go out and get Below the Heavens which was a duo with Dj Exile not to mention one of the best albums of last year. Phonte is great on the track, and Evidence as always kills the beat with that laid back EV sound. I have heard two tracks off of this and am already itching for this EP like crack. I can’t wait for the day of my contentment which will be November 25th when this EP drops. PLEASE go out and get The Layover EP when it comes out, it will NOT disappoint. The Layover EP will be accompanied by a DVD for 6 or 7 videos (still to be determined) out of the 9 songs on the EP.

For now listen to this:

“For Whom The Bell Tolls”: Featuring: Phonte, Blu and Will.I.Am)

Little Brother: Passion Flower

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , on Monday, October 13, 2008 by Tim Althaus

Well, it looks as if my boys from the Raleigh/Durham area are back at it again with another single (on a sidenote 9th produced the track, that’s why he’s in the picture). The new track is called “Passion Flower” and it is going to be off of their re-release and “drama” free mix tape Separate But Equal (the drama free part is that there will be no DJ on the mixtape, and the mix tape will also feature 3 previously unreleased tracks (It’s kind of similar of the re-release of the And Justus for All mixtape). Out of the three mixtapes (Chittlin Circuit 1.5, Seperate But Equal and And Justus For All) that LB has put out, Separate But Equal is my favorite, and I am going to be very interested to hear what they do with it. It’s great to hear Pooh and Phonte working with 9th Wonder again, they’ve done so many amazing things for Hip-Hop in the past and hopefully they can do the same in the future. With Pooh and Phonte being so busy, who knows if we will see another Little Brother album this year, my guess is going to be no (Phonte has the new Foreign Exchange, and Big Pooh has a new album he is working on right now). Please go and get Separate But Equal: Drama Free Edition on November 4th when it drops. In the mean time, sit back, relax and enjoy this beautiful Little Brother track as it hits your eardrums, because you know there is nothing like a 9th Wonder, Big Pooh and Phonte track: Dope beats, dope rhymes what more could ya’ll want?

Passion Flower

Foreign Exchange Put Out Sophomore LP: Leave It All Behind

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , on Thursday, October 9, 2008 by Tim Althaus

European beat sensation Nicolay and Little Brother emcee Phonte (together as Foreign Exchange) just realeased the digital copy of Leave It All Behind on Tuesday (The hard copy comes out on the 10th in Europe and the 14th in the States). Phonte has been on the scene since Little Brother go together back in 1998. Nicolay and Phonte starting making music back in 2004 with the Foreign Exchange album Connected that debuted on record label BBE. The first album they put out was truly an innovation to the genre of Hip-Hop, but also to genres such as soul and R&B. If Leave It All Behind is anything like Connected was we may have another classic on our hands folks. I highly encourage you to go out and get the digital copy or purchase the album when it comes out on October 14th. You can be sure that once I get a good listen of this album I will have a full review up.