For their first time in almost 10 years, Little Brother got back together for one night at the Art Of Cool‘s 5th festival event in Durham, North Carolina.
According to the city’s twitter page, they managed to make the reunion happen a few hours before the show. Initially, 9th Wonder was the only member out of the trio that was on the bill (95 Live w/DJ Spinderella), but no one expected Rapper Big Pooh and Phonte to appear as special guests.
The group hasn’t released anything since Leftback in 2010 (sans 9th), and (as a trio), Getback since 2007 – which the world saw Pooh and Phonte part ways from their longtime producer.
Phonte has been the only person that spoke on the possibility of an LB reunion in the past. Speaking with Andreas Hale back in March, he wasn’t for it at first, but when the passing of Phife Dawg happened – and witnessing The Revolution reunite for a show in Minneapolis ( w/o Prince [RIP]), he then reconsidered it while reflecting on the idea in a separate interview during The Combat Jack Show.
“There’s one thing to say that I have the option to not do this,” said Phonte. “I can either take it or leave it,” he said. “It’s another thing when that option no longer exists. So, it definitely made me think a lot about wanting, if nothing else, to just put a period at the end of the sentence, to end it properly.”
There’s no new update on what this surprise will mean going forward for them.
After threesuccessfulevents that included Pete Rock, Georgia Anne Muldrow, two orchestras, Novena Carmel (the youngest daughter of Sly Stone), the emergence of two outstanding women who would be the leading talent called Voices of Gemma, and one hell of a lineup which included amazing local talent – here comes the fourth installment of awesome jazz that will be taking you on an journey through the Harlem Renaissance and then some, brought to you by ArtDontSleep. These actions you’ll be witnessing sonically is what came as the result of the latest release from Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad called ‘The Midnight Hour‘ (<—- stream here).
As more details about this event has surfaced, the astounding maestro behind Jamla will be the special guest spinning a special jazz set for the evening. Along with 9th Wonder, DJs Al Jackson & Sacred will be assisting with the vinyl as well.
All of the magic will be taking place at the Lodge Room Saturday evening. Tickets are already being sold, so don’t miss out on this evening.
North Carolina keeps spewing out rappers and we are loving it. Introducing TheDeeepEnd, who is an emcee from 9th Wonder‘s city and has just put out a dope project in the name of Think Good Thoughts. It is from this project that we are getting this visual to one of the gems on the body of work and this one is called War Zone. This track is basically TheDeeepEnd telling about the black man’s struggles as he enters adulthood realising that life is not as simple and straightforward as he had assumed it to be. The rapper is basically saying that no matter the many obstacles that tug at you, the power of positive thinking helps to triumph in all which makes the title of the project itself quite apt. Check out the video and you can stream the whole project on all platforms now.
Mass Appeal‘s “Rhythm Roulette” series blesses you on Christmas.
“With Charly McClain, Jermaine Jackson, and The Temprees at his disposal, the GRAMMY award-winning producer warmed up with a few quick flips before ultimately chopping up Lovemen. The final result was so crazy, Rapsody immediately hopped in the booth to bless it with a proper verse.”
Mass Appeal‘s “Rhythm Roulette” series goes to North Carolina to get with the Soul Council producer, who flips some Booker T and The MG’s, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, and First Choice records to make some ill beats.