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Durham, North Carolina, USA (2001 – 2010)

Little Brother was a hip hop group from Durham, North Carolina, USA that consisted of rappers Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh, and DJ/producer 9th Wonder (from 2001 to 2007).

Little Brother formed in Durham, NC at North Carolina Central University in 1998. The group began as a trio, featuring members Phonte (Phonte Coleman), Big Pooh (Thomas Jones), and producer 9th Wonder (Pat Douthit). They are founding members of the North Carolina collective called The Justus League, under the umbrella music group The Hall Of Justus.

Their official debut came in August 2001 with their first recording, Speed; the song talks about making it big in the music business while still dealing with the troubles and hardships of life and holding down a full-time job. They continued to work the local scene and were picked up by ABB Records. In 2002, they released the cult hit 7” single Atari 2600, with lyrics centering around video games. In 2003, the group released their first full length album, The Listening. This record boosted the group to higher acclaim, but national recognition came when Jay-Z tapped 9th Wonder for the song Threat, off of his eighth offering The Black Album.

That fall, they opened for the Hieroglyphics crew on their Full Circle national tour. Little Brother’s sophomore album, The Minstrel Show, saw increased success due to their raised popularity. It’s theme compares present day rap music and the music industry to the minstrel shows of the late 1800s.


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  • sandrarichm

    Just Great

    5 May 6:24am Reply
  • jessyrocker


    11 Apr 8:18pm Reply
  • SleepyDinosaur

    Hip-hop is Lois Lane. Little Brother is Superman.

    22 Mar 7:34pm Reply
  • sunny4001

    .. if ya know music, ya ain't gonna find another combo of rhymes, concepts, beats 'n laughter prob'ly not only in HH but in music history. priceless classics right here!! [2]

    1 Feb 5:36pm Reply
  • Blueprint_12

    It's too bad they split up, but they sure left us some classics!!

    1 Sep 2014 Reply
  • piccochimusic

    Rapper Big Pooh & Roc C - The Crew (Official Video)

    2 May 2014 Reply
  • BadxnewZ

    reunion.... i don't care if you are all 60 when it happens... just make it happen!

    25 Feb 2014 Reply
  • escobaro

    The Listening was just perfect

    23 Feb 2014 Reply
  • AK714

    caPnGeez, you don't know the story on why he left. It was a mutual agreement, and beside that things were getting f'd up during that Minstrel Show-era (in case you didn't realize, Phonte's verse on "That Ain't Love" is about 9th.) The dude wouldn't even tour with LB during those days when he was supposed to be a full-time member. It's just as much his fault as anyone else's that the original trio didn't last. Either way, we got two classic albums out of these boys and as David in TLoU says "everything happens for a reason."

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • AK714

    My favorite group. Long live LB's legacy.

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • jdotperiod

    I can't believe The Listening is a decade old now. Time flies.

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • VOODsauro

    "Man I appreciate dat shit Thanks for showin' us love and to the top we fin' to take dat shit Fa y'all"

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • MorningBleach

    Still got love for Little Brother. One of my fav hip hop acts of the 00's.

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Dragonition

    The Legend & The Dragon - Part 1: Once Upon a Time.

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • caPnGeez

    Little Brother was Phonte, Pooh, and 9TH...NO 9TH? NO LB. They fucked up when they let him go. 9th influenced a lot of dudes coming up right now and he's only gonna gain more support, if they woulda stayed true to what they were...they might have STAYED. Hip-hop misses the REAL Little Brother

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • sasha90s

    The Minstreal Show is brillant

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • IxCLuTcH

    They made some great music together

    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • dfr0

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • Androstanolone

    ...cuz the rap audience like the way I handle bars it was Tour de France

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • baleenmorning

    mad respect to the realness

    17 Apr 2012 Reply
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