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The Listening is the debut album of North Carolina trio Little Brother. It was released in early 2003 on ABB Records. The album became a surprise word-of-mouth sensation among underground rap fans, despite its lack of promotion, guest appearances, or extensive distribution.

As the main producer for the group, 9th Wonder's instrumentals consist of chopped and manipulated samples of old soul records, somewhat reminiscent of Pete Rock and DJ Premier. Complimenting the backdrops are MC's Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh… read more

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  • Avatar for ScottieDigital
    The Listening's release is the day Hip Hop said, "Don't call it a comeback" if you are listening to music for the beats, go snatch up a DJ Magic Mike CD or something.
  • Avatar for AK714
    People still complain about 9th's drums? Talk about nitpicking. halcyon411 is a faggot btw :D
  • Avatar for senorcarlos93
    the more i listen to this album, the more i love it. and yeah the drums do sound the same, but the beats don't. fuck it, it's still a dope album.
  • Avatar for Kamari_Danae
    How the hell do all the beats sound the same? The drums maybe but definitely not the beats
  • Avatar for Isco91
    Amazing, prefer this to The Minstrel Show although both albums are great.
  • Avatar for ItsJDennYO
    classic classic classic
  • Avatar for halcyon441
    "sick beats"? lol all the beats sound the same.. 9th wonder is hella overrated
  • Avatar for ItsJDennYO
    WJLR
  • Avatar for fallith
    The Listening <3
  • Avatar for Josh_Sense
    so dopppe.

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