News: Rapper Big Pooh On Little Brother's Legacy, "Being The Best Takes A Lot Of Hard Work"

Friday, Mar 5, 2010 11:10AM

Written by Rosario Harper

As Little Brother prepares to release their final group album, Leftback, Big Pooh and Phonte have spent time reflecting on the legacy they will leave in hip-hop.

He wants LB to be known for its consistent "great" records.

"I want the Little Brother legacy to be one of consistency," Pooh said in an interview. "I would like to be remembered as the group that always put out great music no matter the situation. I plan on building my solo brand through music and other ventures, with a solo album coming this fall entitled Dirty Pretty Things. The most important thing I have probably learned is you have to keep working at your craft. Saying you're the best is one thing, but being the best takes a lot of hard work." (The Boom Box)

Phonte added that he placed his full effort into their last group project.

"I'd just want us to be remembered as two honest guys who had a lot of fun making the music they loved," says Phonte, who will continue his career as a guest MC. "I wanted to walk away from Little Brother knowing that I gave our fans all that I had to give and said everything I wanted to say. With Leftback, I've done that." (The Boom Box)

The album's tracklisting landed online last month.

1. Curtain Call (Prod. By Khrysis) 2. Table For Two Feat. Jozeemo & Yahzarah (Prod. By Khrysis) 3. Tigallo For Dolo (Prod. By Khrysis) 4. Revenge Feat. Truck North & Median (Prod. By Khrysis) 5. So Cold Feat. Chaundon (Prod. By King Karnov) 6. Second Chances Feat. Bilal & Darien Brockington (Prod. By Denaun Porter) 7. Go Off Go On (Prod. By Khrysis) 8. What We Are Feat. Quiana (Prod. By Young R.J.) 9. After The Party Feat. Carlitta Durand (S1 and Caleb's Who Shot JR Ewing Remix) (Prod. By S1 and Caleb) 10. Two Step Blues Feat. Darien Brockington (Zo's Purple Suit With The Matching Gators Remix) (Prod. By Zo!) 11. Get Enough Pt. 2 Feat. Khrysis (Prod. By Khrysis) 12. Before The Night Is Over (Prod. By J.Bizness) 13. 24 Feat. Torae (Prod. By Khrysis) (Leftback)

The duo have released three albums over the past seven years.

In 2003, Little Brother released its full-length debut, The Listening, which won widespread critical praise that focused especially on 9th Wonder's production. The buzz helped him earn a raft of high-profile outside gigs, including tracks on a pair of multi-platinum releases: The Black Album by Jay-Z and Destiny Fulfilled by Destiny's Child. Little Brother leapt to a major label (along with ABB) in 2005 for The Minstrel Show. In January 2007, as the group was finishing up their next release, Getback, it was announced that Little Brother had left Atlantic and that 9th Wonder had amicably left Little Brother. (All Music)

Leftback will be released on Tuesday, April 20.

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