Formed in 2001 at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC, Little Brother has become one of the premier names in soulful hip-hop.
With influences that range from the expressive boom bap of Tribe Called Quest to the rugged back and forth chemistry of EPMD, the group's members Phonte and Big Pooh (former producer 9th Wonder left the group in 2007), have become essential names in hip-hop circles worldwide.
Little Brother released their debut album, "The Listening" on ABB Records in 2003 to widespread critical acclaim. After receiving props from hip-hop luminaries such as Pete Rock and DJ Premier, and touring with the likes of Hieroglyphics and The Roots, the group signed a deal with Atlantic Records in 2004. Their sophomore effort, "The Minstrel Show," was released on Atlantic in 2005 to a mass of critical praise and media controversy. The video for 'Lovin It,' "Minstrel Show's" lead single, was deemed 'too intelligent' by the BET network and was subsequently banned. Similarly, the group's 4.5 mic rating in the Source Magazine was reduced for political reasons, causing the magazine's editor Fahiym Ratcliffe to resign from his position.
After the release of "Minstrel Show," the group released a pair of stellar mixtapes; "Separate But Equal" with DJ Drama (2006) and "And Justus For All" with DJ Mick Boogie (2007). Boasting collaborations with Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Kardinal Offishall and Ray Cash, "And Justus For All" continued Little Brother's long running streak of critical admiration, receiving an XL rating in XXL Magazine, and made free to the public via internet download. Shortly after the release of "Justus," Little Brother left the Atlantic label.
Little Brother's long-awaited third album, "Getback," was released late fall on Hall of Justus/ABB Records and a re-mastered version of "And Justus For All" was released earlier this summer with 7 brand new tracks without DJs drops via Hall of Justus/Traffic Entertainment both albums are in stores now.