David Banner & 9th Wonder Announce Release Date for Joint Album Death Of A Pop Star To Be Released on November 9th via Banner’s Own Big Face Entertainment

David Banner & 9th Wonder Announce Release Date for Joint Album Death Of A Pop Star To Be Released on November 9th via Banner’s Own Big Face Entertainment

The Album:

After months of talking about their much buzzed-about concept album, Grammy winners David Banner and 9th Wonder are excited to announce a release date of November 9th for Death Of A Pop Star. The album will be released through Banner’s own Big Face Entertainment. The seemingly unlikely partnership grew legs when the two Southern boys discovered they shared a lot in common, including misconceptions due to their fame about how they hold the power to resurrect hip-hop music. ?There’s a lot of pressure because people think we have all the money and the answers,? explained Banner in a recent interview with AllHipHop.com.

Formerly intended as a mixtape, the project developed into a full-length album as Banner and 9th realized the significance of Death Of A Pop Star. ?David Banner and I both share the same views on topics such as manhood, being black in America in present day, and the state of black music in general,” says 9th of the collaboration. In a recent HipHopOfficial.com interview Banner says that most people think the album title refers to the death of being a pop star but he insists they chose the title so they could not only talk about the album but also the death of contemporary music. 9th Wonder further articulated, “We’re talking about the death of contemporary black music.”

Following the release of the first song ?Slow Down? the album’s next single will feature fellow Southerner, Ludacris, on a song entitled, ?Be With You.? Other guest spots on the project include Heather Victoria and Big Remo.

Death Of A Pop Star drops November 9th, 2010.

The Background:

9th Wonder has a history of teaming with legendary emcees and crafting dream projects that have resulted in both critical and commercial success. A producer from North Carolina, 9th Wonder started his career as the main producer for the hip-hop group, Little Brother. Leaving Little Brother after their second album together, The Minstrel Show, 9th Wonder has since become a producer and emcee in his own right. Working with MURS, Nas, Beyonce, Jay-Z and more, 9th Wonder has made a name for himself in the hip-hop world. Also known as his rapper alterego, 9thmatic, 9th Wonder is a modern-day hip-hop renaissance man. Hailing from Jackson, Mississippi, David Banner has made a name for himself on the hip-hop scene since 2000. Since then, he has released four studio albums and even became a celebrated producer like producing smash hits like T.I.’s “Rubberband Man,” and having smash hits of his own like “Get Like Me”. David Banner’s most recent successes include writing, producing, and arranging (with guidance from Jimmy Smith and The G Team at Chalt Day) the new non-hip hop Gatorade theme song “Evolve,” performed by Kermit Quinn. Teaming up with 9th Wonder may seem like an unusual collaboration but as the two talented artists come together, their initial album will leave a deep impression on fans. Death of A Pop Star drops summer 2010 via David Banner’s own Big Face Entertainment.

9th Wonder & Buckshot – Concrete Jungle video

9th Wonder & Buckshot – Concrete Jungle video

9th Wonder & Buckshot are currently mixing their 3rd studio album together, entitled, The Solution. Stay tuned for new music, interviews & upcoming videos. “Concrete Jungle,” an unreleased track from 9th Wonder & Buckshot’s vault, was directed by B Green.

Little Brother Hit the Road in Support of Final Album, LeftBack

Little Brother Hit the Road in Support of Final Album, LeftBack

North Carolina duo Little Brother released their fourth and final LP, LeftBack, today. Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh were joined by producers Denaun Porter, Symbolic One, Jbizness, Zo!, and longtime collaborator Khrysis as well fellow Hall of Justus members Chaundon, Darien Brockington, and Trunk North.

The group has been a force to be reckoned with since their 2003 debut, The Listening, with producer 9th Wonder at the helm. That album garnered critical acclaim, received nods from hip-hop legends such as DJ Premier and Pete Rock, and landed them on tour alongside The Roots. Little Brother’s following album, The Minstrel Show earned a coveted 4.5 out of 5 stars from The Source magazine and an XL from XXL Magazine.

LeftBack finds the MCs saying goodbye after more than 7 years in the game. Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh will be hitting the road this month to give fans one last performance as they close the curtain on their time together as Little Brother.

Download and share Little Brother’s “Curtain Call” from LeftBack [Hall Of Justus]

Little Brother on Tour
04-24 Riverside, CA – UC Riverside
05-11 New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
05-14 Washington, DC – Black Cat
05-19 Chicago, IL – Double Door
05-26 San Diego – 4th & B
05-27 Los Angeles, CA – Key Club
05-28 San Francisco, CA – Independent

Little Brother – Curtain Call video [Trailer]

Little Brother – Curtain Call video [Trailer]

The official trailer for Little Brother’s “Curtain Call” from their album Left Back which drops April 20th.

The Video:

To celebrate the release of their final album LeftBack, and with an official video for “Curtain Call” underway, Little Brother is enticing fans with a video preview for the single as a sketch for the album. After “Curtain Call” received such enthusiastic praise, the aptly titled track’s video depicts Little Brother’s preparation for commencement. Directed by Matt Kozza, the video will feature guest appearances from fellow Justus League rappers Chaundon, Joe Scudda, Jozeemo, Big Dho, and more. Look out for the official “Curtain Call” video coming April 21, 2010 and LeftBack’s release April 20, 2010.

Little Brother’s fourth and final album, LeftBack, will be available this Tuesday, April 20 via Hall Of Justus.

The Background:

Little Brother, the Durham, North Carolina group formed in part by Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh, released their debut album The Listening on ABB Records in 2003. They are now gearing up for the release of their fourth album, LeftBack, which will be the last of Little Brother’s illustrious career, available April 20th via Hall Of Justus. Continuing the tradition they set with the critically acclaimed third release GetBack, Big Pooh and Phonte have enlisted multiple producers for LeftBack, both from within and outside of the Justus League camp. The album features production from the likes of Khyrsis, Denaun Porter, J.Bizness and guest vocals from Torae, Truck North, Jozeemo, Chaundon, Median, and more.

Little Brother – “So Cold” Feat. Chaundon Little Brother Releases Latest Track From Farewell Album, LeftBack

Little Brother – “So Cold” Feat. Chaundon Little Brother Releases Latest Track From Farewell Album, LeftBack

The Song:

In preparation for the release of their forthcoming album, LeftBack, the North Carolina duo Little Brother is proud to release the album’s latest track, “So Cold,” featuring fellow Justus League emcee and long-time collaborator Chaundon. Produced by King Karnov, the song begins with a commanding drumbeat, wobbly bass line, and warped keyboard effects, shortly joined by a soulful intro and hook. Once the distorted sounds and old school vibe are set, Big Pooh, Phonte, and the Bronx’s own Chaundon command the instrumental, each taking turns over the song’s three verses. The smooth feel is complimented by “So Cold’s” underlying theme – Big Pooh and Phonte live the high life from their musical success but haven’t changed from the fame – and a catchy hook, “We love to party/ Love to ball/ Love to floss with no shame/ We act a fool/ We rock with jewels/ Got people calling our names/ So plain to see/ I can’t believe you ever thought that I’d change/ So could about 20 below.” The chemistry between the emcees is apparent throughout the track, continuing a long line of quality collaborations between the three. Chaundon explains, “The definition of soul, lyricism, and timeless music. Little Brother and Chaundon are ‘So Cold’.” Always down to make dope joints as a team, this latest installment is no different.

Look out for the official video for “Curtain Call” and some exclusive behind the scenes footage from the shoot coming soon.

Little Brother’s fourth and final album, LeftBack, will be available April 20, 2010 via Hall Of Justus.

“So Cold” Feat. Chaundon:

The Background:

Little Brother, the Durham, North Carolina group formed in part by Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh, released their debut album The Listening on ABB Records in 2003. They are now gearing up for the release of their fourth album, LeftBack, which will be the last of Little Brother’s illustrious career, available April 20th via Hall Of Justus. Continuing the tradition they set with the critically acclaimed third release GetBack, Big Pooh and Phonte have enlisted multiple producers for LeftBack, both from within and outside of the Justus League camp. The album features production from the likes of Khyrsis, Denaun Porter, J.Bizness and guest vocals from Torae, Truck North, Jozeemo, Chaundon, Median, and more.

Little Brother Announces Release Date Of April 20th For New LP LeftBack Bonus DVD With Never Seen Before Footage To Accompany Limited First Run

Little Brother Announces Release Date Of April 20th For New LP LeftBack Bonus DVD With Never Seen Before Footage To Accompany Limited First Run

Favorites of fans and critics alike, Little Brother, the North Carolina duo of Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh, is proud to finally confirm the release of an album people have been waiting on for years. LeftBack, which will be the fourth album of Little Brother’s illustrious career, will be available April 20th via Hall Of Justus.

Little Brother members Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh worked through several versions of the album before locking in the final version of LeftBack. Close followers of Little Brother may already be familiar with the LeftBack title, however, any previously held notions of this album being an EP should be dismissed. Little Brother opted to scrap the EP concept and instead, crafted an album’s worth of material for those who have been waiting patiently for new content. “I didn’t want our last record to be a bunch of second-rate material,” says Phonte. “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.”

Continuing the tradition they set with the critically acclaimed GetBack, Big Pooh and Phonte have enlisted multiple producers for LeftBack, both from within and outside of the Justus League camp. Producers for this album include frequent collaborator Khrysis and GetBack producers Denaun Porter and Zo!, as well as efforts from Symbolyc One and first time Little Brother contributors, J. Bizness, and King Karnov.

In addition to production, Khyrsis will also be contributing guest vocals on the album. Joining the North Carolina producer/MC are Torae, Truck North, Jozeemo and fellow Justus League MC’s Chaundon and Median. Resident crooner Darien Brockington and songstress Yahzarah also supply vocals on the album.

Despite Little Brother’s dominating presence in the hip-hop world since the 2003 release of The Listening, LeftBack will mark the duo’s first album with a true multi-media experience. Accompanying LeftBack will be four official music videos, all shot and directed by Matt Koza, known for his previous work with Foreign Exchange, Rapper Big Pooh, Kam Moye, RJD2, and more. While not customary for a Little Brother release – the group has had only one previous official video, for The Minstrel Show’s “Lovin’ It” – with LeftBack, Little Brother is excited to offer loyal supporters a long-desired visual take on the group’s music. Says Big Pooh, “Three albums, three mixtapes, one video. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense in this day and age. We have always lacked in the visual department, and I think it will be refreshing to finally offer the people those visuals.”

Building on the album’s multi-media offerings, the initial pressing of LeftBack will also feature a limited edition DVD full of exclusive bonus material. Compiled in a documentary format, the bonus DVD will include recent tour footage, as well as exclusive Little Brother footage shot and archived throughout their career. For fans that miss the initial run, a subsequent DVD-only release will also include all official music videos from LeftBack.

Fans can expect further announcements from Little Brother, including tour info and other interesting developments on LeftBack’s road to the release.

New Apathy song True Love featuring Phonte of Little Brother from the new album Wanna Snuggle

Taken from Apathy’s sophomore, LP, Wanna Snuggle?, which will be released on 10-6-09.

Info below:

Connecticut’s world famous rhyme wrecker returns with a warm hug and a deadly snakebite on his sophomore full length album, “Wanna Snuggle?” Apathy, known as lead MC of the indie fan favorite Demigodz clique as well as a member of Jedi Mind Tricks’ Army of the Pharaohs crew, follows up 2006’s well-received Babygrande Records “Eastern Philosophy” debut with a brand new masterpiece of 21 songs. Painstaking lyricism, strangleholding mic presence, high caliber rap flows and upper echelon neck-snapping production round out this release in true Demigodzilla fashion. Some of the highlights include the uptempo “Shoot First”, which is a Mike Shinoda produced track featuring the legendary B-Real (of Cypress Hill) and Celph Titled, as well as a collaboration with J-Live called “This Is The Formula”. Little Brother’s own Phonte makes a cameo on “True Love”, and some soulful hooks are laced across the album courtesy of Chip-Fu (of Fu-Schnickens) and Wu-Tang vocalist Blue Raspberry. Also contributing a major factor to the album is singer Holly Brook, best known for Fort Minor’s chart topping “Where’d You Go” single and video. Fort Minor, Get Busy Committee, Demigodz and AOTP family are definitely in full effect throughout the project, including Ryu (of Styles of Beyond), Motive, Emilio Lopez, King Magnetic, Veze Skante and more. The bulk of production is handled by Apathy himself, who has been building up a production resume producing for Tiye Phoenix, Styles of Beyond, 7L & Esoteric, Eternia, and upcoming albums from Cypress Hill and Edo G.

DL link to Apathy f/Phonte’s “True Love”: http://www.zshare.net/audio/64291520c659d52a/