Little Brother: Curtain Call

Little Brother explains their final months as a legendary '00s Rap group, their legacy, and why Rap is "No country for old men."

The curtains seem to be coming down but the fans haven’t left. Like with any great show, they’re waiting for an encore, something more, something to signify the show isn’t over. Word to Inspectah Deck, “die-hard fans demand more.” Who could blame them? After a slew of critically acclaimed material, Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh have decided to hang it up as a group to focus on their other artistic endeavors. But, it’s deeper than that.

After a recent conversation with the duo, it is clear that they remain great friends. In fact, they explained, part of the reason for this farewell is so that their friendship can remain unscathed, unforced. They reminisced on sharing cans of Starkist as they came up and judging by the way they spoke, it’s clear that the memories of life as Little Brother are held in high regard.
For fans, part of this experience with Little Brother has been filled with love for the boom and the bap. When they came to the game, they entered as the younger siblings of groups like De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest and more likeminded artistic collectives that brought so much influential music to the 1990s. It’s well known that their name came from this “younger sibling” mentality but what’s given them so much respect over the years has been their ability to create their own lane, to influence others and to leave a stamp on the Hip Hop map of their own.

Still, it’s hard to dismiss that part of this experience has also come with some dramatic elements. After gaining notoriety as a trio, it became a duo with the departure of 9th Wonder, who provided the soundscape that they came up with. As it would be, that departure was about more than music and fans were left wondering why the split took place. All of this, of course, came to light more than ever during this year’s Twitter dispute between 9th and Phonte. After a few words were typed, ‘Te recorded and released a video log of the situation, pointing out his take on all things related to the split. In the midst of all of this, they prepped the release of their final album, Leftback, which was recently released.

Through all of the turmoil, however, Phonte and Big Pooh have kept their heads held high. They came to leave a mark and they did. Few can dispute that Little Brother has become an integral part of the Rap world but it now is a group that may never release another album together. Of course, this is Hip Hop. While we can’t speculate on the future, they wouldn’t be the first to come back from “retirement” and they definitely wouldn’t be the first to reunite. The curtains may have fallen with Leftback, but some fans are still in their seats.

In the middle of everything, the duo took some time to speak to HipHopDX about why “Rap is no country for old men,” why some things should and shouldn’t be kept private and why hard times lead to ingenuity. Pooh and ‘Te were in usual form, unafraid to speak their minds and honest with theirs. To get some insight on why the group split, why the duo is choosing to close this chapter and more, read on.

HipHopDX: Pooh, you once said, “I had to sit and assess / Why all my favorite groups is a mess / Then I'm like they probably split for the best / They had to make room for the rest.” What does that line mean to you today, with everything that has gone on with Little Brother?
Rapper Big Pooh: I’d seen how our situation had played out with Atlantic Records and the 9th [Wonder] departure. I was just sitting there, like, when you listen to your favorite groups and when EPMD, [A] Tribe [Called Quest] or other groups break up, as a fan and as an outsider, you’re just like, "Aw man, why they do that? They was makin’ great music!" But, you don’t know the ins and outs and the inner-workings of what was going on. I was just thinking about our own situation and then I realized, when groups leave, it’s just like when a person dies. Every person dies and a baby is born. So, as Little Brother calls it quits, there are other groups to not necessarily take our place but to keep the tradition going.
Phonte: Yeah, keep the tradition going.
Rapper Big Pooh: That’s what it’s all about. Another reason I wrote that is because you don’t want your favorite group to force a relationship. Like, you don’t want Tribe Called Quest…If they don’t really want to be together, you want them to make another album. If they make an album just because you asked for it, it’s not going to be the same Tribe Called Quest you fell in love with. It’s going to be something forced.

DX: You’ve said it in the past. I can respect that you’d like to keep some things under wraps but how much of a right do the fans have to know what goes on behind the scenes? Do they have any right to know anything at all?
Phonte: Um, some would argue they have no rights. Generally, I’m a person that believes people don’t have a right to know and keeping it all about the music. It’s just like in a marriage. If you and your wife have a divorce, that pretty much should be kept between y’all. As long as everything’s kept in private, then it’s cool. I think that is the proper way to handle things. However, when things become public, then that’s a totally different situation. Particularly, with the case of 9th, I made the video that I’m sure you may have seen by now. That was spawned out of a situation where, I’m not just going to allow him, or anybody, to keep making statements about me, directly or indirectly, in public and just painting me and Pooh as these bitter, angry guys that’s just jealous of him. "I was done wrong," and all of this…Nah, dude, that’s bullshit! In that case, then I do feel the fans have a right to know because that wasn’t about music. That was about manhood. I have no problem with people looking at me like, "'Te, you an asshole." That’s cool. I can live with that. I have no problem with being held up in that light. But, whatever opinion you have about me, make sure you have all the facts. Inform your opinion off of all the facts. With me doing that video, it was just a thing like, "Look, your boy’s going to keep putting his sideways darts out there. Okay, well, let me just put this out there just to give a little context to the situation." Once I did that, that shut all that shit up. I agree that it should be held in private and that’s the way me and Pooh have always tried to operate. But, it comes to a certain point where just as a man, enough’s enough.
Rapper Big Pooh: To add onto that, the funny thing is, I was having a conversation with a friend of mine yesterday and we talked briefly about the situation. What I was telling him was, the funny thing is when a situation goes down with your favorite group, like with Little Brother, people look at 9th one way and they look at ‘Te one way and they look at me one way. First it’s like, "I want to know what happened. What went wrong?" But, then when you start to actually reveal facts, their perception about you starts to change. They may not want it to change. They may want to look at ‘Te as an asshole or the bad guy or me as the bad guy. When the perception starts to change, it fucks up their whole mind. It’s like when Laurence Fishburne told Keanu Reeves [in The Matrix], "Which pill you want? You want the truth pill or you want to go back to your fairy tale life?" When he took the truth pill, it fucked his mind up. It’s almost the same thing. "We want to know! We want to know!" Then, soon as you start to find out, "Aw, naw! Y’all need to keep that shit private! We don’t want to know that!" So, it’s crazy. That whole thing is… it’s definitely a result of this time we livin’ in where most of a person’s information is accessible. This is the tabloid generation, where if you’re any sort of celebrity, your information is out for the public to see. There’s definitely some of that.

DX: Right, Phonte made a good point about having all the facts but if I can be the outsider or the devil’s advocate, if fans don’t have the facts and they just have these vague references like, one side says, "You guys don’t know the whole story," and the other side says, "You all don’t have the whole story," then if the public doesn’t have the facts, how can they fully take in what’s going on?
Phonte: If the public don’t know nothin’?

DX: No, they know that there was a departure and that it was due to some differences but they don’t have all the facts behind it. You were saying to make sure you have the facts before making a judgment on the situation, but still, I don’t think fans have all the facts. How can they make that judgment? Or, is it better to just leave it at that, as Pooh said?
Phonte: Maybe it is and maybe a “bigger man” would just leave it at that. But, when I’m seeing my character attacked and I’m being accused of things that absolutely did not happen, then I take the offensive. That’s just me. That ain’t got nothin’… Just to reiterate, this whole Little Brother/9th thing, it ain’t got shit to do with Hip Hop. That ain’t got shit to do with Hip Hop or a Hip Hop song, none of that shit. This is about manhood, loyalty and respect. These are things that are bigger than Hip Hop. This is something that’s totally separate from that…
Rapper Big Pooh: My bad, sorry to interrupt you, ‘Te. But, that’s something people don’t realize. This ain’t got nothing to do with Hip Hop.
Phonte: Again, had the situation not really been made public to begin with, me and Pooh would have kept quiet about it. But, once things are being made public and you’re seeing shots taken at you, it’s like, "Yo, come on bro!" But, as far as the fans, them not really wanting to know or whatever, they can take it however they want. I really don’t know how they’re going to take it. That shit really ain’t on me. I don’t really know how. All I can say is that me and Pooh have always just tried to make the best records we can make and have always tried to have integrity amongst ourselves and our fan base and have always tried to do the right thing in regards to all aspects of our careers. That’s really all I can say. Anything that happened outside of that or to any fans that we disappointed, I apologize but those same disappointments that we may have as men, those are the same things that made us great artists. You can’t listen to Gucci Mane music and then get mad ‘cause the nigga get locked up! Like, "Do the shit he talk about in his music, like, did you not think this nigga was gonna get locked up?" [Laughs] You can’t speerate the art from the artist, to a certain degree. At some point, there has to be some accountability on the listener’s part. Listening to me and Pooh’s lyrics and what we stand for, always talking about standing up for yourself, you know, "Don’t let a nigga try to tell you who you are." You think the same niggas that wrote those lyrics would just let a motherfucker that they came up with just talk shit about them and then not say nothin’? Come on, B! Nah, nah! That’s my take on it.

DX: I was just listening to Leftback and heard an interesting line. I heard “Rap is no country for old men.” Now, Phonte, when we spoke last, you were talking about rappers catering to the youth. If emcees retire, if they don’t keep going, what happens to those that are 40 and grew up with Hip Hop but have no one their age to speak to them?
Phonte: They’ll still listen to the same shit they grew up listening to. They’ll listen to stuff they’ve been listening to. Music is based on memory. (Inaudible) So, say the dude that was 15 when [Jay-Z's] Reasonable Doubt came out, they can listen to it and be like, "Yo, I remember when this came out and I was in school and me and my boys used to ride to this." It takes them back to that place. Fast forward 14 years later and Blueprint 3 comes out, they’ll be like, "Okay, I’m older now. I’ve got kids. I’ve got a job. I don’t have time to smoke and ride to this music anymore. So, being that I’m in a new point in my life, do I buy Blueprint 3 to relive my youth or am I just going to play Reasonable Doubt again?" That’s ultimately, what I think is going to happen. It’s just like our parents do. They got they oldies, they got they stuff that they like to listen to. When Doug E. Fresh go on tour, he’s not doing new records! [Laughs] Well, they may do them, I don’t know. That’s no dis to Doug E. or none of the brothers.
Rapper Big Pooh: Niggas ain’t there to see new Doug E. [music]. They there to see “The Show!” [Laughs]
Phonte: Yeah, Hip Hop is going to be that way. As cats retire, they just gon’ play they old shit.

DX: They’re going to hit us with that “Best of” Well, Phonte, a lot of folks are saying your verse on “Best of Times” with Strong Arm Steady is a contender for verse of the year. Care to break down that verse for a second? “Everybody’s got the blues and it’s evident / Got workers losing their jobs and their residence.” What were you thinking when you wrote that? How does that verse speak to what’s going on today?
Phonte: For me, it was a verse I wrote about in terms of the recession and what’s going on financially. It’s a hard time for everybody but ultimately, we will survive. Just like, the main line is “I’m black, I was born in a financial crisis.” This whole financial crisis, that shit ain’t new to me. I done been broke before. “No eulogy, no two to threes,” meaning I’m not going to kill myself and I’m not going to do nothing stupid to get me locked up because I done been in a drought before and I know how to hustle, legally. So, that pretty much is what it was about, not looking at these times as a time of adversity, but looking at it as a time to create new opportunities for yourself because whenever the economy is bad or times are tight, it’s always the people with the best ideas and ingenuity that come out on top. It’s a survival song.

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33 Comments

  • shadysquare

    Im going to miss Little Brother they were definately on point so this is something that no one wants to see. I have a question for all you hip-hop heads though. For everyone talking about they will miss these guys, who was buying thier stuff, I mean not just downloading the music I mean who is actually supporting these hip-hop artists? Everyone acts as if Soldier Boy is the downfall of hip-hop, but isnt it the consumer? Soldier Boy might not be a nice rapper but his fans support his music and thats why hes still making music and some of the nicest underground rappers stay struggling.

    • SAMURAI36

      This is a good point. I bought everything from Little Brother. And it's sooo funny, that the main ig'nant ass niggas that always assesses an artist based on "who's selling", is the main one that ain't buying shit. That shit cracks me the fuck up.

  • Avenger XL

    Also I forgot to mention that Little Brother is a hip-hop version of a tribute band. I always liked them because they paid tribute to my favorite part of hip-hop i.e. the native tongue movements.

  • Zeke

    Yo...this is just a fucking shame..Since 05 Little Brother has been my favorite group. I just read this shit then I peeped out Phonte's "rant" he recorded...To me this shit is gay. Te sonds jealous..he sound hurt. As if he wanted 9th to contiune to carry the group. And 9th head swole up after producing for sum major acts. So in essence, 9th getting grew larger than the group. He coulda just held it down ie Jadakiss/LOX. But 9th wanted the Kanye and Pharrell fame..it didn't pan out like that. I give Phooh credit because he came outta dis shit a better rapper. He learned to walk on his own in the indusrty. Phonte is my man but he sound bitter and emoitional. But it just seems like they were always on the verge but never blew..now I see why. They wasn't really together as a group. They should be a big act in the game..U hear drake? U heard Kanye? All of dem dudes love Little Brother..it just a shame that they never really lived up to what I thought was a "changing of the guard" group. At the end of the day..what pill u want..the reality that ya'll not a group or knowing shit aint that real but you making money and forming a legacy? U live and u learn!

    • bsmoov

      I second that homie. I first heard of LB when I went to the record store back in 03 looking around. I saw "The Listening" on sale for like $8. I was like who are these cats. I put on the headphones and was blown away. I immediately copped the album. I've been a fan every since. I agree, i think 9th wanted to be large like Kanye cuz 03 is around the time Kanye started blowin up. The difference is Kanye had Jay-Z behind him. I heard 9th didn't even tour with LB. All in all. The formula they had was nice. 2 emcee's and a dope producer how can you go wrong? When people start putting themselves ahead of the group, shit falls apart. They could've been large if they focused more on the business and less on bullshit. Still I remember that day in the record store and I hold on to that LB not the bickering emotional LB.

  • headhunter187

    I am real pissed that these dudes are breaking up in my eyes they single handly saved hip hop and gave hope to the hip hop heads who wanted more scope from the music they loved cos lets be real who really wants to seat around and just listen lil wanye and all his swagger jackers. they r in the top 5 hip hop duos ever to grace the mic along with tip & phife outkast empd red & meth (chemistry wise) and the thing about little brother, is that when they dropped, all the other rappers that people were digging at the time were out of touch with us normal people LB hit that same note that ATCQ hit almost 2 decades ago by bypassing the *norms* of hip hop today I.E money, drugs, hoes and went with just being real dealing with shit like fatherhood, 9 to 5's and other everyday shit that we can relate to One of the thing i really like about LB is the way they deal with women again they bypass thethe norms of today's hip hop and instead of women just being disposable entities that throw themselves at any 1 that SAYS their rappers they are treated the way that most of us would treat them with RESPECT (i know its crazy) . Phonte should be on every hip hop fans top 10 list of mc's ever there is just to many quoteables, you know what their not quoteables their nuggets of wisdom and knowledge that every man should pass on to their sons i cant be asked to list them all but i must say this last album is quite a let down at first i was like this is so dope but after listening a few more times i was like MAAAAANNNNNN is this what ive been waiting for all this time?? remixes of tracks that were on the last album???? i mean this is LBs sendoff they should have done a black album on it, in the sense it was just made with the two of them with a few tracks from 9th and pete rock but instead they've riddled it with entry level rappers that dont add any thing to the overall package. as i said before phonte is (was) one of the best mcs ever to do it (no im not a groupie every rap fan should feel the same) but his missing on this one, and big pooh is just big pooh, one of the things i enjoyed most about phontes bars was the wisdom he delivered with witty bars but on this this last helping there is hardly any trace of that if any and that's the main driving force behind the love L.B gets from its fans. but with that said they r still one of the best duo's eva

  • ABCDEF.....YOU

    Wasted talent. Niggas too emotional! Just put out some good music and end all the girl talk!

  • THESENIGGASHERE!

    WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS ALL ABOUT THEN?????? Rapper Big Pooh] Yeah, it's Rapper, it's 9th Wonder, hah I'm seeing life in my rear view mirror And I recognise that people do change While viewing life in my rear view mirror I recognise we all gotta go through thangs This is life in my rear view If you just turn around, you can see it too This is life in my rear view If I just turn around, I can see it through As time go by, I ain't gon' lie I think I seen enough to make a grown man cry My grandmamma's gone, then my uncle's on Gotta stay strong for the fam I gotta keep strong for myself Seen my little bit of wealth, money can't cure all of the pain that the heart endures The memory's here, here comes a new year Here comes a new spirit, tell me can you hear it? Got a little louder, we all begin to fear it So we push back, then we push out 'Til we still alone and the world forgot about the things that you did, goals you accomplished That dream that you had, now a broken promise I vowed to be honest, bare my soul Hear people taking shots and they wonder why I'm cold My story unfolds like any other Gotta pay homage to them older brothers who came here before me, laid the foundation Started as a fad, now a great situation I ain't had a job since '03 But the music business is more than you see We made a bit of magic when we did it as three Then we grew up, then we grew apart That's when I realised it was bigger than art But grown men gon' do what grown men do I can't put the blame all on another dude No communication, that mean we didn't speak That's why on +Getback+, it was two, not three Wish nothing but the best to my homeboy P I also went through it with my homeboy G But this go around took a little bit of time I already put our whole story in a rhyme The lord says forgive, well mama I'm tryin Ronnie I'm flyin, all grown up Came home just in time, seen your boy blown up I know it's that time, gotta stand on my two Tighten my belt, lean on Rapper Pooh Was it really love that we shared as a crew? Cause love ain't something you say, you do It was all fun when we were all young and we were all dumb, just making jams Of course shit change when you start to see grands Everybody reaching out to you with their hands Not having structure, two separate plans Niggas wanna vote for themselves as the man Now we got factions, no longer whole Shit can't work if you all want control Niggas never sold our souls to the Devil At the same time we gripped our own shovels Heavy on the bass, went light on the treble Big bad company, we just little pebbles Learnt a whole lot, don't regret the move Came back to it indie, had nothing to prove Go hard every time, got nothing to lose At the end of the day, it's your right to choose I'm seeing life in my rear view mirror And I recognise that people do change While viewing life in my rear view mirror I recognise we all gotta go through thangs This is life in my rear view If you just turn around, you can see it too This is life in my rear view If I just turn around, I can see it through.

  • Avenger XL

    In all honesty. I agree with what they said about keeping their personal life separate from the music. No one has a right to know your life that is some pop star shit. You put your music out to be judge as a artist not as a individual even though it is hard to separate the person from their art folks need to do so. Now as far as the whole "no country for old men in rap" that is bullshit! If hip-hop does not forge past just being a youth culture it does not deserve to survive as a legit artform. Because it will be reduced to nothing but pop phenom expressing the zeitgest of the moment with no effect past that point. If a artist can create good expressive music until they are 60 or death great. If they can't find anything knew to write about or new direction to explore then they need to quit. Dance rappers have a short shelf life because it is so fad driven from the jump but thoughtful music doesn't have an experiation date especially when performed well. Lil brother must be confusing their inability to capture a larger audience with doing this in their old age. I agree that when you have nothing to say or you are doing it just for the money like a punch drunk evander hollyfield then you should quit. But if you can continue to make relevant music and capture a audience then hey. LB never had that large of a universe of fans, I consider myself a hip-hop head and enjoyed LB but they never sold 300,000 units while ice cube did that on a indie release he dropped himself. That is because he has money behind him and LB production is loaded with samples so if they sold a million units they would probably be sued to the stone ages a lot like madlib bitchin about folks telling his sample source. So long story short these guys had the talent and nice beats but needed a better team to get the return they deserved and they could have rhymed longer but without that team it is financially pointless

  • bsmoov

    I'm a hip hop fan and honestly if it has to do with Hip Hop then the fans should know. If it has nothing to do with Hip Hop then we shouldn't know PERIOD. These are men and we don't know these men. I don't know Phonte, Pooh, or 9th. What they do as men is on them. They said it has nothing to do with Hip Hop so we really don't have a right to know. As far as the Jay Z comment, I mean im 32 so i remember the hip hop "Golden Era" but at the same time i can't expect to stay in that time. I like new music but I like new artist who have that old school "Golden Era" swag. I like Fashawn, Blu, and other young artist on that level. So 30+ people still vibe to new music but just not the bubble gum watered down stuff.

  • triggatronic

    Shout out to the original LB...that's Phonte, Big Pooh and 9th Wonder (with Krysis on the occasional help out). That's all I have to say on that.

  • Gonzalo

    SOLDADO ENT PRESENTS GONZALO SOUNDBOY KILLA & MI MONTUNO AVAILABLE NOW ON ITUNES & AMAZONMP3 OVER RMX FREE DOWNLOAD http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_3822932 I'M CRUSHING ALL COMPETITION THE INDUSTRY WILL NOT IMPEDE ON MY GOD GIVEN RIGHT TO RHYME

  • dlp23602

    LB just shut the eff up and go away...the fans have the right to know why their fav groups are broken up after all the time and money invested....screw that BS ya talkin'!!

  • Jeffluv

    Love LB but that comment about as fans grow they just stay listening to the old shit is bogus. Like D Nice said recently, I dont wanna just hear Doug E Fresh, I wanna hear people making music as good as Dougie Fresh. The Jay Z example is pretty poor too, Im not even a fan and I know BP3 is a more grown album than RD. Every other genre of music grows with it's fans, if hiphop doesn't it will die, simple as. I grew up listening to late 80s early 90s and now still enjoy BOB, Fashawn, Blu, DOOM and my heroes still making great NEW music like BCC, Cypress Hill and Chip Fu....disappointed in Te for those comments

    • MalcolmLittle

      Haha what you know about that Chip Fu Jeffluv?! Talk about a slept on legend...Chip's one of the pioneers of that rapid fire flow, along with Twista f/k/a Tung Twista, and Das EFX. And this current material he's been puttin out has been off the damn MEAT RACK!! Props for that name drop Jeff! http://realityreport-mlittle.blogspot.com "Read between the lines, and question EVERYTHING." -- MalcolmLittle

  • Ngwane TM

    "When everything is young, fresh and new" LB be the greatest duo of all time... memories will carry through songs cos they dont leave like people do. The Minstrel Show was classic, The Listening was classic, Get Back was ite but you could tell something was missing (9th). You developed your own style that was missing in the hip hop scene. You soldiered on honing your craft while others were dumbing it down to appeal to charts. "My momma told me that this music was cool, all she ever wanted from me was to graduate from school/ but I had other plans so I bid school adieux// I listen to you fucks everday almost religiously... fuck let me stop Im begining to sound like a stan. LB forever

  • humblemumble

    i don't fully agree with Phonte's "no country for old men" statement. It isnt like all of their fans are teenagers, let alone 20 somethings. They have a fairly mature vibe to them so its not like someone at 35 is looking past their music to listen to old school stuff. There are mature, responsible adults who filter through the gimmicks to find current stuff that relates to them. i will miss LB.

  • C-MACK

    Little Brother = True Hip Hop

  • da1

    Why couldn't it been lil wayne to be doing this interview talking about his swan song. It's always the good ones that leave us early I guess. But they are right to keep rapping when your pushing forty, forty-five that aint a good look. Jay-Z had the same mentality but he like jordan he loves it too much to stop. But you got to stop at some point. You get a pass in your forties i suppose but anything higher then that is ridiculous. Hang up the mic and walk away with grace.

  • ERS10ne

    LB Got a spot in the HHHOF to me. Te' and Pooh some real niggaz. All good things must end they say. Good thing the music lives on. Wrong Blog Spot, but RIP GURU!!!

  • Soulful Beats

    Hate to see another dope ass group part ways, but from trying to do the group thing myself way back, I can understand how situations amongst members the fans don't see, can eventually lead to separation. It was a damn good run and I truly hope these cats, including 9th can settle their differences. After hearing about Guru and the fact him and Premo didn't get to settle their differences, I truly hope these dudes can at least maintain their friendship while everyone is still alive and kicking, even if they never record another record again, the fact that they came up together is greater than any record they could ever release. It truly breaks my heart to see talented cats having petty beefs like that. On a positive note, I'll definitely be checking out their final release.

  • L4U

    HUGE Little Brother fan!!!! One of the BEST live shows EVER TRUST!

  • HHFAN

    I know I'm going to get hated on for this, but to me LB is just very, very,very, very boring.....

    • dlp23602

      especially w/o 9th....

    • C-MACK

      @HHFAN- Damn, I'm sorry you feel that way.

    • ERS10ne

      HHFAN - no war of words. Your opionion. Not hating on you either. I think hate and hater is used to deflect truth. Just cCurious how old you are? I am assuming you have to be between 15 and 19? Answer and I'll tell you why I asked that question.

  • Nomad Sirrah

    I have been a fan of LB since hearing The Listening and I even turned on my 11yr old son to their music. Dope beats and lyrics what else can you ask for. I am proud of them for putting on the other artist that I have became fan of because of their association D. Brockington, Yahzarah, Carlitta Durand, Supastition, Chaundon, Joe Scudda, Skyzoo, and others. Live Shows was a beast everytime and I tell anyone to go see them live to understand why they so dope. "Always try to associate with people from whom you can learn something. All the knowledge that you want is in the world, and all you have to do is go seek it." Marcus Garvey

  • 100277665

    Being from NC, i can definently say these brothers are the best thing to come out of the state as far as hip-hop goes and 1 of the best rap groups in the game. Thanks for the jewels you blessed us with and as long as this is for the best, I'm all for it. Yall will truely be missed. Now go cop dat Leftback!!!

  • Backpacker 88

    Unfortunate to hear this. First, 9th leaving. And now they're splitting up. Definitely was a good run. Thanks for the music.

  • Meldawg

    LB's one of the best to ever do it... Without question... Real hip hop music

  • shouldbewe

    never really felt them-but i tried

  • Really Doe

    This group endured a series of bad breaks. I wait for the day that this isn't the end, but whether that day comes or not, thanks for the music and the memories. Y'all had impact on me (that includes 9th)

  • Lemonz

    Just a shame it didn't work out longer between the dudes. Music was straight.