Rapper Big Pooh Talks Relationship With 9th Wonder And Phonte, Kendrick Lamar

Rapper Big Pooh talks about his relationship with his former Little Brother members and working with K.Dot back in '09.

HipHopWired recently caught up with Rapper Big Pooh to talk about his latest solo effort Dirty Pretty Things. During the interview, the North Carolina vet discussed his relationships with his former Little Brother compatriots 9th Wonder and Phonte. Pooh explained that while he feels no ill will towards either one of them, he hasn't spoken to them in a while.

"We don't have a relationship. Not business or personal," he explained. "I haven't spoken to either one of them in awhile, it's just a thing where it was time for me to walk my own way. I wish those guys the best, I see them, they're doing shows together and putting out records together…I wish them the best because Little Brother is and will always be a part of my foundation. At the same time I had to step away and finally start taking care of me."

Pooh also spoke about linking up with Kendrick Lamar and the TDE crew way back in 2009 for the song "Thanksgiving." He explained that the two first connected on MySpace after K.Dot's people hit him up for a feature. He added that while he recognized the immense talent of the Black Hippy emcees, he never expected that they would blown up to the scale that they have as of late. 

"It was crazy how we ended up connecting. This was back when MySpace still had a little pull," he explained. "Their people hit me up on MySpace and they wanted myself and Phonte to do some work with Jay Rock. He was on Warner at the time, and I had went and did my research…I had never heard of them before so I went Googled them, heard a couple of songs, I liked what I heard so I hit them back, I was like, 'Yo, I'm down.' I ended up going out to L.A., I went to their studio and checked them out. That's where I ended up meeting Kendrick [Lamar] and Ab-Soul. SchoolBoy Q wasn't part of the picture yet. That's when I started hearing all the records that they had over there and I was a fan instantly. I kept in touch with them, and we were passing records back and forth. I made sure I always checked them out when I went their way and vise versa. We formed a working relationship and then we would just hit each other up like, 'Yo, you good?' I had no idea what it was going to become, I didn't know all this was going to happen I just saw the talent."

Check out the full interview over at HipHopWired.

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17 Comments

  • Anonymous

    @SkeeFromBmore: I'm the one that posted Phonte's album was trash. I won't post my age but I've been in this shit since Sugar Hill gang and I grew up in NYC when all this was popping. Jams in the park and all that. So I kinda know my hip hop. The problem with Phonte's album was it was boring. There were a few tracks where lyrics and rhymes meshed.. but on a whole.. production just wasn't there. Phonte always has skills but rap skills alone don't make a satisfying album. People say New Yorkers are used to listening through headphones while riding the train.. but I put this on in my car... and at times the album just became something that played in the background.

  • Anonymous

    big poop stinks and always has. hes not missing out tho. phonte fell all the way off and his albums suck, and 9th wonders label releases nothing but mediocre to wack records. phonte wants to be a lounge singer on queer nicolay beats and 9th wonder likes the smell of his own farts little brother had a spark, thought they were ATCQ, and now release crap music on their to little fanfare. what is 9th wonder without his gifted grammy? all he got, see if you can find one occasion of that egotistical fuck not mentioning the fact he has a grammy a wack producer with garbage kits that used all his all hot samples that hasnt gotten placement on a major rap album since the black album, his first and only.

    • Raiden

      I can't front 9ths beats have been sucking ass of late, the phonte album was overrated as hell, and Big Pooh needs LB. I was a big fan of the first two albums but all this bullshit that has been going on is too much. The foreign exchange went from experimental hip hop to poor man's pop. 9th can't get of his own dick, and persists in coming in coming out with repetitive drum kits, that I was using when I was 14. They are a victim of their own success, any LB fan that doesn't agree is fooling themselves.

    • Anonymous

      @SkeeFromBmore: I'm the one that posted Phonte's album was trash. I won't post my age but I've been in this shit since Sugar Hill gang and I grew up in NYC when all this was popping. Jams in the park and all that. So I kinda know my hip hop. The problem with Phonte's album was it was boring. There were a few tracks where lyrics and rhymes meshed.. but on a whole.. production just wasn't there. Phonte always has skills but rap skills alone don't make a satisfying album. People say New Yorkers are used to listening through headphones while riding the train.. but I put this on in my car... and at times the album just became something that played in the background.

    • SkeeFromBmore

      Phonte's album was trash??? Da f*** is wrong with y'all?? Charity Starts at Home was one the best albums of 2011! HHDX needs to start making y'all post y'all age with these comments! smh...

    • Anonymous

      I have to agree with you as well. Since they've separated... none of their output has been up to Minstrel Show levels. Phonte last album was trash.. and so was 9ths but they have dickriders... I mean fans.. who will purchase anything with their names on regardless of whether it's good or not. Don't get me wrong.. I like them... but their output lately has sucked.

    • def

      9th is prob the most hyped producer ever in the game. same drum kit, same boring patterns with 0 swing. the shit has no soul.

    • BrooklynNTheSouth

      yo man on the low pooh makes better albums than both of them...sleepers was highly slept on really. peace to median tho...and 9th has fell off...but phonte is still killing the rhymes..keep going pooh.

    • Anonymous

      Real Talk. Most overrated group of all time.

  • truthsquared

    Big Pooh Solo > Phonte and 9th's solos.

    • Anonymous

      ^^^^ LOL@ LB haters who need a gimmick to listen to music. typical crack head 80's babies with not attention span to dig deep into lyrics.

  • Anonymous

    Little brother are one of the most tragic groups in hip hop history. You see how weak their shit is as individuals and you could almost cry. There's probably zero chance of them reuniting and they each don't realize their strength as a group. People hyped phonte and 9th's cd last year but knew It was nowhere on the level of the listening or minstrel show.

  • Mr Flamboyant

    I hate when wack niggas have delusions of grandeur. You didn't expect Black Hippy to blow? The nerve of this fat wack bitch. I mean it's just a shame how wack he is. He hasn't gotten better in anything. He's just unbelievably wack. Not damn near wack. WACK. Just go away, fat boy. Seriously.

    • turftalka

      Jeez, man you need to chill the fuck out and get each of Black Hippy's cocks out your mouth. I like Black Hippy (all of there individual stuff & group) but I wasn't even expecting them to blow up to THIS proportion which was what Big Pooh was saying, in 96 did people expect Em to blow up back when Infinite dropped? Not really, but at least people acknowledged talent before they become popular. Just quit bitching.

  • Zach

    maybe he needs to fix his relationship with phonte and 9th wonder. Then maybe he could put out a dopw project.

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