Little Brother has released “Curtain Call,” the first single from their forthcoming and final album, LeftBack. The track features a rad ’80s sample, embellished with synth drum fills and a smooth bass line. Lyrically, “Curtain Call” has got to be one of their finest efforts. It’s littered with the kind of witty punch lines and awesome references (“Not even Clarissa could explain it all”(!)) that make the best hip-hop joints worth re-listening to. And it shows how far Rapper Big Pooh and Phonte have come as emcees; they’re definitely at the top of their game, and it’s a shame we won’t get to hear them together any longer.
But my favourite part of the track comes at the end, when Phonte passes the torch on to the next generation of Little Brothers*. Here’s hoping the cats he names, including Tanya Morgan, J Electronica, Wale and others, can fill their shoes.
DOWNLOAD: Little Brother – Curtain Call
*And bringing harmony to the universe: the group originally named themselves Little Brother because musically, they thought of themselves as the younger siblings of “Tribe, De La, P.E.”