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Little Brother Release First Single from Last Album

El bee's curtain call

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

(via NahRight)

*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.”

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Little Brother Unveils ‘LeftBack’ Album Art and Tracklist

Little Brother's final album "LeftBack"

Little Brother unveiled today the album art and tracklist of their next, and reportedly last, album. Called LeftBack, the album is set for release on April 20.  According to a press release, the album will “feature production from the likes of Khrysis, Denaun Porter, Zo!, Symbolyc One, J. Bizness and King Karnov, [and] is poised to take listeners on an epic auditory adventure.”  Guest-spotting on the album are Jozeemo, Yahzarah, Chaundon, Bilal, Darien Brockington, Carlitta Durand and others.  Sounds dope.

Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of their last album, it’s most definitely a shame to hear that LeftBack will mark the end of Little Brother.  Like Q-Tip and Phife Dawg, Rapper Big Pooh and Phonte made amazing records based around their love of hip-hop.  Dudes weren’t the greatest rappers of all time, but their appreciation and understanding of the culture meant that their music will be listened to for years to come.

Their demise also speaks to the sorry state of contemporary hip-hop.  As a post on PrefixMag.com put it, “It’s sad to see bad timing, poor album sales, and record company mismanagement destroy a group as good as this. It made no sense why their considerable skills never translated into record sales and airplay. If anything, it’s an indictment of the style over substance attitude governing the hip hop mainstream for the last few years. Here’s hoping ‘Te and Pooh’s solo endeavors continue to shine as brightly as Little Brother’s brief but seminal catalog does.”

LeftBack tracklist:

01 Curtain Call
02 Table for Two [ft. Jozeemo & Yahzarah]
03 Tigallo for Dolo
04 Revenge
05 So Cold [ft. Chaundon]
06 Second Chances [ft. Bilal & Darien Brockington]
07 Go Off Go On
08 What We Are [ft. Quiana]
09 After the Party [ft. Carlitta Durand] (S1 and Caleb’s Who Shot JR Ewing Remix)
10 Two Step Blues [ft. Darien Brockington] (Zo‘s Purple Suit With the Matching Gators Remix)
11 Get Enough Pt. 2 [ft. Khrysis]
12 Before the Night Is Over
13 24 [ft. Torae]