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  • Audio CD (March 18, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Abb Records
  • ASIN: B000089CGF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,578 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Somewhere between the jazzy, feel-good grooves of A Tribe Called Quest and the yin-yang chemistry of Outkast lies Little Brother. The Durham, NC trio make music that brilliantly splits the line between art and commercialism, all while maintaining their fun-loving hip-hop purist stance. The group's members; MC's Phonte and Big Pooh, along with DJ/producer 9th Wonder met in 1998 while attending North Carolina Central University. Within a few short months of recording, the trio had gathered enough songs to grab the attention of local music lovers, radio DJ's, and club promoters. The group received frequent spins on college radio. They regularly headlined at local venues and opened for national acts such as Tha Liks and Defari. When the group made its music available for download on the Internet, a substantial buzz built far outside of North Carolina, and it eventually earned them a deal with the Oakland-based ABB Records in 2002. In early 2003, Little Brother released its full-length debut, The Listening, which won widespread critical praise.

Customer Reviews

For those seeking great production and good lyrics, get this album.
Peter C. Carpio
I cannot stress enough how EVERYONE needs to find and buy this album.
Amazon Customer
I just cop this CD over a year ago and it's still in heavy rotation.
Steve Quinones-Knowland

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter C. Carpio on December 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
For a minute, I slept on this. But until I got Nas - God's stepson ( 9th Wonder remixes ), I had to hear this. And this is way better. From beginning to end, Little Brother just holds it down. And they from North Carolina. The last place I would think real hip hop would come from. 9th Wonder's beats are amazing. Similar to Pete Rock but with his own twist. Mc's Phonte and Big Pooh are good as well. They definately deserve to rap over beats like these. I would name the good songs on this great album but I would be mentioning basically the whole tracklist, my favs are WHATEVER YOU SAY, SHORTY ON THE LOOKOUT, AWAY FROM ME, NIGHTTIME MANEUVERS, THE LISTENING, and my fav FOR YOU ( which I nominate to be beat of the year ). This album is almost too good. And no, they are not like A Tribe Called Quest. They are just Little Brother. For those seeking great production and good lyrics, get this album. You won't be sorry. Just wait for the sophomore album. That will be bangin' too.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Santore on March 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Wow. This is an amzing CD. It's what I have been waiting for. With the state of hip hop lately being in the gutter, this is a breath of fresh air. Little Brother is the future. The whole album is great from beginning to end. Their style reminds me of a throwback to the early 90's, similar to A Tribe Called Quest, but definitely different in their own right. MC's Big Pooh and Phonte have great lyrical talent. They rip the mic on every track, and actually have something worthwhile to say. And the production from 9th Wonder is on point. He knows how to sample records. Some of my favorite tracks are "For You," "Whatever You Say," "The Get Up," "Speed," and the title track, "The Listening," where they sample the classic "They Reminisce Over You" by Pete Rock and CL Smooth. But there isn't a bad track. This is one of the best albums to come out in a while, and is a definite classic in my book. Get this album and support this outstanding new group from North Carolina. NOW.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cuzz on October 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
we all remember the great Native Tongue and Alt-Rap groups of the early 90's like A Tribe, J-Beez, De La Soul, Black Sheep, The Pharcyde, Da Bush Babees, Arrested Development, Common Sense the list goes on. Now we all loved those groups but somewhere after Dr. Dre came on the scene those groups became a lot less kool to the public eye. We also remember when they made a comeback with the likes Mos Def & Talib Kweli and The Roots & Common's new found popularity but there really hadn't been any fresh faces in that realm for awhile. That is until Little Brother decided to change that. Producer 9th Wonder and MC's Phonte & Big Pooh formed Little Brother using that name to describe themselves as the "little brothers" of those groups like De La Soul & A Tribe Called Quest. In a sense they are, 9th Wonder uses similar production angle to Jay Dee or Pete Rock or Prince Paul, soulful, sometimes laid back and usually full of energy, and Phonte & Big Pooh have solid but not outstanding deliveries but tight lyrics that are often witty and sometimes insightful like those of Q-Tip or Posdnuos. Most people are quick to hail this album giving it a four star amazing review for the beat and lyrics alone or hailing it a surefire classic which I find a bit suspect. 9th Wonder builds a myriad of grooves for you to sit back and vibe with, using colourful samples of both music and vocals to set a delightful jazz mood to the proceedings, and with an album entitled "The Listening" you've got to make sure things are nice to listen to.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve Quinones-Knowland on April 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In the words of DJ Premier, "The underground is like roaches, it will never die". This album is a breath of fresh air. These cats bringing the REAL HIP-HOP. I had to cop the album after hearing about Little Brother's producer, 9th Wonder, laying a track on Jay-Z's Black Album. This CD is hot! The beats on the album remind me of a mixture of A Tribe called Quest, Slum Village and Pete Rock/ CL Smooth. MCs Big Pooh and Phonte can rip the mic. I just cop this CD over a year ago and it's still in heavy rotation. This is the group to watch in the near future.

Best Track "For you" ( It's got a DJ Premier-like chopped loop)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I cannot stress enough how EVERYONE needs to find and buy this album. The last time I was this excited about a new hip hop artist was when I first heard The Roots....and before that, A Tribe Called Quest! These cats have single-handedly restored my faith in hip hop. "The Listening" is hip hop in it's purest essence....an album for the head, no experimentation, nothing like that. There's a great place for that, but it's almost like cats are ashamed to be hip hop now.

Little Brother is 9th Wonder, Big Pooh, and Phonte. 9th Wonder is the producer/dj, and Big Pooh and Phonte are the MCs. They are both nice, but Phonte has top 5 potential! This is one of those "no skip" albums, where you can listen to the whole thing straight through. Standout tracks include their love song "Whatever You Say," their thank you to the fans "The Way You Do It," the prophetically sad "The Listening," and the bittersweet "Away from Me"

BUY THIS ALBUM!!!!!
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