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Foundation

Foundation

by Brand Nubian
     
 

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Foundation, the first album since Brand Nubian's 1990 debut to feature all four original members, is an incredible return to form. The rhymes by Grand Puba, Sadat X, and Lord Jamar are as striking as they were on the group's breakout, and the focus on message tracks is a refreshing

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Foundation, the first album since Brand Nubian's 1990 debut to feature all four original members, is an incredible return to form. The rhymes by Grand Puba, Sadat X, and Lord Jamar are as striking as they were on the group's breakout, and the focus on message tracks is a refreshing turn from the rap world's played-out tales of thug life. "Don't Let It Go to Your Head" is a cautionary tale for arrogant one-hit rappers, while "Probable Cause" is a scathing attack on the notorious tactics of the New Jersey State Police and "I'm Black and I'm Proud" is an enjoyable roots epic. There are plenty of simple feel-good tracks as well, although those omnipresent Wu-Tang strings appear on several songs (just as on every other major rap album released in 1998). The group ably manages to sidestep another late-'90s rap cliché, enlisting a different outside producer for each track. Though Foundation is no different -- featuring DJ Premiere, Lord Finesse, and Chris "CL" Liggio, among others -- most of the best tracks were helmed by Nubian members Grand Puba or DJ Alamo. Of the few N.Y.C. rap acts still left a decade on from rap's golden age, Brand Nubian sound the freshest.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/29/1998
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0078221902427
catalogNumber:
19024

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brand Nubian   Primary Artist
Rebbie Jackson   Vocals
Busta Rhymes   Track Performer
Petawane   Vocals
Common   Track Performer
Thomas Bart   Keyboards
Brooklyn Starr   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Brand Nubian   Programming,Executive Producer
Alamo   Programming,Producer
Grand Puba   Programming,Producer
Diamond D   Programming,Producer
DJ Premier   Producer
Jeff Dixon   Executive Producer
Finesse   Programming,Producer
Eddie Sancho   Engineer
Buck Wild   Programming,Producer
Kirk Yano   Engineer
DJ Alamo   Programming,Producer
Bill Importico   Engineer
Dexter Thibou   Engineer
Thom Leinbach   Engineer
Anthony Harrison   Artwork,Art Direction
Jim Albert   Engineer
Brian Garten   Engineer
Artese Williams   Engineer
Fred Hedemark   Engineer
Jason Stasium   Engineer
Drew Dixon   Executive Producer
Adeka "Dee" Stupart   Producer
Dave Hyman   Engineer

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