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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/1998
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 078221902441
  • Catalog Number: 19024

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Here We Go (0:22)
  2. 2 The Return (4:00)
  3. 3 Shinin' Star (3:40)
  4. 4 The Beat Change (2:26)
  5. 5 Migraine (Interlude) (0:24)
  6. 6 Don't Let It Go to Your Head (4:04)
  7. 7 Brand Nubian (4:01)
  8. 8 Maybe One Day (4:41)
  9. 9 Let's Dance (4:06)
  10. 10 Back up off the Wall - Loon (4:10)
  11. 11 Black on Black Crime (Interlude) (0:48)
  12. 12 I'm Black and I'm Proud (3:17)
  13. 13 Sincerely (3:50)
  14. 14 Probable Cause (5:13)
  15. 15 The Ghetto (Interlude) (0:41)
  16. 16 Love Vs. Hate (4:31)
  17. 17 Too Late (4:45)
  18. 18 Straight Outta Now Rule (4:39)
  19. 19 Foundation (3:52)
  20. 20 U for Me (4:18)
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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
Lord Finesse Programming, Producer
Eddie Sancho Engineer
Buck Wild Programming, Producer
Kirk Yano Engineer
DJ Alamo Programming, Producer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Bill Importico Engineer
Dexter Thibou Engineer
Thom Leinbach Engineer
Anthony Harrison Jr. 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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