Minstrel Show

Minstrel Show

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by Little Brother
     
 

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Few groups earn a major-label contract based on their producer's merits, but when Little Brother jumped to Atlantic for their second full album, The Minstrel Show, any cynic looking for a good reason would point to the increased profile of trackmaster 9th Wonder (Jay-Z, See more details below

Overview

Few groups earn a major-label contract based on their producer's merits, but when Little Brother jumped to Atlantic for their second full album, The Minstrel Show, any cynic looking for a good reason would point to the increased profile of trackmaster 9th Wonder (Jay-Z, Destiny's Child). But it wasn't just 9th Wonder that made Little Brother's first album one of the best underground rap debuts of the new millennium; rappers Phonte and Big Pooh matched a smooth Southern drawl with up-North smarts. Like their influences in the Native Tongues family, the trio cast a clever eye over music and culture, sniffing out hypocrisy and greed, then dismissing them with sparkling satires. The Minstrel Show presents more of the same, expanding the palette to a host of hot topics: R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet" series, which gets skewered by the spot-on "Cheatin"; exploitative urban TV stations (the album's main concept); and even the need for brand-name clothes ("5th and Fashion"). And any fans who feared that 9th Wonder's success would lead to a diluted or overly polished record have nothing to worry about; awash in '70s soul and mellow, slapping beats, his productions make the message tracks carry just as well as the humorous material. [The Minstrel Show also appeared in a clean version.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678383724
catalogNumber:
83837

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Little Brother   Primary Artist
James Poyser   Strings,Keyboards
Andrew Foster   Actor
James Lopez   Bongos
9th Wonder   Group Member
Percy Miracles   Vocals,Vocal Ad-Libs
Big Pooh   Group Member
Darien Brockington   Vocals
Chaundon   Track Performer
Phonte   Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Pamela Graham   Vocals
Ryan Jaskot   Actor
Mister Diggs   Vocals

Technical Credits

R.C. Banks   Composer
H. Cosby   Composer
Gene McFadden   Composer
J.R. Mitchell   Composer
J.A. Griffin   Composer
C. Shawn Tyson   Composer
Chris Athens   Mastering
A. Ingram   Composer
L. Wade   Composer
S. Sanders   Composer
DJ Jazzy Jeff   Cut
YahZarah   Composer
James Lopez   grooming,Prop Design
9th Wonder   Producer
Robert Gold   Art Direction
Phonte   Vocal Arrangements
Beni B.   Executive Producer
Greg Beckman   Art Direction
Mischa "Big Dho" Burgess   Executive Producer
Derek "Poetx" Jennings   Liner Notes
Piano Reeves   Producer

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