The Minstrel Show [Clean Lyrics]

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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, 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. ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
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: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678383724
  • Catalog Number: 83837

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Welcome to the Minstrel Show (1:08)
  2. 2 Beautiful Morning (2:20)
  3. 3 The Becoming (1:52)
  4. 4 Not Enough - Darien Brockington (4:30)
  5. 5 Cheatin (3:43)
  6. 6 Hiding Place (3:24)
  7. 7 Slow It Down - Darien Brockington (4:19)
  8. 8 Say It Again (3:47)
  9. 9 5th and Fashion (Skit) (1:19)
  10. 10 Lovin' It - Joe Scudda (3:52)
  11. 11 All for You - Darien Brockington (4:40)
  12. 12 Watch Me (3:32)
  13. 13 Sincerely Yours (3:15)
  14. 14 Still Lives Through (3:24)
  15. 15 Minstrel Show Closing Theme (1:28)
  16. 16 We Got Now - Chaundon (4:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Little Brother Primary Artist
James Poyser Strings, Keyboards
Andrew Foster
James Lopez Bongos
9th Wonder Group Member
Percy Miracles Vocals, Vocal Ad-Libs
Darien Brockington Vocals
Chaundon Track Performer
Phonte Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Rapper Big Pooh Group Member
Pamela Graham Vocals
Ryan Jaskot
Mister Diggs Vocals
Technical Credits
R.C. Banks Composer
H. Cosby Composer
G. 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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