Very Best of Brand Nubian

The Very Best of Brand Nubian

by Brand Nubian
     
 
Politically controversial in their time, Brand Nubian doesn't sound like the dangerous, Afrocentric militants they were originally made out to be in some quarters. Maybe it's because their jazzy, post-Native Tongues music is so ingratiating; maybe it's because Grand Puba has such a playful, easygoing presence on the mic; maybe it's just

Overview

Politically controversial in their time, Brand Nubian doesn't sound like the dangerous, Afrocentric militants they were originally made out to be in some quarters. Maybe it's because their jazzy, post-Native Tongues music is so ingratiating; maybe it's because Grand Puba has such a playful, easygoing presence on the mic; maybe it's just that, in the new millennium, politics are no longer the way rap groups ruffle feathers. Whatever the case, Rhino's The Very Best of Brand Nubian is an essential summation of the uncompromisingly pro-black, often very positive group's career. Grand Puba, clearly their most inventive lyricist, departed after their excellent debut, One for All, and was definitely missed on subsequent albums. So instead of trying to balance the picture, the compilation wisely leans heavily on One for All, from whence come seven of the 16 tracks (eight if you count the Pete Rock remix of "Slow Down"). We also get two Grand Puba solo singles and one track from the group's latter-day reunion with Puba, "Don't Let It Go to Your Head." That leaves three tracks from In God We Trust, just one from the coolly received Everything Is Everything, and another hard-to-find remix (of "Punks Jump up to Get Beat Down"). One could make the case that "Step to the Rear" and "Who Can Get Busy Like This Man" should also have made the cut from the debut, instead of the two remixes, but then again, there had to be a decent reason to buy this comp, even if all the post-One for All material included here is worth rescuing. As for the group's politics, the "white devil" fixation on "Drop the Bomb" and "Wake Up (Reprise in the Sunshine)" can sound paranoid to non-believers. But really, it shouldn't detract from the group's numerous strengths, which make The Very Best of Brand Nubian an extremely high-quality listen.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2001
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0081227435820
catalogNumber:
74358

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brand Nubian   Primary Artist
Grand Puba   Track Performer
Dwayne Banks   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Brand Nubian   Arranger,Producer
Lee Anthony   Engineer
Diamond D   Producer,Remixing
Rob Sutton   Engineer
Sadat   Producer
Jamar   Producer
John Gamble   Producer,Engineer
Geeby Dajani   Producer
Dave Kennedy   Engineer
Mark Seliger   Cover Photo
Dante Ross   Producer
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
Lori Carfora   Art Direction
Shawn Amos   Editorial Coordinator
Grand Puba Maxwell   Producer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >