Little Brother’s Back! O.K., Not Really But Listen To This Unreleased Track:
It would truly be a momentous occasion if Little Brother ever decided to reunite. While it doesn’t look like that will happen in the near future, LB fans can thank Rapper Big Pooh for providing them with the closest thing to a reunion.
Pooh decided to unleash a hidden gem from the vaults in the form of a Phonte collaboration titled “Seinfeld (Go Up)” produced by Swiff D.
“I heard Swiff D’s work for the first time when I got put up on to Pac Div,” Pooh wrote on SoundCloud. “I became a fan instantly. I reached out and got some joints from him because I like to work with dope, upcoming, talented, and just cool ass people. It’s 2010 and I start really finding where I want to go sound wise for my next album and began penning to Swiff D joints. I knocked this one out quick, three short verses telling three separate stories. I needed a hook to make it all make sense, hence the title. It reminded me of the show Seinfeld, didn’t necessarily have to start at episode one, but all the episodes made sense in the grand scheme of the show. I hit Phonte for assistance. A couple of weeks go by and he shoots it back to me. I can’t stop playing this joint. I was doing solo shows and performing this joint, I just knew it was going to be the first single off of Dirty Pretty Things. I wanted people to get a sneak peak and be ready for when it did drop officially.”
Unfortunately, the relationship between Phonte and Pooh went sour. As a result, the track did not appear on the latter’s LP.
“The top of 2011 came and shit changed in a hurry,” Pooh continued. “Little Brother is officially over and me and Tay not even on speaking terms. I put the blinders on and focused on finishing up my album. A few months go by and I get to the point of narrowing down what I have to what I plan to keep before the start of mixing. I come across this joint. Tay and I still aren’t speaking but, he gave me his blessing to still put the joint out with him on it. My ego and pride take over. I didn’t want people to say this joint was the best joint on the album because Tay was on it so I leave it on the cutting room floor. Album drops, my hard drive with this session on it crashes, and I begin my run of doing one producer projects.”
Thankfully, things are better now and the world can finally hear “Seinfeld (Go Up)” in all its glory.
Back-N-The-Daze: For those who started bumping Hip Hop this morning, Little Brother was a trio that included Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder (the guy who made the last beat(s) on Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., kids).
“Seven years has passed, Tay and I back rocking, and I never recovered the contents of that particular hard drive (I’m still pissed about that),” the veteran MC noted. “So here it is, in its unmixed, unmastered, unreleased form.”
Listen to the quasi-Little Brother reunion track above.