Durham, North Carolina – For years, former North Carolina rap collective Little Brother has ranked highly on Hip Hop fans’ wishlists for “Groups That Should Reunite.”
And for years, all three members — Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh and producer 9th Wonder — have rejected said the idea, while still avoiding any bad blood on social media.
Seeing that there are no hard feelings since 2010’s official dissolution, the Grammy Award-winning producer checked his calendar and took his Twitter followers down memory lane on how LB came to be 20 years ago.
“August of 2018 marks the 20th of me meeting @phontigallo in Chidley Hall, on the campus of @NCCU (1998). I met @RapperBigPooh shortly after…After doing music off and on for the next few years, we formed Little Brother out of a collective called “Justus League,” he began.
“As a trio, we then went on to record 2 studio albums, & 3 mixtapes. During and after LB, I produced for the likes of Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child, @maryjblige, @fatbellybella, @Buckshot, @Murs, @missjillscott, @AndersonPaak, @rapsody and @kendricklamar, while starting @JamlaRecords.”
In 2003, the group earned stripes outside of major label marketing with their debut album, The Listening before going on to release 2005’s The Minstrel Show and 2007’s Getback. In 2010, Leftback came out as their final project.
As fate would have it, 9th would eventually wind back up at that very same North Carolina Central University campus that built the dream, for which he also shared his vision.
“I started teaching at @NCCU from 2006-2009, then again in 2014 to the present, teaching hundreds of students about not only the history of Hip-Hop, but the history of themselves; finding the synergy between the message of hip-hop and the culture of the message in the diaspora,” he continued.
“With the help of @NCCU’s administration, @NCCUHistory, and NCCU’s Music Dept, I want to curate a place on campus that leans towards the connection of jazz & hip-hop using technology and archival research, and, to also give back to the place that birthed LB.”
“I want to name the space, ‘The Donald Byrd Center of Jazz & Hip-Hop Improvisation’,” he added. “Complete with DAW’s with turntables, computers, mixers, etc. I also envision the works of Ernie Barnes on the walls of the center, and an extensive jazz and soul vinyl collection.”
Check out 9th Wonder’s full tweet thread down below.