The Listening by Little Brother
Little Brother, a North Carolina-based hip-hop group composed of members Phonte, Big Pooh, and producer 9th Wonder, released their debut studio album, "The Listening," in 2003. The group gained recognition for their soulful production, introspective lyrics, and nostalgic sound, reminiscent of the golden era of hip-hop. "The Listening" served as a love letter to classic hip-hop, with Little Brother paying homage to their influences while carving out their own unique style. The album was a breath of fresh air in an era dominated by commercial rap, offering a return to the art of lyricism and thoughtful storytelling. With its jazzy beats, witty wordplay, and honest reflections on life and the music industry, "The Listening" became a cult classic and cemented Little Brother's status as underground rap darlings. The album captured the essence of '90s boom-bap and conscious rap, evoking comparisons to groups like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. It transported listeners to a nostalgic era while infusing it with Little Brother's modern perspective.
Top Songs: "The Listening," "Speed," and "Whatever You Say."
Most Impressive Lyric: "Dropping 'em off of all makers Wit yo' whole team in ambulances We building more beef than cattle ranchesAgainst the snowstorms and avalanches" - So Fabulous