Little Brother: By Any Other NameJune 26, 2007 at 4:14 pm | Posted in Interviews | Leave a comment
Tuesday, 26 June 2007
Little Brother, as a group, is the closest to a living question as the world has ever seen. Are they from the south or east coast? Are they ever going commercial? Is 9th Wonder still cool with the group? The Durham, North Carolinians have an answer finally—shut up and enjoy the music. With their newest album Getback coming soon, Big Pooh took a break from their mega-busy touring schedule to talk about what’s going on with the group right now and more. Oh, and for the record, no, there aren’t any questions about 9th. Still there? Read on, you’ll be glad you did.
Q. Pooh, what’s popular, homie? We’re going to jump right into the thick of things. LB has so much interaction with the fans, unlike the majority of the artists in hip hop. Why do you think that is so important?
A. We wanted to create a kinship with our fans, because, at the end of the day there are about a million different rappers that they could spend their hard-earned money on and just come home with a record. We think that if the people got to know us—not the “rap” us but the real us, they would see that we’re not some jewelry clad over oiled up nursery rhymers trying to sell them on beats and hooks. We like to give something that will stick to their ribs and their hearts. We’ve got a segment we do on Myspace called “Real Rap with Little Brother”. There’s going to be more of them, but we’ve just been a little lazy lately. We’ll have some showing us traveling over in the U.S., probably get a couple while we’re in the studio and whatnot. Really we just wanted to put this out there to the fans so that they’ll be like, “They’re just like me!” It’s another way to connect with people.
Q. Chris “Play” Martin (of Kid N’ Play fame) was quoted as saying that the gangs in Durham could easily rival that of a Los Angeles or a Brooklyn. What do you think?
A. It can. It most definitely can because most people get it misconstrued because they’re thinking, “It ain’t no hard n*ggas or projects down here in the south.” That gang culture is everywhere, they got gangs here, they got projects here, and everything that is anywhere else is here. Its parts of town where you know, you go down there and they know you don’t have any business down there, you’re going to have a problem. It’s very much like any city in America and you can’t get away from it. It’s very few cities that don’t have any impoverished areas. Durham falls into the category of a city like any other.
Q. Props on the song from the soundtrack on that DVD Little Brother had featuring Big Daddy Kane. What was the event like?
A. Thanks, man that was the guys who put the movie together hooked that up. That was something that we enjoyed doing and 1. that was for the city in which we all reside and 2. it was a chance to work with a legend, someone that we looked up to, Big Daddy Kane. We actually had to re shoot because something happened to the footage on the first one. During the first go around, it was exactly how it looked: a big party, a cookout. They had meat on the grill and a DJ spinning, people playing basketball, it was good. Remember that scene in “Menace 2 Society” when they were out there grilling and dude got the girl’s phone number? That was what it was. When he had to redo it, we just ran through the same scenes in different locations. It was hard to recreate that mood, but we did it. The city of Durham was out.
Q. What do you think is Little Brother’s niche? How do they fit in the current state of hip hop?
A. I think we on the line between what people consider underground and what people consider commercial. I truly believe our music works in either group that you want to put it in. We just haven’t been afforded the opportunity to branch out there like that. It’s crazy because it’s like, no matter what walk of life someone’s from, whether they’re a d-boy or a doctor or a single mother, when they hear our music for the first time, very few people say, “Oh, this is whack.” What they usually say is, “Yo, that’s some real sh*t right there.” Our music, I think, because it hasn’t really been played on the radio, and our videos refused on that one station, we haven’t had that outlet for our music to really get out there and give people a sense of what we’re all about. If all you do is read what some critic says or read some review about Little Brother, you would believe we’re some underground group that’s talking about saving the Earth when that isn’t who we are. We aim to make real music, real records. That’s it.
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