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Little Brother Biography

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Birth Place: Durham, North Carolina, United States
Years Active: 2002 - 2010
Genres: Hip Hop

Little Brother was a hip-hop group from Durham, North Carolina that consisted of rappers Phonte (Phonte Coleman), Big Pooh (Thomas Jones), and DJ/producer 9th Wonder (Pat Douthit). The group put out four studio albums and six mixtapes during their nine-year run. The trio met while in college in 1998 and began to perform locally and on college campus. The group also became members of the North Carolina alternative hip-hop collective, Justus League.

Little Brother’s first single, “Speed,” arrived in 2001 and created a local underground buzz, which lead to a signing with the independent record label ABB Records. 2002 saw the release of the 7-inch single, “Atari 2600.” Their debut album, “The Listening” emerged in 2003. National recognition for the group, and particularly 9th Wonder, came when Jay-Z tapped 9th Wonder for the song “Threat,” from his 2003 eighth studio album “The Black Album.” In support of their album, the group embarked on a national tour with the hip-hop collective, Hieroglyphics.

Little Brother's second album, “The Minstrel Show,” appeared in 2005 and gained the group some national attention. “The Minstrel Show” debuted at #56 on the Billboard 200 Albums charts. It featured the singles, "Lovin' it,” “Say It Again” and “Slow It Down.”

9th Wonder parted ways with the group in early 2007, at the same time Little Brother left Atlantic Records. Their third album, “Getback,” featured production from 9th Wonder on one track and the album peaked at #89 on the Billboard 200. The record featured a guest appearance by Lil Wayne.

Following the release of “Getback,” in mid-2008, Little Brother officially released their 2007 mixtape “...And Justus For All” with DJ Mick Boogie taking over production duties for the departed 9th Wonder. The mixtape was released through the Hall of Justus collective with Little Brother controlling the project.

Little Brother's final studio album, “Leftback,” arrived in 2010 before the group finally disbanded. The album featured a stable of guest artists and debuted at #128 on the Billboard 200.