little brother the listening

The Listening is the debut album of North Carolina trio Little Brother. It was released in February 25, 2003 on ABB Records. The album became a surprise word-of-mouth sensation among underground rap fans, despite its lack of promotion, guest appearances, or extensive distribution. The album is entirely produced by 9th Wonder, expect "The Get-Up" (which he co-produced). As the main producer for the group, 9th Wonder's instrumentals consist of chopped and manipulated samples of old soul records, reminiscent of Pete Rock and DJ Premier. Complimenting the backdrops are MC's Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh with their tag-team wordplay and raps. On "Speed", they rap about the pressures of working a regular job while trying to survive in the rat race, while on "Make Me Hot", they make fun of people who hassle them for beats and studio time. They also do some uncanny impressions of old school era MC's on "So Fabulous" . The underlying theme of The Listening concerns the group's effort to engage their listeners on a deeper level, and their frustration at casual listeners who pay little attention to lyrics and content and simply want to hear a "hot song". The interludes are performed by the members of a fictional radio station called WJLR (Justus League Radio). On the last song, "The Listening", the group addresses the album's main theme directly: they abruptly stop the song, exchange dialogue, then restart. 1. Morning 0:00 2. Groupie Pt. 2 0:45 3. For You 3:44 4. Speed 6:47 5. Whatever You Say 10:46 Big Dho Radio Interlude 14:41 6. Make Me Hot 16:13 7. The Yo-Yo 17:50 Skeeter Mack Radio Interlude 21:04 8. Shorty On The Lookout (ft. Median) 21:25 Shorty's Reprise 25:49 9. Love Joint Revisited 26:50 Uncle Pauly Radio Interlude 30:16 10. So Fabulous 31:16 One Time 4 Ya Mind Interlude 35:28 11. The Way You Do It 36:00 The Way You Do It Reprise 39:55 12. Roy Lee, Producer Extraordinaire 40:31 13. The Getup (prod. by Eccentric and co-prod. by 9th Wonder) 41:30 Away From Me Prelude 44:48 14. Away From Me 45:12 Nobody But You Prelude 49:45 15. Nobody But You (ft. Keisha Shontelle) 50:11 16. Home 53:15 King Paul Radio Skit 55:20 17. Nighttime Maneuvers 56:02 The Listening Prelude 58:39 18. The Listening 59:05 Good Night 1:04:15

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