Rapper Big Pooh Defends Little Brother’s Collaboration With Lil Wayne

2007-09-30 - 8:00 AM - Lukas

Now a duo, Little Brother gets ready for the release of “Getback”.

The third album from the North Carolina group includes only Big Pooh and Phonte as producer 9th Wonder has decided to leave the band and embark on a solo path. Nonetheless, Big Pooh is convinced that the album is still “short on filler and straight to the point”. He also says that a reunion is not going to happen.

The album is coming out in October, correct?

The album is being released on October 23rd. It’s a definitive date. The delay was caused by people not moving at the pace they were supposed to be moving at. We, the artists, did everything we were supposed to do in the time frame we were given but that means nothing if the label isn’t sticking to that same time period.

Why does “Getback” include only 11 songs?

Less is more, especially in this day and time. Attention spans are short, and there is so much music out there that you are competing with. I don’t need 17 tracks to get my point across. That’s when you start filling your album with bullshit. Short albums normally are short on filler and get straight to the point. That’s what “Getback” does.

We had this guy out of Greensboro, NC come up with the logo. Phonte has been the contact for that so forgive me for not remembering his name but we just asked him to come up with something that could represent the new album and the „new“ Little Brother at the same time. He did an excellent job.

[If somebody says we’re selling out collaborating with Lil Wayne,] that’s their opinion. If me working with an artist I respect is selling out, then maybe I am. If trying to put together the best project I can come up with and working with a commercially successful artist is selling out, then maybe I am. At the end of the day, I can give a flying fuck!

“The Listening” introduced you to the world. “The Minstrel Show” made listeners think about its concept and topics. What should listeners get from “Getback”?

It’s a combo of both albums in theory – reintroducing Little Brother now that we are no longer a trio but a duo. People already ask us about a possible reunion, but that’s not going to happen. That chapter in all of our lives is over.

The topics that we speak on will still have you going back listening again, talking about, and relating to. We just did it in a fresh new way, updating the formula.

How did you feel about the controversy surrounding “The Minstrel Show” – from BET banning “Lovin’ It” to The Source changing the album rating?

There is nothing on BET for me. Their programming isn’t created with my demographic in mind. I learned with the Source issue about how political the magazine game is. The music world is just as political as the political world for real. It’s so much going on that the average fan is oblivious to. It’s crazy.

Within a week, you and Phonte announced that 9th was leaving the group and that you’re not on Atlantic anymore. Did you expect the attention this was going to attract?

Of course, that’s what people do – ask questions and speculate. The announcements came in the same week but each situation was developing behind the scenes for a while. With 9th having the bigger name in the group, the natural reaction was to question me and Tay’s worth to the group. Real fans and people who did their research knew that we were all contributing to Little Brother’s success equally and that we were going to be good on our own.

Would you sign to a major label again?

They would have to promise me to give me my own label. I would have to be able to release music when I’m ready. Last but not least, I would need just a stupid amount of money to make the bullshit the label is about to put me through worth it. So I guess I won’t be signing to any majors anytime soon (laughs).

How is your next solo album “Dirty Pretty Things” coming?

I have recorded probably about 14-15 songs so far. I actually want to record about five to ten more when I get off tour and pick out the best 12 or so joints for the record.

I hate my older songs. Hate them. I can’t really listen to them. I sound horrible. It seems like stuff I did four years ago was more like ten years ago.

The album is still scheduled for release early ‘08. My solo music is more beats and raps compared to a Little Brother record which is normally more soulful, more singing, and more musical. I lean toward edgier sounds, less singing, and just a harder sound all around. You get me 100 percent.

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