Brand Nubian

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Brand Nubian is an alternative hip hop crew from New York City. Grand Puba, Sadat X, DJ Alamo and Lord Jamar formed the group in 1989 (see 1989 in music) and soon signed to Elektra Records for the release of All for One in 1990 (see 1990 in music). Generally acclaimed, the album drew fire for militant rhetoric on tracks like "Drop the Bomb"; the controversy helped sales, though the album was still not a great commercial success. Soon after its release, Grand Puba, the crew's leader, left and took DJ Alamo with him, while Jamar and Sadat added DJ Sincere for In God We Trust (1993, 1993 in music), which sold moderately well and was also controversial for its alleged homophobic content. The group's controversy grew with the release of Everything Is Everything (1994, 1994 in music), which contained even more examples of what a growing number of critics labelled "hate speech". They soon broke up and launched solo careers in music and television. The original members reunited in 1998 (see 1998 in music) and released Foundation to glowing reviews. The group members continued their individual pursuits, but reunited in 2004 to release Fire In The Hole.

Self-tributed song

Brand Nubian had a self-tribute song called "Brand Nubian". This song interpolated a small fragment of Flashlight by George Clinton (both lyrically and beatwise) and the beat of another song.

This song was played in the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto:San Andreas.

Discography

  • 1990 One For All
  • 1993 In God we Trust
  • 1994 Everything is Everything
  • 1998 Foundation
  • 2004 Fire in the Hole
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