“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
Every Thursday here on Quitetrillworldwide we are doing a throwback Thursday. We will pick a jam from the past in any genre and give you some info that you may not have known before about that artist.
Brand Nubian hails from New Rochelle, New York, the group consists of three emcees: Grand Puba (formerly Grand Puba Maxwell, born Maxwell Dixon), Sadat X (formerly Derek X, born Derek Murphy) and Lord Jamar (born Lorenzo Dechalus), and two DJs: DJ Alamo and DJ Sincere. Brand Nubian is one of the dopest rap groups from 1990s. Brand Nubian was known for socially conscious and political content inspired by the teachings of the Nation of Gods and Earths mixed with knowledge of the street and the hood.
If you are under 30 and you are reading this, you probably could not remember a time when positive hip hop was equal to or more prevalent than negative hip hop. A time before gangster rap, during this time even your “gangster” rappers had a bit of positivity in their songs. It was a great time in hip hop because of the balance, for every hustler there was a pan African rapper, for every gangster there was a emcee repping the struggle against police brutality, for every pimp there was a song uplifting black women.
One thing that always plagued “conscience or positive rap” is that most of it wasn’t jamming, the focus was on the message not the quality of the music. Another thing was that some of it got a bit too preachy at times or too critical of the same people it’s trying to uplift. The key to the effectiveness of positive hip hop is finding that balance between dropping knowledge and making it sound good. Brand Nubian is one of the few groups to do this, the Gangstas and the Gods both jammed Brand Nubian.
- Released: December 4, 1990
- Billboard 200 chart position: #130
- R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #34
- Released: February 2, 1993
- Billboard 200 chart position: #12
- R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #4
- Released: November 1, 1994
- Billboard 200 chart position: #54
- R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #13
- Released: September 29, 1998
- Billboard 200 chart position: #59
- R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #12