Long overdue repress of Little Brother's 2005 concept album The Minstrel Show! Here's Monk's OG Lab review from when we carried the original pressing:
Although I think Dan Charnas nailed it on the head with his review of this record on his website (throw a dot com after his name and read it yourself), I'm not going to wring my hands over the fact that Lil' Bro seem incapable of writing an anthem or a track that has any kind of hope for non-rappacker popularity. They do what they do, wax introspective over low-res soul fillets, and haven't changed a thing on their major label debut. There are plenty of solid tracks that have rewind potential and lyrical depth ("Beautiful Morning," "Say It Again"), and 9th Wonder's production is all that it's cracked up to be ("Becoming," "We Got Now"). Slum Vill's Elzhi guests on "Hiding Place;" with predictable results. The album is tied together with a sort of Bamboozled-esque TV theme (a concept that fills the thick CD booklet), and the mock R&B interludes are actually kind of good, a welcome respite from Pooh and Phonte's world weary raps.
I'm gonna step back in here, cuz I'm not sure how anyone could write about this record without mentioning "Lovin It," "Not Enough," or "Slow Down," three of the absolute best tracks. 9th Wonder's soulful, knocking, sample-heavy beats, made entirely in Fruity Loops (a major faux pas in hip-hop circles at the time) were of paramount importance to me and my brokedick friends who couldn't afford an MPC. Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh maintain a satirical, borderline-cynical ("The biggest colored show on Earth!!") yet playful tone throughout ("I'll scoop you up in my Porsche, sike, you know I got a Nissan / that I'm still paying for, still got a lease on"). The original pressing has been trading for stupid ass prices for years now, so this repress is beyond crucial. Pressed on translucent gold / orange colored double vinyl, includes 4-page printed lyric insert. Recommended.
- translucent goldenrod colored vinyl
- double vinyl pressing
- includes 4-page printed insert
- limited edition
- music label: ABB 2018
reviewed by hannibal chew 01/2018
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