Sunday, July 19, 2009

One of the most recognizable rap groups from the Golden Era of hip-hop is Brand Nubian. Classic tracks like “Slow Down” and “Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down” amongst many others have solidified their legendary status in my book. Even though I like the BN group members Lord Jamar and Sadat X, my favorite was definitely Grand Puba a.k.a. Puba Maxwell. His effortless wordplay and catchy punch lines were always the highlight of any Brand Nubian track. Things kicked into lyrical overdrive when Puba dropped his first solo album “Reel To Reel” back in 1992, and then followed that up with his second joint “2000” in 1995. With all of the incredible hip-hop that was released during that time, I feel many rap fans overlooked Puba’s releases. He dropped his third album “Understand This” in 2001, but most folks totally slept on that joint.

It’s 2009 now, and Grand Puba is back with his fourth album “Retroactive” for all to hear. After listening to the album it’s obvious that he hasn’t lost a step lyrically. Even though he’s aged some over the years, his gift of gab still tops the average emcee out here rapping today. Guest features on the album include: Kid Capri, Rell, Q-Tip, Lord Jamar, Tiffini Davis, Talee, Sarah Martinez and Large Professor.

If you are still wondering if Puba Maxwell still has it, peep this freestyle clip:

Put ears on the album HERE!

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