Little Brother- Get Back
November 21, 2007, 3:38 pm
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Pitchfork rating: Rating: 6.4

“The project’s essentialist nature is evident not only in the brevity of its composition (11 songs in under 50 minutes) but also its cast, one man short with the departure of the group’s producer and biggest name 9th Wonder (who does make a cameo return to handle “Breakin’ My Heart”). That leaves the sonics in the stead of a motley collection of beatmakers, most notably Talib Kweli collaborator Hi-Tek (who helms the languid, gently whirring “Step It Up”) and A-lister Nottz (the soulful, celebratory “Two Step Blues”). The man with the most credits (four), however, is relative unknown Illmind, who submits a mixed bag between the too-busy “Sirens” and the smoothly reflective “That Ain’t Love”, ultimately failing to make anyone forget even the modest legacy of 9th’s work with the group.

Still, this is undoubtedly Phonte and Pooh’s party, and all the fascination and frustration of Getback lies in listening to two MCs struggle to decide where they belong. Red-herring opener “Sirens” may be politically charged, but the record’s real headspace is set with the succeeding track, “Can’t Win For Losing”, in which Phonte rejects fans, family and scenes as sufficient motivations for enduring the hip-hop grind before embracing friend and mentor Jazzy Jeff’s trenchant advice of “fuck ’em, ‘Te, do it for you.””

-Joshua Love, Pitchfork Media

This review is pretty pretentious, as is all Pitchfork spin on hip hop…

Pick the album up if you haven’t yet:
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