Phonte | Red Bull Music Academy

Phonte Lecture (Melbourne 2006) | Red Bull Music Academy

Hailing from Durham, North Carolina Little Brother heralded a new wave of early 2000s rap acts with a clear debt to the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy and De La Soul whom they saw as big brothers to their own musical aspirations. Composed of producer 9th Wonder and rappers Big Pooh and Phonte, the group’s 2003 debut album, The Listening, instantly put them on the map just as a different kind of Southern hip-hop sound was rising to dominance. Soon after the group moved from the independent ABB Records to Atlantic where they released The Minstrel Show, continuing the critical acclaim but falling foul of commercial expectations.

In this lecture at the 2006 Red Bull Music Academy, Phonte talks about how the group stood out like a sore thumb in their local scene, breaking through on the Internet with famous fans such as The Roots and Pete Rock and the dangers of making it and believing your own hype.

TOPICS:
1:51 – North Carolina
6:09 – Early buzz
20:24 – The Minstrel Show
39:40 – Singing and sanging
44:33 – Alter ego
58:52 – Payola

MUSIC:
30:30 – Little Brother – “Speed” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1e1w…
31:55 – Little Brother – “Whatever You Say” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSVUP…
38:16 – Foreign Exchange – “Nic’s Groove” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy2Rj…
38:52 – Zo! & Tigallo – “Steppin’ Out 08” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4gic…
44:48 – Little Brother – “Make Me Hot” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYHFQ…
45:57 – Little Brother – “Cheatin’” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8Hlt…
1:10:00 – Billy Ocean – “Night (Feel Like Getting Down)” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZAIy…
1:10:45 – Fat Freddy’s Drop – “Flashback” (Jazzanova’s Breathe Easy Mix) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kVcx…
1:11:26 – Jukka Eskola – “1974” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh_oH…
1:12:09 – Project Pat – “Chicken Head” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnT15…
1:16:12 – The Free Design – “Light My Fire” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAeki…
1:17:10 – Omarion – “Entourage” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEPp4…

The Red Bull Music Academy is a global music institution committed to fostering creativity in music. We celebrate music, its culture, and the transformative minds behind it. Begun in 1998, the Academy has taken the core principles that underlie its annual workshop for selected participants and applied this curatorial approach to events, lectures, and city-wide festivals throughout the year.

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