After releasing Brand Nubian
's last album, 2004's Fire In The Hole
, and Lord Jamar
's [click to read
] 2006 solo debut, The 5 Percent Album
[click to read
], New York's Babygrande Records
will play home to group front-man Grand Puba
, for the emcee's fourth album, Retroactive
The New Rochelle, New York veteran emcee began his career as a member of Masters Of Ceremony
, before finding great success for 15 years alongside Sadat X
and DJ Alamo
as Brand Nubian
. The quartet supplied Hip Hop fans with such hits as "Slow Down" and "Step To The Rear," as well as seminal abrasive classic "Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down" and evocative single "Love Me Or Leave Me Alone."
Grand Puba Maxwell
was one of the first emcees, along with Scarface
, to chase solo success while existing in a thriving group. His 1992 album Reel To Reel
was acclaimed, while 1995's Jazz and Philadelphia Soul-inspired 2000
prompted the hit "I Like It." Eight years ago, Puba
released Understand This, and has remained relatively quiet in the years since.
In 2005, Puba
did make two major label appearances on both Missy Elliot
's The Cookbook and Beanie Sigel
's The B. Coming albums.
's CEO Chuck Wilson
said, "Grand Puba is the father to so many styles in hip-hop. Its good to have him back--the game needs him. We have a great relationship with Brand Nubian and we had so much success with Lord Jamar's solo release in 2006 that it only makes sense to keep it in the family
No information was yet given for Retroactive
, but the release is promised for June 23.