One of Rap's best producers and best emcees reunite four years to the month and reportedly mend their rift as friends and men.
In January of 2007, North Carolina Hip Hop trio Little Brother hurt the hearts of fans when the group announced that producer/deejay 9th Wonder would be parting ways with emcees Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh. Having released two albums in the years since, January of 2011 saw a reconciliation between the group's unofficial leader and producer for two heralded albums.
Early this morning (January 2), Phonte revealed, via Twitter, that he and 9th are back on speaking terms, and provided fans with a picture.
I appreciate the love for me and @9thwondermusic, but us mending our rift had nothing to do with music and everything to do with manhood.
The good news came along with a caviat, the the two men are focusing on rebuilding their friendship before a musical reunion.
We may collaborate in time, but this is not the start of a LB reunion as neither of us have interest in doing so. Sorry to disappoint.
9th Wonder retweeted several of Phonte's statements to fans, but has yet to comment publicly. Rapper Big Pooh has also not commented publicly.
This mending comes after a 2010 year that saw the two state differences on Twitter and in viral video in April, over their last days working together. The last official collaboration between the parties was 2007's "Breakin' My Heart" on Little Brother's Get Back album.
In 2010, Little Brother released what was previously billed as their final album in Leftback. Additionally, Phonte and Nicolay (as Foreign Exchange) released Authenticity. 9th Wonder released Fornever with Murs, Death of A Pop Star with David Banner, and several compilations including 9th's Opus: It's A Wonderful World Music Group, Vol. 1.
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