Life of The Party
And Justus For All, 2007
North Carolina’s finest just put out what pretty much amounts to a new album for free download.
For those unfamiliar, Little Brother are a duo (they were a trio until very recently) from NC that have the underground classic The Listening (2002) and the Minstel Show (2005) to their credit. Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh are the remaining members and 9th Wonder is the recently departed group producer who quickly moved to making beats for hip hop’s commercial elite after the release of Little Brother’s first album.
The new mixtape And Justus For All is available for free download here and here. They made it in conjunction with Cleveland Cavaliers home game DJ, John Caroll University MBA degree earner, and prolific artist-hosted mixtape generator, Mick Boogie. I only poke a little fun because I’m from Cleveland and this guy has done more living in Cleveland than a ton of us who left because we found it too confining (he’s produced mixtapes hosted by Ghostface, Eminem, Common, Kanye West and many more).
Little Brother definitely have a very individual sense of humor that’s noteworthy. “Never Leave” (which is on the mix cd) is a perfect example. Phonte starts out saying “a lot of niggas think that Little Brother can’t do no street joint” and then proceeds into a whole verse seemingly about drug sales:
see the fiends lined up, tryin’a get that fix
anytime day or night they’ll scratch that itch
have you runnin’ to your mans like “this that sh-t!”
i know a lotta niggas gonna have to run this back like
“damn Te, when the f–k you start promotin’ crack?”
and it ain’t as bad as it might seem
i’m just shoutin’ out my niggas down at Krispy Kreme – now holla back! what?
Oh!! Krispy Kreme will never leave the streets nigga!
All the dough boys go crazy!
The of course there’s the song at hand which starts:
Girl, what do you mean you don’t recognize me?!
I’m only the biggest rap star in your apartment complex.
i’m the cow’s milk, i’m the bee’s knees
i’m the life of the party, you know you see me
and all my team in harmony like the Bee Gees
our name in bright lights like it’s 3D
people stop and stare, look what them boys got
we can’t afford Cris, frontin’ like we boycott
we on the same page, we all on one accord
little do they know we all came in one Accord
and them people get sad cause they think we should mad
at all them niggas with big money and big chains
but the way i see it, as long as i don’t blow
each and every year, i’ll be the next big thing
10 years later, nigga still on the verge
same gray nissan, sitting on the curb
i know, you would think that it be gettin’ on my nerves
but man, god damn, this feeling is superb
it’s giving me the urge to write this
even though i say it in jest, i’m not joking in fact
some niggas spend they lifetime trying to headline
but it’s so much better being your opening act
so to all of my almost famous halfway superstar niggas
we gon’ rock up there
we about to get it started, i’m the life of the party
you sheep ass niggas can shut the flock up – baaah!
This version is actually from digiwaxx.com (the remix is on the mix cd) and doesn’t have the somewhat unfortunate high-pitched “The Commissioner!” drop that Mick Boogie put multiple times in every song. I think it’s supposed to sound like a child but it doesn’t…and I would think that someone calling themselves “The Commissioner” would want someone to say their name with a little bass in their voice anyway. But that’s just me…(yes, still hating on my Cleveland brethren).
>> songs are available for two weeks [9.2 MB]