Rapper Big Pooh Releases A Phonte Collabo He Held For 7 Years & Explains Why (Audio)

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The saga of Little Brother appears to be a complicated one. 9th Wonder exited shortly after The Minstrel Show. He appeared on one song from The Getback. Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh carried on with the Justus League in tow. In the 2010s, Phonte and 9th worked together, and soon after, Pooh was the man on the outs for some time. All three men have gone on to make great music on their individual terms.

Today, Pooh releases a song that represents that tough time in his career and brotherhood with his MC partner. The song is not about the current condition of his relationship with Phonte. The 2010 tune was intended for Dirty Pretty Things. It’s what Pooh says about the song and his onetime band-mate that’s interesting. He’s honest about himself, technology, and how that period affected his career. Listen to “Seinfeld (Go Up),” then read Pooh’s statement below:

“It’s 2010 and I start really finding where I want to go sound wise for my next album and began penning to Swiff D joints. I knocked this one out quick, three short verses telling three separate stories. I needed a hook to make it all make sense, hence the title. It reminded me of the show Seinfeld, didn’t necessarily have to start at episode one, but all the episodes made sense in the grand scheme of the show. I hit Phonte for assistance. A couple of weeks go by and he shoots it back to me. I can’t stop playing this joint. I was doing solo shows and performing this joint, I just knew it was going to be the first single off of Dirty Pretty Things. I wanted people to get a sneak peak and be ready for when it did drop officially. The top of 2011 came and shit changed in a hurry. Little Brother is officially over and me and Tay not even on speaking terms. I put the blinders on and focused on finishing up my album. A few months go by and I get to the point of narrowing down what I have to what I plan to keep before the start of mixing. I come across this joint. Tay and I still aren’t speaking but, he gave me his blessing to still put the joint out with him on it. My ego and pride take over. I didn’t want people to say this joint was the best joint on the album because Tay was on it so I leave it on the cutting room floor. Album drops, my hard drive with this session on it crashes, and I begin my run of doing one-producer projects. Seven years has passed, Tay and I back rocking, and I never recovered the contents of that particular hard drive (I’m still pissed about that).”