Little Brother’s 1st Music Video In Nearly A Decade Celebrates Their Magical Reunion
Little Brother delighted fans this week with a surprise album. Giving people less than 24 hours notice, Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh delivered May The Lord Watch on Tuesday (August 20). It marked the first L.B. project since 2010, and the group’s fifth LP featured the blessing of founding third member 9th Wonder.
M.T.L.W. marks an award tour for ‘Te and Pooh, as well as the group’s story. The collection of 10 songs is mortared by a series of interludes that features Questlove, Joe Scudda, and Peter Rosenberg, among others. Callbacks to The Minstrel Show‘s UBN (the group’s spoof of defunct network UPN) and affiliate “Percy Miracles” calls back to the mid-2000s where this group earned cult status among Hip-Hop Heads. At the end of an exciting week, the first video from the LP, for the song “Black Magic (Make It Better)” ices the cake.
The straightforward video shows the love that Pooh and Phonte have for one another. It also captures the celebratory vibe. “Black skin, Black faces, Black people make black magic / So pay me every f*ckin’ dime, and add taxes,” Phonte spits in the opening verse. Keeping the monetary symbolism, Pooh follows, “You really self-made or is you CashApp’in? / Doin’ everything you can to make the cash happen? / These new ni**as do a whole lotta back-slappin’ / See you win without they help, then they golf clappin’.” Both the synergy and those trademark cutting bars are in a great place after a decade away. Notably, the LP’s first video (and the group’s first music video ever shot in Durham, North Carolina) is dedicated to the late Percy.
“Black Magic (Make It Better)” is produced by Focus…, the longtime Aftermath Entertainment staff producer who partnered with Pooh on 2018’s RPM album.