Produced by: A. Smith & Co. Productions.
Season 12, Episode 8
Scheduled airing time: April 15 2018. 21:00 EDT
TV One show description:
“Brand Nubian combined soulful samples and hip hop beats with socially conscious lyrics on Top 5 songs like “Wake Up” and “Slow Down”. But internal battles and controversy plagued the group. In this episode, Grand Puba, Lord Jamar and Sadat X keep it real about the rise and fall of Brand Nubian.”
‘Unsung’ is an 1 hour-long music documentary program that airs on TV One, highlighting R&B & Hip Hop artists & groups who had success, but are generally unappreciated by the masses. The show documents the background & rise to fame of the acts, as well as the behind the scenes issues that affected their careers. It usually ends with the current status of the profiled artist or group.
The show is in season 12 now & they’ve decided to honor the Hip Hop group from New Rochelle, New York ‘Brand Nubian’. The group comprises of three emcees: Grand Puba, Sadat X and Lord Jamar, and alternatingly, two DJs: DJ Alamo and DJ Sincere. There main vibe was political & socially conscious lyrics inspired by the teachings of Allah’s Five Percent (generally known to outsiders as The Nation Of Gods & Earths).
Brand Nubian began their music career in 1989 when they signed to Elektra Records, dropping their debut album ‘One For All’ in 1990. Internal problems saw Grand Puba leave to pursue a solo career, but Sadat & Jamar continued the group with the addition of Sincere as Alamo left with Puba. External problems came due to some of the group’s videos & lyrics and saw them accused of prejudice & homophobia.
The group reunited around 1997 & the rappers have all released numerous solo projects. Lord Jamar has found fame in acting, appearing in various tv series. He himself has become a controversial figure with his outspoken social commentary.
Brand Nubian still make regular live show appearances, but there’s been no indication that they’ll release any new music. Tonight’s documentary should cover most of the story & we’ll know whether it was always ‘One For All’, or not.
The premiere of ‘Unsung’: Brand Nubian is tonight @ 9pm, repeated later @ 11pm.
Visit the TV One website here
Five Spot Soul Food
459 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
5pm – 11pm EDT
To celebrate tonight’s ‘Unsung’ of Brand Nubian a premiere party is being held at Five Spot Soul Food restaurant & lounge. It’s located at 459 Myrtle Ave in Brooklyn & begins at 5pm until 11pm. To be hosted by Mic Hanz, the Music will be provided by DJ Alamo, Just Blaze & DJ Tahliem. Day party drinks specials will be available.
Visit the Five Spot Soul Food website here