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Rhino Hi-Five: Brand Nubian - EP

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Brand Nubian has experienced so many phases and lineup changes that it's nearly impossible to summarize their career in five songs, and yet this edition of the Rhino Hi-Five series captures the group’s essence. With two songs each from the trio’s first two classic albums and one song (“Word Is Bond”) from 1994’s underrated Everything Is Everything, the collection touches a lot of bases in a short time. The band’s early years are represented by “Wake Up,” a subversive party jam, and “Slow Down,” with an unlikely Edie Brickell sample that affirms the group’s unique musicality. “Love Me or Leave Me Alone” is a reminder that the Nubians were never properly acknowledged for their wealth of relationship songs. Their legacy is more tied to the uproar of “Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down,” a still-potent cocktail of funk and malevolence. Brand Nubian was many things to many people at different points in time, but these five songs translate their enduring qualities: swagger, knowledge, and ingenuity.

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Love me or leave me alone

This reminds of high school . Loved this song.

love me or leave me alone

This song is so 90's love this era in hip hop....

Punks Jump Up

If it helps anyone out there, this version is actually the remix which was used in the music video at the time. It was hot then and still hot today.


Formed: 1989 in New Rochelle, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Five Percent Nation of Islam was a popular inspiration for numerous thinking-man's rap groups during the early '90s, and Brand Nubian was arguably the finest of the more militant crop. Although they were strongly related to the Native Tongues posse in style and sound, they weren't technically members, and were less reserved about spotlighting their politics and religion. Their outspokenness led to controversy, on an even larger scale than similarly minded groups like the X-Clan or Poor Righteous...
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