Brand Nubian
One For All


4.5
superb

Review

by frigyourgenre USER (3 Reviews)
January 29th, 2016 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: slow dowwwnn

As hip-hop went into the final decade of the 20th Century, she was at a phase of positivity and teaching the world of the chosen people of Africa and the followers of Mohammed. Among the teachers of Afrocentricity and Islam were Brand Nubian, made up of Grand Puba Maxwell, Derek (Sadat) X, Lord Jamar, and DJ Alamo. Their teachings on their debut One For All moved the staff at The Source, and they were rewarded by being one of the first albums to get the coveted 5 mics. Let's get into the review. First, the MCs. Grand Puba kinda overshines Sadat and Jamar, but that's okay. After all, at this point Sadat and Jamar are newbies and Puba was with Masters of Ceremony a few years earlier. Needless to say, Puba is a great MC. His flow is unique and on another level. NO ONE raps like Grand Puba. Sadat and Jamar hold their own as well, although they sound nervous (actually, Sadat sounds very phlegmy as well). Lyrically, they all take somewhat different personas. Grand Puba is all about having fun (for the most part), Sadat X is the more militant Panther one, and Lord Jamar is the more knowledgable one that dresses in dashikis and beads. How about the beats? Disregard what I said about the beats in my earlier review. The samples used for these beats are astonishingly diverse, especially considering this came out in 1990! The beats are very funky throughout the album. Lyrically, One For All addressed all the expect Blackness and 5% subjects, but it doesn't take itself too seriously. Quite a few of the songs here are centered around getting girls in bed (Grand Puba of course). In a happy friendly way, One For All is quite promiscuous and hedonistic. It's kinda funny because right before Grand Puba drops MAD knowledge on "Wake Up", one of the backround dudes says "Man he don't know nuthin'. He all about hitting skins" lol. My only problem with this is that some of the songs in the middle of the album ain't that good at all. But One For All is still an enjoyable album, especially if you listen to it looking forward to Grand Puba rapping. I recommmend this to Afrocentric rap fans. I don't think non-fans will like this. I now see why this got five mics in The Source and I can't argue with that.


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frigyourgenre
January 29th 2016


4209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

slow downnnnnn

YetAnotherBrick
January 29th 2016


6691 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice extended soundoff. have a pos. can't believe this didn't have a review

claygurnz
January 29th 2016


6712 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I always watch Lord Jamar's videos on Vlad TV. Dude is hilarious, need to check this.

KILL
January 29th 2016


81238 Comments


is i'm the best

frigyourgenre
January 29th 2016


4209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sure

Ryus
January 29th 2016


26786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

can't believe this didn't have a review [2] classic shit

Digging: Bladee - Royal Mix

Log S.
February 2nd 2016


3240 Comments


"I always watch Lord Jamar's videos on Vlad TV. Dude is hilarious"

the "grandpa" mentality gets old fast
dude's got a hyper-conservative view on practically everything

anyway, i'm prob gonna check foundation today - been spinnin "don't let it go to your head" too many times to let it go under the radar

HalfManHalfAmazing
February 11th 2016


2782 Comments


I only ever heard Wake Up Reprise in the Sunshine never bothered to listen to the rest

Cygnatti
February 11th 2016


35471 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lord jamar is disgraceful honestly but this jamz

frigyourgenre
February 11th 2016


4209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Okay

claygurnz
June 29th 2016


6712 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So yeah, this is full of jams

foxblood
October 25th 2017


10498 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

oh wow a review, nice!

hadeserbonfa
October 2nd 2019


320 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This record would be so tight with 46 minutes or something like that. Removing the shoutouts and "Try to Do Me" would help already.

foxblood
January 5th 2022


10498 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this classic needs more comments

frigyourgenre
January 5th 2022


4209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yea theres lots of classic album threads on here with less than 1 page of comments lol

foxblood
January 5th 2022


10498 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah for sure, if they have a review at all

bloc
January 5th 2022


67594 Comments


First 3 BN albums rule, even Foundation is decent

Digging: Matthew Good - Avalanche

foxblood
January 5th 2022


10498 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I haven't heard everything, that good?

bloc
January 5th 2022


67594 Comments


I wouldn't say these guys are a 5/5 in my book, but I would say that the two albums after this one are definitely worth listening to



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