Little Brother
Little Brother


Durham, North Carolina, United States


Hip hop

Years active



ABB, Atlantic

Associated acts

Justus League, Strange Fruit Project

Past members

Little Brother was an American hip hop group from Durham, North Carolina. The group consisted of rappers Phonte and Big Pooh, and record producer and DJ 9th Wonder. The group released four acclaimed studio albums and six mixtapes during their nine-year exxistence. Little Brother was highly regarded among fans and critics.

The three members met each other in 1998 while attending North Carolina Central University. After signing to the independent label ABB Records in 2002, Little Brother released their debut album, The Listening, the following year to critical acclaim and resulted in the group signing to Atlantic Records. Their second album, The Minstrel Show, released in 2005, featured a theme that compared present day hip hop music and the music industry to the minstrel shows of the late 19th century.

While recording their third album, Little Brother announced that they had departed from Atlantic and 9th Wonder had left the group due to creative differences. In 2007, the group released their long awaited follow-up, Getback, which sold well despite having no major video or radio airplay. Shortly after the release of their fourth album, Leftback, Little Brother formally announced the group's break up. The members of the group are on good terms with each other and continue to collaborate.