The Listening
The Listening
Studio album by Little Brother


25 February 2003




Hip hop






9th Wonder, Beni B (exec.), Ian Davis (exec.), Eccentric, Little Brother (exec.)

Little Brother chronology


The Minstrel Show (2005)

The Listening is the debut album by American hip hop group Little Brother, released in 2003 on ABB Records. The album is produced entirely by 9th Wonder, with one song co-produced with Eccentric, while the lyrics are performed by group members Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh, and guests Median and L.E.G.A.C.Y.. The underlying theme of The Listening concerns the group's effort to engage their listeners on a deeper level, and their frustration at casual listeners who pay little attention to lyrics and content and simply want to hear a "hot song".

The album became a sensation in the underground hip hop scene and, although it failed to chart, was critically acclaimed. "Whatever You Say" and "The Way You Do It" were released as singles.

Track listingEdit

All songs produced by 9th Wonder, except for "The Getup", produced by Eccentric and co-produced by 9th Wonder.

No. Title Performer(s) Time
1. "Morning" - 0:45
2. "Groupie Pt. 2" Rapper Big Pooh 2:58
3. "For You" Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh 3:03
4. "Speed" Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh 3:57
5. "Whatever You Say" Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh 5:27
6. "Make Me Hot" - 1:36
7. "The Yo-Yo" Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh 3:35
8. "Shorty on the Lockout" Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh, Median 5:24
9. "Love Joint Revisited" Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh 4:25
10. "So Fabulous" Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh 4:43
11. "The Way You Do It" Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh 4:32
12. "Roy Lee, Producer Extraordinaire" - 0:58
13. "The Getup" Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh 3:17
14. "Away from Me" Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh 5:23
15. "Nobody but You" Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh 3:01
16. "Home" Phonte 2:49
17. "Nightime Maneuvers" Phonte 3:03
18. "The Listening" Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh 6:07


  • Recorded by: 9th Wonder
  • Mastered by: Ken Lee
  • Photography: John Rottet
  • Design: Oh, So Nappy! unLTd.