Brand Nubian released their debut album “One For All” 31 years ago


On December 4, 1990, Brand Nubian released their first classic album Five Mic One for all on Elektra Records. Benefiting from the production of Dante Ross, Skeff Anslem, SD 50 (Stimulated Dummies), Jam as well as their own hands on the boards, Brand Nubian has arguably released one of the most influential debut albums in the history of the hip hop. Source magazine’s record All For One report gave the LP a perfect rating, declaring AFO, “brimming with creativity, originality and straightforward talent.” […] the type of record that captures a whole world of music, rhymes and vibes in a whole new style.

Over 30 years ago, Grand Puba Maxwell of the Masters Of Ceremony teamed up with gods Derrick X and Lord Jamar Allah, recruiting X’s childhood pal Alamo as a DJ to form the team for four men from Brand Nubian. The crew pioneered the Sound of the Gods, infusing the nation’s 5% knowledge and wisdom into their lyrical content, and used the music to draw many black youth from that era to black consciousness. Together, the quartet only released this album, but Lord J and Derrick X, who is now known as Sadat X, dropped two more projects under the Nubian brand flag. Even with all of their respective solo efforts, their collective impact on rap game culture is forever ingrained in the fabric of Hip Hop.

Tribute to Puba, Lord Jamar, Sadat, Alamo, Stud Dougee (RIP), Dante Ross, Skeff and everyone from Elektra who helped bring people such an important part of hip-hop history!


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