By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
By Steve Weinstein
This nonchalance is in keeping with the Little Brother legacy, which wasn't so much political as personal—which, of course, sometimes got political. They brought a sense of regular-ass, all-bullshit-aside sincerity back into hip-hop that's now being mined, to varying degrees of success, by most radio rappers (Drake has called Phonte his favorite emcee). But none of this is fodder for Leftback; instead, these hard-heads just rap. Pooh sets the scene: "It's my last day on the job. So let's party!"
He chuckles, but he's serious, too. "That's what Leftback's almost like: We're throwing a Little Brother retirement party. That's not what we intentionally sought out to do, but that's how it worked out." There's a pause, followed by a wry grin. "And then it just ends. Party over!"
Little Brother play Highline Ballroom May 11