Rapper Big Pooh has been on a figurative, fence-mending roll, as of late.
Of course, fans of the Virginia-born, Charlotte-based MC know him as one of the former members of the revered Raleigh hip-hop trio Little Brother, a group that parted ways in 2010 – and not on the friendliest on terms. Rapper Phonte Coleman and producer/DJ 9th Wonder kissed and made up years ago, even collaborating on many musical projects together. However, Pooh preferred to be on his own. In fact, in 2013, he said in this very paper that people should get the thought of a Little Brother reunion out of their heads. (“… we just have to all learn to move on at this point.”)
But, last month, Coleman appeared on the hip-hop podcast “The Combat Jack Show” and said he’s open to a Little Brother reunion – or, at least, getting the boys back together for one last ride. “So, it definitely made me think a lot about wanting, if nothing else, to just put a period at the end of the sentence, to end it properly,” he said.
Surprisingly, Pooh has also been feeling a similar way. “I mean, you always want to exit . . . on the highest note possible, or make sure you write the final chapter to whatever book there is,” says Pooh, on the phone from Charlotte. “And, obviously, we’re speaking of the Little Brother book, in this particular instance. So, that’s something I’m pretty sure all of us have thought about during this time, as we all are able to mature and move into different ventures and different things we have going on. I mean, that’s just something that we gotta sit down and discuss and figure out and decide what’s the best course of action.”
Pooh says, before Coleman appeared on “Jack,” he extended an olive branch to his Brother brothas. “We’ve all definitely been reaching out to each other, you know, on a personal level, and that’s just rebuilding our personal relationship,” he says. “It didn’t have nothing to do with music. It didn’t have nothing to do with Little Brother. It’s just us rebuilding our personal relationship because we were friends. We are family.”
While Pooh has been working on reconnecting with friends, he also continues to work one-on-one with producers on projects. Last year, he released two efforts with two different producers: “Home Sweet Home,” with fellow Virginia native Nottz (Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Asher Roth), and “Words Paint Pictures,” with Detroit producer Apollo Brown (Ghostface Killah, Guilty Simpson).
You’d think that since Pooh enjoys having one-on-one partnerships with producers, he would probably consider giving his ol’ pal 9th a call. After all, 9th is famous for getting together with MCs (Murs, David Banner, Talib Kweli) and making an album where he’s the lone producer. But even though Pooh and 9th have briefly collaborated in the past (9th produced a track on Pooh’s “Fat Boy Fresh, Vol. 3.5” release), Pooh knows an album with just him and 9th would make Little Brother fans hopeful for the future.
“I probably would stay away from that because that’s just gonna have people clamoring for Little Brother,” he says. “Anything two Little Brothers do together just have people clamoring for Little Brother, and there’s no need to bring that type of force, I’ll say, upon any one of us. So, we can’t even take a picture together without all the people talking about Little Brother.”
Nevertheless, Pooh is still out there rapping. Thursday, he’ll be in Durham joining producer/DJ Pete Rock and rappers Supastition and Skyzoo for the “The Black Wall Street: Underground” show. Hey, it might not be a Little Brother reunion show in the Triangle, but it’s still Rapper Big Pooh performing in the Triangle – and that’s a start!
What: “The Black Wall Street: Underground” with Pete Rock, Supastition, Rapper Big Pooh and Skyzoo
When: 10 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 13)
Where: Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave., Durham
Details: 919-901-0875 or motorcomusic.com