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Iconic NC Rap Group Little Brother Is Profiled In ‘Could The Lord Watch: The Little Brother Story’


The newly launched documentary, Could The Lord Watch: The Little Brother Story, is shining a lightweight on hip-hop royalty.

Could The Lord Watch: The Little Brother Story chronicles the rise, breakup and reunion of Little Brother, the critically acclaimed and influential hip-hop group from Durham, N.C.

The documentary particulars the huge affect of the group, composed of rappers Phonte, Large Pooh, and (previously) producer ninth Surprise

Because the official description reads:

The guts of the documentary lies within the unraveling and reconciliation between members Phonte and Large Pooh. Their relationship begins within the wake of their difficult upbringings within the South, strains whereas coming of age collectively within the music trade, and resolves with a permanent friendship, as the 2 males reunite and document their 2019 album Could the Lord Watch. Advised by by no means earlier than seen archival footage, modern vérité scenes, and interviews from the group’s members, friends, and household, the movie’s story unfolds in intimate element underneath the framework of a ‘UBN Made-for-TV Documentary’, riffing on the fictional UBN Community created by comedy sketches on Little Brother albums.

Followers have anticipated the documentary’s launch for the reason that trailer dropped in 2022. Phonte and Rapper Large Pooh have hosted intimate movie screenings for followers in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York Metropolis to advertise the movie.

The movie was directed by filmmaker Holland Randolph Gallagher and written by ‘Yoh’ Phillips.

“Once you meet somebody on the Uber line at LAX hardly ever does it coalesce right into a years-long, soul-searching and feature-length-documentary-creating endeavor, however so it occurred with Phonte and I in 2018,” mentioned Gallagher in an announcement. 4 years, two scrapped cuts, and a pandemic later, we’re rounding the nook on finishing the venture that may inform the Little Brother story as soon as and for all. I don’t take that duty evenly and I hope our movie displays that.”

Watch the movie, which was launched late final month, under:

Phonte and Big Pooh emphasized the importance of releasing the documentary on YouTube.

“Little Brother entered this business independently and based on the current landscape, we see no need to change course,” said Phonte.
He continued calling the film a “love letter to our fans.”
“A celebration of the people who made us and a testament to our core values of authenticity, ownership, and craftsmanship.”

Big Pooh said the platform is symbolic of how many fell in love with their music.

“One of the things I’ve been hearing people talk about is how our music was either shared with them, or they shared our music with someone else, sometimes even forming lifelong bonds. YouTube is the perfect intersection where all demographics meet,” he said.

“Having the ability to release our documentary via YouTube felt like the perfect way to share our story with Little Brother fans while leaving open the possibility of introducing ourselves to an entirely new group of potential fans.”

Shot in the tradition of films like Beats Rhymes & LifeZappa, or 20 Feet From Stardom, director Holland ‘vacay’ Gallagher and writer ‘Yoh’ Phillips (of Rap documentary studio ‘Rap Portraits‘) included a notable list of the genre’s most influential people into the documentary – from Questlove and DJ Drama to cultural critics, industry execs, and more.

According to director Holland Randolph Gallagher, the film resulted from a once-in-a-lifetime run-in with Phonte in the Uber line at LAX.

“Four years, two scrapped cuts, and a pandemic later, we’re rounding the corner on completing the project that will tell the Little Brother story once and for all. I don’t take that responsibility lightly and I hope our film reflects that,” said Gallagher.

Little Brother is a critically acclaimed hip-hop group from Durham, North Carolina. The group entered the height of its fame in the pre-streaming era of online message boards. Their 2003 debut album, The Listening, helped pioneer “grown man” or “every man” rap, relating to the working-class and everyday person.

The project was ranked among Rolling Stone’s “200 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums Of All Time.”

Now recognized as one of Billboard’s “Greatest Rap Groups Of All Time,” the group has had an illustrious career working with some of the biggest names in music, including Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne and more. 

In March of 2023, the duo commemorated the 20th anniversary of their debut album, The Listening. Their four-city tour sold out venues from California to New York.

The celebration ended with their nostalgic performance in their hometown at the Made In Durham: A Little Brother Block Party.”


Fans can view and donate to May The Lord Watch: The Little Brother Story on Little Brother’s official YouTube page.

You can view the trailer below!




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