Label: Atlantic - PR 302001 • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Album, Promo • Country: US • Genre: Hip Hop • Style: Instrumental
The Minstrel Show is the second Little Brother - The Minstrel Show (Instrumental Album) album by hip hop trio Little Brother. It followed the critical success of their debut, The Listening. The album was highly anticipated and touted as a probable breakthrough for the group, even before its release. The title is a reference to the minstrel shows that were popular in the United States during the 19th century.
The album has a running concept based on a fictional television network called "UBN" U Black Niggas Networkwhich is a satire of stereotypical programs and advertisements for African Americans.
Kelly and Ronald Isley. Many of the skits contain tongue-in-cheek references to black pop-culture in the United States. For many reasons, the furor surrounding The Minstrel Show overshadowed the music itself. On August 16,hip hop magazine The Source 's Editor-in-Chief, Joshua "Fahiym" Ratcliffe, announced his retirement due to conflicting opinions on the rating The Minstrel Show was to receive in the next issue of the publication.
According to Ratcliffe, his original rating of 4. After they refused to change the rating back to 4. For his part, Benzino admitted at the time of questioning, that he had yet to listen to the album for himself and had no problem with Ratcliffe's original rating. While Little Brother - The Minstrel Show (Instrumental Album) may have built up anticipation for the album, another more serious obstacle reared its head Lets Pretend - Willie Nelson - 20-Track Double Album: His Greatest Hits the entertainment network BET Black Entertainment Television refused to play the group's video for the single, "Lovin' It", allegedly because they deemed it "too intelligent".
BET reserves the right to show or not to show music videos of any type based on the network's own standards and decision-making processes. The rest of it sees them performing to a zealous crowd. In contrast to the reaction of BETLittle Brother received praises from many powerful Woodchoppers Reel - Sol Rudnick, Marshall Racowsky - Traditional Fiddle Favorites within the hip hop world, such as XXL magazinewho gave the album an "XL" rating and most notably, Scratch Magazinewho gave it a perfect 10 out of 10 rating.
Despite all the controversy, The Minstrel Show debuted at a 56 position on the Billboard charts selling 18, copies in its first week out a much lower number than expected by both fans and critics. A second official single and any further promotion of the album was abandoned by Atlantic Recordsand although the group soon began recording their follow-up album, Getbacktheir relationship with the label drew to a close before its release.
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