Big Pooh

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Rapper Big Pooh
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Performing in Atlanta, Georgia in March 2008.
Background information
Birth name Thomas Jones
Also known as Rapper Big Pooh
Born Virginia, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 1998–present
Labels 6 Hole, Atlantic Records, For Members Only, Mello Music Group
Associated acts Little Brother, Phonte, 9th Wonder, Chaundon, Blakk Soul, Ab-Soul

Rapper Big Pooh (born Thomas Jones) is the stage name of an American rapper, who, along with fellow rap artist Phonte, was a member of the acclaimed North Carolina hip hop group Little Brother. In addition to numerous records and EP's by Little Brother, Pooh released a solo album in 2005 entitled Sleepers to positive critical review.[1] Furthermore, he has been guest featured on numerous tracks by other artists. Big Pooh also appreciates basketball and has served as a guest writer on a basketball blog.[2]

Rapper Big first got his break by Beni B of ABB Records. He had been pursued by most of the major labels for about a year. He ended up signing to Atlantic "because the independent label we were signed to, ABB felt Atlantic was the best route for them as well as us". His deal with Atlantic ended in 07.[3]

In January 2007, in response to the departure of Little Brother member, co-founder and main producer 9th Wonder, Pooh stated in an interview that "there are no hard feelings and no beef", adding that "this is just a decision that had to be made so all three of us could move forward and continue to provide the world with dope music."[4]

In 2007 Pooh appeared on the Little Brother download-only mixtape entitled And Justus for All, which was released free on the internet February 13, 2007, mixed by DJ Mick Boogie.

In 2009, he released a new interim "street" album, The Delightful Bars, with four slightly different versions of the album available, including one iTunes exclusive "Candy Apple" edition which contains 13 tracks, each featuring different artwork showing a nude model sprinkled with candy.[5][6][7] The video for the album's lead single, "The Comeback," features a kitchen scene with Pooh surrounded by women preparing ingredients, baking and packaging "Delightful Bars" candy bars.[5]

In early 2010 Pooh released The Purple Tape for free download. This mixtape features Big Pooh rhyming over Detroit producer Black Milk's instrumentals from a collection released years ago using Prince samples, hence the "Purple" reference. This is also a reference to Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx album that was released as a purple cassette tape, garnering the name The Purple Tape.

In January 2014, Pooh signed a two album deal with independent label Mello Music Group- the record label that's also home to Oddisee and Kenn Starr.[8] The first release will be an album produced entirely by Virginia producer Nottz, while the second project will be an EP produced by the label's production roster.[9]

Pooh graduated from South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia in 1998.[10]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Sleepers (2005)
  • The Delightful Bars (2009)
  • Fat Boy Fresh Vol. 1: For Members Only (2011)
  • Dirty Pretty Things (2011)
  • Fat Boy Fresh Vol. 2: Est. 1980 (2012)
  • Fat Boy Fresh Vol. 3: Happy Birthday, Thomas (2013)
  • Fat Boy Fresh Vol. 3.5 (2013)
  • Trouble In the Neighborhood (2014) with Roc C[11]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Rapper's Delight (2008)
  • The Purple Tape (2010)

With Little Brother[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prefixmag.com Review
  2. ^ Jones, Thomas "Pooh". My Informal Introduction: Meet Rapper Big Pooh: Musician, wordsmith, basketball fan. Now, SLAM’s newest blogger. Slam Online. 16 March 2010.
  3. ^ handsonhiphop.com Interview
  4. ^ Brian Kaiser Interview
  5. ^ a b Tullis, Eric (2009) "Rapper Big Pooh's The Delightful Bars", Independent Weekly, 8 April 2009
  6. ^ Lee, Frazia (2009) "Big Pooh Delightful Bars (North American Pie Version)" (review), Metro Spirit, Issue #20.37 :: 04/08/2009 - 04/14/2009
  7. ^ , AbduSalaam, Ismael (2009) "Little Brother’s Big Pooh Preps New Solo Project", Allhiphop.com, 19 March 2009
  8. ^ Kyles, Yohance. "Rapper Big Pooh Signs New Deal With Mello Music Group". article. allhiphop.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  9. ^ Baker, Soren. "Big Pooh Signs With Mello Music Group & Set To Release Project With Nottz". article. hiphopdx.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  10. ^ "South Lakes High School". Public School Review. Retrieved May 29, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Rapper Big Pooh & Roc C Discuss Upcoming Collaborative Album". 2dopeboyz.com. 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 

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