Foundation (Brand Nubian album)

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Foundation
Foundation BN.jpg
Studio album by Brand Nubian
Released September 29, 1998
Recorded 1997-1998
Genre Hip Hop
Length 68:38
Label Arista
07822-19024
Producer Grand Puba
DJ Premier
Lord Finesse
Chris "CL" Liggio
Buckwild
DJ Alamo
O.Gee
Diamond D
Brand Nubian chronology
Everything is Everything
(1994)
Foundation
(1998)
Fire in the Hole
(2004)
Singles from Foundation
  1. "The Return"
    Released: 1998
  2. "Don't Let it Go to Your Head"
    Released: 1998
  3. "Let's Dance"
    Released: 1998

Foundation is the fourth release from Hip Hop group Brand Nubian. it was released on September 29, 1998.[1] The album marked the reunion of the four original members, Grand Puba, Sadat X, Lord Jamar and DJ Alamo, who hadn't released an album together since their 1990 debut One for All. Foundation saw the group regain their past success, critically and commercially. The single "Don't Let It Go To Your Head" became their biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1998 and was remixed by The Neptunes as the 12" single "Take It To Your Head" in the same year.

Unlike previous releases, Foundation mostly features outside production resulting in an updated sound. DJ Premier, O.Gee, C.L. Liggio and the D.I.T.C. members Lord Finesse, Diamond D and Buckwild all supplied beats for the project. The album is now out of print.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
RapReviews.com 9/10 stars link
Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Performer (s)
1 "Here We Go" Grand Puba *Interlude*
2 "The Return" DJ Premier Lord Jamar, Sadat X, Grand Puba
3 "Shinin' Star" Grand Puba Grand Puba, Sadat X, Lord Jamar
4 "The Beat Change" Lord Finesse Sadat X, Lord Jamar, Grand Puba
5 "Migraine (Interlude)" *Interlude*
6 "Don't Let it Go to
Your Head"
Chris "CL" Liggio Grand Puba, Sadat X, Lord Jamar
7 "Brand Nubian" Buckwild Grand Puba, Lord Jamar, Sadat X
8 "Maybe One Day" Buckwild Grand Puba, Common
9 "Let's Dance" Chris "CL" Liggio Grand Puba, Sadat X, Lord Jamar, Busta Rhymes
10 "Back Up Off the Wall" DJ Alamo Sadat X, Lord Jamar, Grand Puba, Loon
11 "Black on Black Crime
(Interlude)"
*Interlude*
12 "I'm Black & I'm Proud" Grand Puba,
DJ Alamo
Sadat X, Lord Jamar, Grand Puba
13 "Sincerely" O.Gee Lord Jamar, Grand Puba, Sadat X
14 "Probable Cause" DJ Alamo Grand Puba, Sadat X, Lord Jamar,
DJ Alamo
15 "The Ghetto (Interlude)" *Interlude*
16 "Love vs. Hate" Lord Finesse Grand Puba, Lord Jamar, Sadat X
17 "Too Late" Chris "CL" Liggio,
DJ Alamo
Grand Puba, Lord Jamar, Sadat X, Sherene
18 "Straight Outta Now Rule" Lord Finesse Lord Jamar, Grand Puba, Sadat X
19 "Foundation" Diamond D Lord Jamar, Sadat X, Grand Puba
20 "U For Me" Lord Finesse Grand Puba, Lord Jamar, Sadat X

Samples[edit]

  • The song "Don't Let It Go to Your Head" samples Jean Carne's mid-70's R&B hit of the same title.
  • Migraine (Interlude) contains sample from the movie 'Maniac' (1934)
  • The Ghetto (Interlude) contains a sample from the documentary 'Rhyme & Reason' (1997)
  • Black on Black Crime (Interlude) contains dialogue from the movie 'Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood' (1995)
  • Probable Cause contains a sample from Knucklehead by Grover Washington Jr. (1975)
  • The Return contains a sample from The Rub by George and Gwen McCrae (1975)
  • The Foundation contains samples of IFE by Miles Davis (1972)
  • Let's Dance contains a sample from 'Centipede' by Rebbie Jackson (1984)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[3] 59
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[4] 12

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
1998 "Don't Let It Go To Your Head" 54 24 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pop - latimes". Articles.latimes.com. 1998-10-16. Retrieved 2015-06-17. 
  2. ^ "The New Rolling Stone Album Guide - Nathan Brackett, Christian David Hoard". Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Brand Nubian – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Brand Nubian.
  4. ^ "Brand Nubian – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Brand Nubian.