Grand Puba

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This article is about the rapper. For the term derived from an opera character, see Grand Poobah.
Grand Puba
Birth name Maxwell Dixon
Also known as Grand Puba Maxwell, Grand P
Born (1966-03-04) March 4, 1966 (age 49)
Genres Hip Hop
Years active 1985–present
Labels 4th & B'way/Island
Elektra Records
Koch Records
Babygrande Records
Associated acts Brand Nubian, Fat Joe, Mary J. Blige

Maxwell Dixon (born March 4, 1966[1]) is an American emcee best known as a member of the group Brand Nubian from New Rochelle, New York.[2]


He made his debut as Grand Puba Maxwell with the group Masters of Ceremony. Its album Dynamite (1988) was hailed by critics, but because of lack of sales, the group soon disbanded, and Puba emerged as the lead emcee of Brand Nubian. After their innovative and versatile debut album One for All (1990)—covering areas from reggae-influenced hip hop music to new jack swing—Puba left the group after disputes with its other members and embarked on a solo career. He became a member of the group again around 1997, recording a few tracks for various soundtracks leading up to the full-length album Foundation in '98. In 1999, Puba and group mate Sadat X performed on the track "Once Again" on Handsome Boy Modeling School's concept album So... How's Your Girl? Following the group's 2004 effort Fire in the Hole, a rejuvenated Puba appeared on tracks with Beanie Sigel ("Bread and Butter," also featuring groupmate Sadat X), Missy Elliott ("My Struggles," featuring his onetime collaborator Mary J. Blige), and Ugly Duckling ("Something's Going Down Tonight").

In 2009, Grand Puba released his fourth solo album, Retroactive, featuring production from hip-hop veterans like Q-Tip, Large Professor, Kid Capri as well as his fellow Brand Nubians. Puba also appeared on the heavy posse cut "Fresh" together with Cormega, KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Red Alert and Parrish Smith of EPMD.

On the song "Old School" by Tupac Shakur Grand Puba was sampled and used in the hook. The sample originates from Grand Puba's verse on the song "Dedication" by Brand Nubian.



  1. ^ The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, Fireside, New-York, 2001, p. 110.
  2. ^ Allmusic

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