In God We Trust (Brand Nubian album)

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In God We Trust
In God We Trust (Brand Nubian album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 2, 1993
Recorded1992
GenreHip hop
Length55:32
LabelElektra
ProducerBrand Nubian
Diamond D
Brand Nubian chronology
One for All
(1990)
In God We Trust
(1993)
Everything is Everything
(1994)
Singles from In God We Trust
  1. "Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down"
    Released: August 1992
  2. "Allah U Akbar"
    Released: 1993
  3. "Love Me or Leave Me Alone"
    Released: 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(dud)[2]
Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[3]

In God We Trust is the second album from hip hop group Brand Nubian. Lead MC Grand Puba left the group to pursue a solo career in 1991, following the release of their revered debut One for All. DJ Alamo also left to work with Puba, leaving MC's Sadat X and Lord Jamar, who enlisted DJ Sincere to join the group. The album was less successful than the group's debut but still received strong reviews. The single "Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down" became a Billboard Hot 100 hit, but was met with controversy over allegedly homophobic content, referencing the Sadat X line "Though I can freak, fly, flow, fuck up a faggot/I don't understand their ways, I ain't down with gays." The single "Love Me or Leave Me Alone" was also a Hot-100 hit. Lyrically, the album contains extremely militant content that reflects the group's identity as Five Percenters, adhering to the philosophy of the Nation of Gods and Earths.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Performer(s)
1 "Allah U Akbar" Sadat X, Lord Jamar
2 "Ain't No Mystery" Lord Jamar, Sadat X
3 "Meaning of the 5%" *Interlude*
4 "Pass the Gat" Sadat X, Lord Jamar
5 "Black Star Line" Sadat X, Lord Jamar, Red Fox
6 "Allah & Justice" Lord Jamar, DJ Sincere, Sadat X
7 "The Godz..." Lord Jamar, Sadat X
8 "The Travel Jam" Lord Jamar, Sadat X
9 "Brand Nubian Rock the Set" Sadat X, Lord Jamar
10 "Love Me or Leave Me Alone" Sadat X, Lord Jamar
11 "Steal Ya Ho" Lord Jamar, Sadat X
12 "Steady Bootleggin’'" Sadat X, Lord Jamar
13 "Black & Blue" Sadat X, Lord Jamar
14 "Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down" Sadat X, Lord Jamar

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[4] 12
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[5] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andy Kellman (1993-02-02). "In God We Trust - Brand Nubian | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-06-17.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 1, 1993). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  3. ^ "The New Rolling Stone Album Guide - Nathan Brackett, Christian David Hoard". Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-06-17.
  4. ^ "Brand Nubian Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Brand Nubian Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.