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 Brand Nubian
Released February 2, 1993
Genre Hip Hop
Length 55:32
Label Elektra
Producer Brand Nubian
Diamond D
Brand Nubian chronology
One for All
(1990)One for All1990
In God We Trust
Everything is Everything
(1994)Everything is Everything1994
Singles from In God We Trust
  1. "Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down"
    Released: 1992
  2. "Allah U Akbar"
    Released: 1993
  3. "Love Me or Leave Me Alone"
    Released: 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (dud)[2]
Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 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


Allah U Akbar

Ain't No Mystery

Allah and Justice

Love Me or Leave Me Alone

Meaning of the 5%

Pass The Gat

Steady Bootleggin

The Godz...

Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down

Black and Blue

The Travel Jam

Steal Ya 'Ho

Brand Nubian Rock the Set


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