Marlon Brando
R.I.P. 1979 – 2001

Marlon “Brando” Bryant, one third of the Sporty Thievz, was 22-years-old when he was tragically killed on May 11, 2001. According to reports, Bryant was walking out of a Bronx deli around 3 a.m. when a drunk driver ran a red light, jumped a curb and fatally struck him. Six years after his death, Marlon Brando’s legacy lives on through his music. Along with his partners, King Kirk and Big Dubez, the Sporty Thievz released their debut album, Street Cinema (Roc-A-Blok/Ruffhouse Records), in 1998. The trio gained modest notoriety with their lead single, “Cheapskate (You Ain’t Getting’ Nada).” But it was their RIAA certified gold single, “No Pigeons,” an answer to TLC’s “No Scrubs,” that propelled them into the spotlight. XXLMag.com celebrates the life of Marlon Brandon by showcasing some of the Sporty Thievz finest music and videos.

“Raw Footage” Street Cinema, Roc-A-Blok/Sony 1999

Video: “No Pigeons” Street Cinema, Roc-A-Blok/Sony 1999


“Fedz” Street Cinema, Roc-A-Blok/Sony 1999

“Hitmen” Street Cinema, Roc-A-Blok/Sony 1999

Video: “Cheapskate” Street Cinema, Roc-A-Blok/Sony 1999


“Angel” Street Cinema, Roc-A-Blok/Sony 1999

“Street Cinema” Street Cinema, Roc-A-Blok/Sony 1999

  • Holla

    Yo! The sporty thievz were underrated. They were pretty dope. RIP Brando

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    Also RIP the real Marlon Brando 1924-2004

  • J.R.O.

    Yeah, Bol, really. Hit by a drunk driver coming out the deli at 3 in the morning… Cot damn. RIP Marlon Brando

  • yung ceasa

    awwww i remember that “no piegions” song, i was like only 7 or 8 at tha time but i remember that song…..thats one of my favorite songs but i never knew who it was that did it. damn shame gott killed by a nigga who couldnt hold his liquor. r.i.p. brando

  • 50 aka Ferrari F50

    no pigions, 4 real…

  • IT IS I

    I gotta agree with Holla, they were underrated. I really did like them cats. Rest in peace Marlon Brando. I feel like listenin to Street Cinema now.

  • o

    yo!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rob (from around the way)

    Propose A Toast to MB….
    That was mt joint right there.

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  • http://blogs.hiphopdx.com/meka Meka Soul

    i read somewhere that the drunk driver jumped the curb & was about to hit a little girl, but he pushed her out of the way and took the hit.

    if that’s true, marlon brando’s the gulliest rapper ever.

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    Rest in Paradise nigga

  • FUCK WHAT YOU HEARD, I RUN NEW JERZ

    YO R.I.P MARLON BRANDO BRAND STAY RECORDING/STAY WEARING JORDANS/BEEPER WITH THE PHONE SO A NIGGA LOOK IMPORTANT I STILL SAY THE LINE FROM TIME TO TIME SPORTY WAS THE SHIT THEY HAD ALL THE NIGGAS WHO BUS THEY ASS IN THE REAL WORLD BACK

  • http://blogs.hiphopdx.com/meka Anli

    Thats what I read when it first happened

  • Nawledge

    Street Cinema was dope as hell

  • mr.martin

    That’s crazy. Hard to believe but I put the cd in my car along with Camp Lo’s joint this morning just to hear some throwback joints instead of the same ol. eerie

  • R.C.

    “i read somewhere that the drunk driver jumped the curb & was about to hit a little girl, but he pushed her out of the way and took the hit”

    i saw that too back in 2001

    R.I.P.

  • jeez-he-sux

    yeah but i dunno if there gonna be a lil girl at the store at 3 in the morning…i think thats sum ‘ god bless the dead ‘ type story but still
    RIP MARLON BRANDO

  • GCASH79

    Sporty Thievs were nice!!!!! RIP Brando

  • mbakisi

    REST PEACE BRANDO YOUR LEGACY LIVES ON GOD BE WITH HIS FAMILY AND GOD BLESS YOU

  • http://aylar.no Aylar

    R.I.P.! The group was slept on

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka Sin Piff

    i’m late but R.I.P.

    i was really fucked wit Sporty Theives, i neva got a chance to snag their Debut when it dropped because i wasnt even buyin too many albums at the time, i was into buyin mixtapes simply because back then you could cop a mixtape and get a str8 20 plus tracklist of credible artist, and up-n-commers who could actually spit and not the highest bidder for some slot love.

    But yeah i always fucked with their music as far as them being enjoyable and actually talented. And Mad Love to King Kirk and Big Dubez too.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com King Ben

    They suck yo, but R.I.P. Brando. That is a fucked up way to go out.Damn.

  • i’ll shit bag u

    haaaaaa pigeons i remember dat shit rip brando 1

  • Thug T

    R.I.P. homie

  • doctor69

    they was the shit I used to fuck with there cousin back in the day and she and her brother used to get there free singles they was underated for there time just like camplo remember when other states was using nyc slang like chicken head so they invented piegons they repped nyc

  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    damn. i forgot all about cheapskate. now that chorus is gonna be stuck in my head all day. that beat was slick though, with the vocal in it.

  • http://www.jahmodi.blogspot.com jahmodi

    That,s real lyrical hiphop right there…R.I.P Brando.