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Big Pooh: Delightful Bars


Few rap duos are truly ambidextrous. Half of the pair is either purely pedestrian or just pales in comparison to the other. Little Brother’s Big Pooh finds himself somewhere in between—his bouncy flow complements Phonte’s lyricism well, yet even after a well-received solo project, 2005’s Sleepers, he’s still striving for individual recognition. Looking to awaken more snoozing heads, he again goes for self, with the street LP The Delightful Bars.

Rapping with a chip on his shoulder, Pooh dismisses naysayers on the Jake One–produced “Something Like Stars” and then brushes off pesky up-and-coming, demo-pushing MCs on the easygoing “Move.” But Pooh’s braggadocious bark isn’t nearly as compelling as his reflective lines on the coming-of-age recollection “The Life” and the 9th Wonder–produced “Rearview Mirror.”

Sadly, though, Pooh comes off preachy when he ventures too deep, as with the real talk on the parenthood PSA “Step Up.” But the album’s biggest backfire is that, even with Phonte’s noticeable absence, Pooh’s inconsistent wordplay often allows cameos to steal his shine, as is the case on the Justus League get-together “Roll Call” and the Jay Rock–assisted “Nothing Less.”

The album’s shortcomings notwithstanding, Pooh continues his hip-hop maturation with The Delightful Bars. And he knows it, too, rhyming on the piano-tinged “Problems”: “After all this time, I couldn’t stay the same/Had to get a new picture, I just kept the frame.” With continued lyrical improvement and more-regular rewind-worthy moments, Pooh has the potential to one day raise the bar.

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  • BeerGangsta

    Look at all that azz! Pooh know how to catch Homeboys attention. This will sell ok! I have not heard it yet. Good CD Cover. Well done Pooh.

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  • Epinz

    This shit only sold 6k its first week. This nggz the shit though, can’t wait for a new liitle brother album. Or a phonte solo for that matter.

  • http://KNNation.com KY KN Reppin’


    Dang…it only sold 6k??

    Thats cool…he’s on an indie label right? So that still looks like a win for Pooh, right?

  • Epinz

    Yea, I thnk he’s indie. He said its just a mixtape in cd format so I’m asumin its not the official cd. That’s called “pretty little things” or sumthn like that. But his shit b hittin, regardless of what he sells!

  • Epinz

    This is what I’m talkin about. A drop on a real mc who dnt get this shine all the time, and only 5 comments? Where r the “originals” at?

    Nggaz, dnt complain about how they talkin about the same shit and only coverin the same artists, but u only drop comments on those artits u complainin about! Yall fuelen them to keep on doin the same shit! Act instead of complain and support that real shit!!!!

    And 3 of them r mine!!

    • $ykotic

      And even I’m guilty of doing that. Always looking at the top of the page. I’ma start boycotting the media darlings. Cause even the bangers get lil comments.

      Good look E.

  • DazzOne

    Pooh is steping it up big time. Epinz, you right. All energy, weather positive of negetive fuels the things of of this world, so I’m sending love were it’s due. Love Little Brother ever since this Nigerian put me on to “The Minstel Show”.

    But anybody else catch Phonte on a Soul R&B video? I don’t know what it is call, caught it late night on BETJ. It was fire though!