Tommy Boy Tuesday: Grand Puba - '2000'

Grand Puba, a renowned rapper and emcee, gained prominence as a member of the influential group Brand Nubian. One of his notable works is his second solo studio album, titled "2000," released in 1995. The album achieved significant success, reaching the number 5 spot on the Top R&B Hip-Hop Albums chart in the US. Additionally, it received a rating of 4 mics from The Source, solidifying its critical acclaim.

The album showcased Grand Puba's versatility and produced two notable singles. The first single, "I Like It (I Wanna Be Where You Are)," was featured in the soundtrack of the popular video game Tony Hawk's Underground 2, further increasing its exposure. The second single, "A Little of This," featured backing vocals from Kid of the dynamic duo Kid 'n Play.

"2000" is notable for its skillful fusion of rugged drums and basslines with seamless soul samples and interpolations. Grand Puba skillfully incorporated elements from legendary artists such as DeBarge, Barry White, The Delfonics, Rose Royce, and The Stylistics, creating a captivating juxtaposition of sounds throughout the album.

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