Friday, October 2, 2015
Brand Nubian and Nice & Smooth deliver a lesson in old-school to Gilt Nightclub
By Thaddeus McCollum
on Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 12:50 PM
10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 | Gilt Nightclub, 740 Bennett Road | giltnightclub.com
Growing out of the Five Percenter movement in the late ’80s, Brand Nubian’s debut album, One for All, packed an empowering punch with a message of strength and positivity rapped over plenty of James Brown samples. The original lineup – Grand Puba, Sadat X and Lord Jamar – reunite for an old-school hip-hop bill at Gilt this weekend alongside Nice & Smooth of “Sometimes I Rhyme Slow” fame. Though Brand Nubian caught a lot of flak for perceived “reverse racism” back in the day, their overall message of black strength in the face of an oppressive white regime still strikes chords.