This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

March 4th – Grand Puba was born Maxwell Dixon in New Rochelle, New York on this day in 1966.

Grand Puba first entered the music industry as a member of Masters Of Ceremony who released their only album in 1988 called “Dynamite” on Jazzy Jay’s Strong City Records.

The other two members of Masters Of Ceremony were Dr. Who and DJ Shabazz.

After the group disbanded, shortly thereafter, Puba hooked up with Lord Jamar and Sadat X and formed the legendary group Brand Nubian who released their Self-Entitled debut single on Elektra Records in 1989.

Brand Nubian released their debut album “All For One” in 1990 which contained the singles “Wake Up”, the title track and the classic smash anti-drug anthem “Slow Down”.

“All For One” had a socially-conscious angle influenced by the group’s beliefs in The 5% Teachings.

Puba eventually left the group and released his debut solo album “Reel To Reel” in 1992, which he produced himself along with Kid Capri, Anthony Latief King, DJ Shabazz, SD50’s and Orlando Aguillen.

The album contained the singles “Ya Know How It Goes”, “Check It Out”, featuring a young Mary J. Blige and the classic “360 Degrees”.

Grand Puba would also be featured on Mary J. Blige’s classic debut album “What’s The 411?” released the same year.

Grand Puba has released three more solo albums to date, 1995’s “2000”, 2001’s “Understand This” and 2009’s “Retroactive”.

Grand Puba reunited with Brand Nubian in 1997 and appeared on their 1998 album “Foundation” on Arista Records.

“Foundation” featured the hit single “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head”.

The Neptunes remixed the track for the 12 inch release, re-christening it “Take It To Your Head”.

Producers on “Foundation” included DJ Premier, D.I.T.C., Buckwild, O. Gee and C.L. Liggio.

Grand Puba also appeared on Brand Nubian’s last two albums: 2004’s “Fire In The Hole” and 2007’s “Time’s Runnin’ Out”.

Over the years Grand Puba has collaborated with the likes of KRS-One, Cormega, Big Daddy Kane and Handsome Boy Modeling School.

Grand Puba has one of the most recognizable voices in hip-hop and rap history.