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Happy birthday to the founder of the Nubian brand, Grand Puba!

On this day in hip-hop history, Brand Nubian founder Maxwell Dixon aka Grand Puba was born today in 1966.

Grand Puba made their musical debut with the group Masters of Ceremony. The group’s first album dynamite was released in 1988 to critical acclaim. However, due to lack of sales, the band disbanded shortly after the album’s release. This is when Puba became Brand Nubian’s main emcee.

Shortly after the 1990 release of the band’s debut album, Genreless One for all (which spanned reggae to hip-hop to new jack swing), Grand Puba once again parted ways with his band and embarked on a solo career. He recorded and released two albums, Reel to Reel, in 1992 and 2000 in 1995. Reel to Reel had much commercial success peaking at number 28 on the Billboard 200 and tallying the #1 hit single “360 Degrees (What Goes Around)”. 2000 was also a hit reaching number 48 on the Billboard 200 and its single “I Like It (I Wanna Be Where You Are)” reaching number 91 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1997 Grand Puba reverted to Brand Nubian and the band released Foundation in 1998. This album marked the reunion of the four original members. It was the first time they had appeared together since their debut. It was their most successful album as a group peaking at No. 59 on the Billboard 200 chart, and the single “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head” reached No. 53 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was their hit track. highest escalation.

In 2001, Grand Puba published Understand this, and in 2009 he released his fourth solo album Retroactive with production from Q-Tip, Large Professor and Kid Capri. Over the years, Grand Puba has worked with Beanie Sigel, Missy Elliot, Mary J. Blige, and many more. It was even sampled on the hook on 2Pac’s “Old School” record.

We here at Source wishes Grand Puba a happy birthday. May you see many more years of success and prosperity!