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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 at 12:38 pm  |  37 responses

My Informal Introduction

Meet Rapper Big Pooh: Musician, wordsmith, basketball fan. Now, SLAM’s newest blogger.

I first heard about Little Brother when a friend of mine played some tracks from the group’s first album, The Listening, for me sometime not too long after Jordan’s third and final retirement. I was immediately feeling them for their sound, style, and overall distinctiveness during a time when it seemed like there was a snap in just about every beat. Over time, as the releases continued, so did my love for the group. One thing I didn’t know about them then, that only would have added to their case, was a love of sports. Now Rapper Big Pooh, one half of the current duo, is joining the SLAM Fam to drop his hoops knowledge on our loyal readers. Here, you can check out LB’s first single from their upcoming album, Leftback. Here, you can watch a video from The Minstrel Show. Below, you can meet the man. Tomorrow, you can check for his Tourney preview.—Adam Fleischer

by Thomas “Pooh” Jones

I know plenty are reading this wondering, “Who is this Pooh guy? What makes him so special that he gets to guest blog?” That is what you are wondering, right? Well, let me answer by introducing myself.

Wikipedia will tell you that I am an American rapper that goes by the name of Rapper Big Pooh and that my real name is Thomas Jones. Both true. Wikipedia will also tell you that I am part of the rap group Little Brother. I am. Wikipedia will then go on to tell you how, over the past eight years, I have released three group albums, one of them being released by Atlantic Records, two solo records and a host of mix-tapes, both group and solo. I have. big-pooh-2

The things is, I am not here to talk about my musical accomplishments, but to tell you something that Wikipedia won’t—not yet, at least. I’m a sports fanatic, especially basketball. I often wish God blessed me with more height and more game, but I digress. Since I can’t play, I do like 99 percent of you reading this blog: I watch and discuss. I grew up in the D.C. area and my allegiance has always been with the hometown teams. I pull for Georgetown and Maryland, although I lean towards Maryland if they were to ever meet head-to-head in the NCAA tournament. I remember watching Walt Williams running Cole Field House with the long socks. I remember watching Joey Brown and Robert Churchwell running the show for the Hoyas in the early ’90s. I remember watching Gary Williams sweating out of all of his suits… Wait, he still does that. I grew up a Michael Jordan and Chicago Bull fan like every other kid my age but always cheered for my hometown Bullets/Wizards. I still remember the day the team signed Juwan Howard and traded for Chris Webber and when they debuted on the same night. I remember watching Calbert Cheaney and Tom Gugliotta wishing that Wes Unseld would be relinquished of all his duties with the team. Yes, I have suffered as a fan of my hometown teams but I love them all the same.

So, for the coming weeks, I will be here to offer my opinions and suggestions on the upcoming NCAA Basketball Tourney, and basketball in general—whether you want them or not. Join me on the journey; I guarantee you it will be an amusing one.

Until next time.

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  • http://slamonline.com Adam Fleischer

    Rapper! Welcome aboard. Looking forward to the insight and opinions.

  • http://slamonline.com Adam Fleischer

    And the album.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Anyone keeping the Native Tongues vibe alive is good with me.

  • funkdoc

    “And I ain’t worried about n****s bitin’ Minstrel Show, they still teethin’ off ‘The Listening’”

    I’ve been banging both albums for a couple of years now. Dude, I even have you solo project ‘Sleepers’. Slept on in my opinion.

    one note: maybe god didn’t gave you the height to play ball, but I’m sure that’s not the only reason. People don’t call you BIG pooh for a reason…

    “yes I’m still an LB no I’m not leaving. No I don’t eat meat but yes I’m still beefin’”. Dopest line ever.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    The Listening is always on my playlist. dope beat, better message.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Outstanding. Big thanks to Adam and Pooh.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Hey Adam, I wonder if Beasley would be cool with him saying he’s from DC?

  • underdog

    As a Little Brother fan, I’m looking forward to read this blog. Yet another great SLAM recruit. My personal favourite is the Chittlin Circuit 1.5 mixtape.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Krispy Kreme will never leave the streets!

  • Brown14

    Little Brother are in my top 5 groups ever, traveled halfway accross England to see them live in London a few years back. I’m lookin forward to this Rapper!

  • KHALID SALAAM

    Nice.

  • http://www.beyondthebeat.net wmaxey

    “This is no hoax, back to bench scrubs like Tremaine Foulks…..” – rapper big pooh on “sincerely yours”.

    still one of the best lines ever spoke.

  • brent

    Pooh Bear!!!!! dog I’m a huge fan of LB…. i caught you guys out here in LA at the key club and it was a great show you guys put on… I’m also excited for LB’s 3rd and final album the left back dropping on april 20th this year… its a must buy in my eyes.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/san-dova-speak-easy/ San Dova

    Prince + Pooh + Black Milk = “Great successssssssss!”

  • that dude

    First heard LB on Consequence’s “I see now” in 03 or 04, been a fan ever since. This is insanely cool. Welcome Big Pooh!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I am so looking forward to this!

  • Yesse

    This is interesting. Nice to see you on board!

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    welcome to SLAMonline!

  • d.macaroni

    Down to hear Whatever You Say

  • fourfootthug

    im Lovin It. Pooh will def be the life of the party here on slam

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    LB’s in my top 5. The Listening was amazing.

  • http://www.clutchfans.com/ Blue

    As if SLAMonline needed anything else to firmly cement itself as the greatest basketball site of all time! Welcome, Pooh! When are you and Phonte coming to H-Town?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Is Pooh going to comment? He needs to comment regularly! That would be freaking sweet.

  • Hoya Pete

    Hey Pooh,
    Get your agent or someone to release a press photo under a creative commons license so your wikipedia page can have a decent picture of you.

  • http://slamonline.com Mo Money Bizzes

    Pooh is my dude. I even copped his last tape. Dat’s my stuff.

  • Dallas_J

    I just like any article that brings up Walt The Wizard Williams

  • Joey E.

    awesome opening, can’t wait.

  • http://www.Twitter/notebooknick NotebookNick

    This is awesome. I’m a huge LB (and Pooh) fan, so I’m looking forward to this.

  • http://www.innoutnba.com Lucas Shapiro

    Looking forward to see what you have to say Pooh. Love your songs too.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    As a sistah from D.C., welcome. Looking forward to your BBall insight. Your memories match mine, then add 10 years. Ha!

  • LA Huey

    Your name is stupid but your mic skills are ill. This LB fan looks forward to your contribution!

  • mems

    BIG POOH+SLAM????? my two favorite things in one place, awesome! I LOVE LB, favorite rap group ever so its gonna be cool to see your thoughts on the NCAA tourney. Only thing is, Maryland is going down this week. GO COOGS!! i know we have no shot but dammit i gotta think my school has a chacne to win lol.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Sure, don’t give a guest shot at a blog. I’m like Scoop Jackson – too real for SLAM.

  • slamfan4life

    DAMN IT I thought it was D.Rose………

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  • Matt Joe

    This is great and I’m happy people respect your contribution to real hip hop. Your interview on hiphopdx was thourough. Little Brother is in my top 3. U hav been slept on but as much other great art it will be appreciated as time goes on but I know u prefer to see checks now, lol.
    Can’t wait to see what your contribution will be , looking forward to it.

    Much love and u may be underated but you know your music is top shelf.

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