Record Label: Traffic Entertainment Group
When released at the end of 1990 Brand Nubian’s “One For All” emerged into musical landscape yet to be littered with disposable hip hop. The politically charged and socially conscious material brought acclaim to the project, both critically and commercially. The Source granted the album a full on 5 Mics saying Brand Nubian’s debut “overflows with creativity, originality, and straight-up talent.”
Even Robert Christgau of the Village Voice, who’s reviews often read like a riddle penned by a hater, laced “One For All” with a solid A-. By the late 90s the record had been named one of The Source’s 100 Best Rap Albums with the single “Slow Down” on their list of Top 100 hip hop singles of all time. Sure, militant Five Percenter beliefs (among other things) stirred controversy. Yet the music found here remains relevant and has stood the test of time. Besides, some of us miss the days when inflammatory rhetoric in hip hop could cause controversy.
Long out of print on vinyl, Traffic Entertainment now proudly presents this fresh pressing of one of hip hop’s most crucial releases. A moment in time captured in the grooves of the double vinyl pressing for the world to remember how great the genre can be.