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Brand Nubian One for All 25th Anniversary Mixtape

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By Wax Poetics

Brand Nubian One for All 25th Anniversary Mixtape
Brand Nubian One for All 25th Anniversary Mixtape


    On December 4th, 1990, Elektra Records put out Brand Nubian’s classic debut One for All. Upon the album’s release, the group garnered high levels of critical acclaim for the unique way in which their music twinned political consciousness with funky beats and playful bravado. To this day One for All still receives praise and is frequently cited in hip-hop texts and ‘top’ lists, all affirming the record’s landmark status.

    To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of One for All this month, our buddy Chris Read has crafted yet another dope mix of album tracks, alternate versions, remixes, and original sample material. Expect a heavy dose of James Brown, Steve Arrington, Edie & The New Bohemians, Ohio Players, The Last Poets, The Gap Band, and many others, blended into golden-era Brand Nubian. Enjoy!


    1. Ray, Goodman & Brown – ‘Another Day’ (Sampled in ‘Wake Up (Reprise in the Sunshine)’)
    2. Chris Read – ‘Theme #3’ (Scratchapella)
    3. Brand Nubian – ‘Wake Up (Reprise in the Sunshine)’
    4. Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians – ‘What I Am’ (Sampled in ‘Slow Down’)
    5. Kool & The Gang – ‘Kool It (Here Comes The Fuzz)’ (Loop) (Sampled in ‘Slow Down’)
    6. Brand Nubian – ‘Slow Down’
    7. Ohio Players – ‘Never Had A Dream’ (Loop) (Sampled in ‘Slow Down’)
    8. The Nite Liters – ‘Tanga Boo Gonk’ (Sampled in ‘Wake Up (Stimulated Dummies Mix)
    9. Brand Nubian – ‘Wake Up (Stimulated Dummies Mix)
    10. The Mar Keys – ‘Plantation Inn’ (Sampled in ‘Step to the Rear’)
    11. Big Daddy Kane – ‘Smooth Operator’ (Extract) (Sampled in ‘Step to the Rear’)
    12. Brand Nubian – ‘Step to the Rear’
    13. James Brown – ‘Funky President (People It’s Bad)’ (Sampled in ‘To the Right’)
    14. Brand Nubian – ‘To the Right’
    15. James Brown – ‘Can Mind’ (Sampled in ‘All for One’)
    16. James Brown – ‘All for One’ (Extract) (Sampled in ‘All for One’)
    17. Brand Nubian – ‘All for One’
    18. Kool & The Gang – ‘Jungle Jazz’ (Sampled in ‘Drop the Bomb’)
    19. Trouble Funk – ‘Drop the Bomb’ (Extract) (Interpolated in ‘Drop the Bomb’)
    20. Public Enemy – ‘Anti-Nigger Machine’ (Extract) (Sampled in ‘Drop the Bomb’)
    20. Brand Nubian – ‘Drop the Bomb’
    21. James Brown – Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud (Sampled in ‘Dedication’)
    22. Brand Nubian – ‘Dedication’
    23. The Gap Band – ‘Tommy’s Groove’ (Sampled in ‘Ragtime’)
    24. Brand Nubian – ‘Ragtime’
    25. Steve Arrington – ‘Nobody Can Be You’ (Sampled in Grand Puba, Positive & LG)
    26. Run-DMC – Here We Go (Live at the Funhouse) (Extract) (Sampled in Grand Puba, Positive & LG)
    27. Brand Nubian feat Positive K and L.G – ‘Grand Puba, Positive & L.G’
    28. Syl Johnson – Different Strokes (Loop) (Sampled in ‘Try to Do Me’)
    29. Brand Nubian – ‘Try to Do Me’
    30. Cameo – ‘Rigor Mortis’ (Sampled in ‘Brand Nubian’)
    31. Brand Nubian – ‘Brand Nubian’
    32. Parliament – ‘Flash Light’ (Extract) (Sampled in ‘Brand Nubian’)
    33. Cannonball Adderley Quintet feat Jesse Jackson – ‘Walk Tall’ (Sampled in ‘Concerto in X Minor’)
    34. Brand Nubian – ‘Concerto in X Minor’
    35. The Last Poets – ‘When the Revolution Comes (Extract) (Sampled in ‘Concerto in X Minor’)
    36. Earth, Wind & Fire – ‘Bad Tune’ (Sampled in ‘Dance to my Ministry’)
    37. Trouble Funk – ‘Pump me Up’ (Extract) (Sampled in ‘Dance to my Ministry’)
    37. Brand Nubian – ‘Dance to my Ministry’
    38. James Brown – ‘Popcorn with a Feeling’ (Sampled in ‘Who Can Get Busy Like This Man’)
    39. Brand Nubian – ‘Who Can Get Busy Like This Man’