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In God We Trust

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Brand Nubian 22//1993

Review

When pre-album single "Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down" was issued -- along with its violence-laced video -- it was clear that Brand Nubian would not be the same minus Grand Puba. It was a safe bet that In God We Trust wouldn't have attempted any new jack swing crossovers or tie-dyed imagery. Though the makeover is drastic, it is convincing, with Lord Jamar and Sadat X stepping up with some of the era's fiercest, most intense rhymes, a higher percentage of which referenced the likes of Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, Marcus Garvey, and self-defense by any means necessary. Multiple, indefensible homophobic taunts and the silly "Steal Ya 'Ho" aside (did they really think the use of the two words was so necessary?), In God We Trust is nearly faultless, packed with rumbling acoustic basslines, Jeep-rattling breakbeats, and rhymes written and delivered with a great deal of hunger and an equal amount of self-assuredness -- as if to say, "No, Brand Nubian was never Grand Puba and a couple sidekicks." The Diamond D-produced "Punks" outshines everything else, but the group more than holds its own as a self-contained production team. Had a high-profile beat maker been responsible for "The Godz...," "Pass the Gat," or "Brand Nubian Rock the Set," they'd certainly be present in his or her highlight reel. ~ Andy Kellman
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Allah U Akbar Brand Nubian 4:47
  3. 2 Ain't No Mystery Brand Nubian 4:21
  4. 3 Meaning of the 5% Brand Nubian 2:51
  5. 4 Pass the Gat Brand Nubian 3:21
  6. 5 Black Star Line Brand Nubian 5:3
  7. 6 Allah and Justice Brand Nubian 2:10
  8. 7 The Godz... Brand Nubian 3:47
  9. 8 The Travel Jam Brand Nubian 3:51
  10. 9 Brand Nubian Rock the Set Brand Nubian 4:4
  11. 10 Love Me or Leave Me Alone Brand Nubian 4:32
  12. 11 Steal Ya 'Ho Brand Nubian 3:49
  13. 12 Steady Bootleggin' Brand Nubian 3:48
  14. 13 Black and Blue Brand Nubian 4:0
  15. 14 Punks Jump up to Get Beat Down Brand Nubian 4:23

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