Thursday November 9, 2023

07:00 PM - 9:30 pm

May The Lord Watch: The Little Brother Story
 follows the rise, breakup, and reunion of Little Brother, the critically acclaimed and widely influential Hip-Hop group from Durham, North Carolina.  A music documentary in the tradition of films like Beats Rhymes & LifeZappa, or 20 Feet From StardomMay the Lord Watch details the vast impact of the preeminent 2000s group, composed of rappers Phonte, Big Pooh and (formerly) producer 9th Wonder.

The heart of the documentary lies in the unraveling and reconciliation between members Phonte and Big Pooh. Their relationship begins in the wake of their challenging upbringings in the South, strains while coming of age together in the music industry, and resolves with an enduring friendship, as the two men reunite and record their 2019 album May the Lord Watch. Told through never before seen archival footage, contemporary vérité scenes, and interviews from the group’s members, peers, and family, the film’s story unfolds in intimate detail under the framework of a ‘UBN Made-for-TV Documentary’, riffing on the fictional UBN Network created through comedy sketches on Little Brother albums.

Directed by filmmaker Holland ‘vacay’ Gallagher and written by ‘Yoh’ Phillips (of Rap documentary studio ‘Rap Portraits’), the film includes a notable list of Hip-Hop’s most influential people – from Questlove and DJ Drama, to cultural critics, industry execs, and more.

When you meet someone at the Uber line at LAX rarely does it coalesce into a years-long, soul-searching and feature-length-documentary-creating endeavor, but so it happened with Phonte and I in 2018. Four years, two scrapped cuts, and a pandemic later, we’re rounding the corner on completing the project that will tell the Little Brother story once and for all. I don’t take that responsibility lightly and I hope our film reflects that.”  – Holland Randolph Gallagher 

Little Brother is a critically acclaimed hip-hop group from Durham, North Carolina. Credited as one of the first buzzing rap acts in the pre-streaming era of online message boards, Little Brother emerged during the new millennium renaissance of alternative rap in the early 2000s. Ranked among Rolling Stone’s “200 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums Of All Time“, Little Brother’s 2003 debut album The Listening helped pioneer “grown man” or “every man” rap, relating to the working-class and everyday person. The group’s members– rappers  Phonte and  Rapper Big Pooh –formed as college students at North Carolina Central University in 1998.

Over the course of their illustrious careers, Little Brother has worked with some of the biggest names in music: Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Lil’ Wayne, and many more. He also co-hosts the Questlove Supreme podcast alongside Questlove of The Roots. Pooh currently manages Dreamville artist Lute, and DJ’s under the moniker RPM. Outside of his work under Grammy-nominated soul outfit The Foreign Exchange, Phonte has written music for Sesame Street, AMC’s Sherman’s Showcase, and VH1’s The Breaks. Now recognized as one of Billboard’s “Greatest Rap Groups Of All Time“, Little Brother has helped bridge the gap between The Roots and Kendrick Lamar, A Tribe Called Quest and J. Cole, De La Soul and Drake.

In 2023, Little Brother celebrated the 20th anniversary of their debut album The Listening, starting with a sold out, four-city tour in March. The year-long celebration was eventua brought back to its roots with “Made In Durham: A Little Brother Block Party“.

Thursday November 09, 2023

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

All Ages

Cover: TBD

Little Brother, May The Lord Watch: The Little Brother Story, May The Lord Watch: The Little Brother Story at Eaton DC November 9 2023, WASHINGTON, Washington DC