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      Lil Brother Launches Tour
      Critically Acclaimed Hip-Hop Trio Little Brother Set to Kick Off North American Tour; ABB/Atlantic Group to Join Fort Minor on the Road
      Tuesday January 17, 4:28 pm ET

      NEW YORK, NY--(MARKET WIRE)--Jan 17, 2006 -- ABB/Atlantic recording group Little Brother has announced the first leg of dates for their highly anticipated North American tour. The itinerary -- which sees the North Carolina hip-hop trio supporting Fort Minor -- follows the group's critically acclaimed 2005 Atlantic debut, "THE MINSTREL SHOW."

      The tour kicks off January 28 in Minneapolis at First Quest Club and continues into February (see attached itinerary). The group is also scheduled to make a special pre-tour stop at New York City's Nokia Theatre on January 26, sharing the stage with MF Doom, Big Daddy Kane, Pete Rock, Lord Swear and Jin.

      "Lovin' It," the first single from "THE MINSTREL SHOW," premiered on MTV's "Advanced Warning" in August, was part of Spankin' New Music's "Discover and Download," and was the #11 most played video on MTV2. The group performed on mtvU's Woodies awards show in November. "Lovin' It" also made a major impact at radio, peaking at #1 on the Rap Attack chart and #2 on the CMJ Hip-Hop chart.

      "THE MINSTREL SHOW" received top critical praise: USA Today gave the album four out of four stars, Scratch Magazine a 10 out of 10 rating, XXL Magazine an "XL" rating, and The Source an astounding four and a half out of five mics.

      Since officially coming together as a trio back in 2001, Little Brother has been hailed as among hip-hop's most provocative and ingenious groups. They struck an instant chord within the rap community, garnering praise from the likes of Pete Rock and the Roots, as well as catching the ears of Jay-Z, who recruited 9th Wonder to craft tracks for both himself and Destiny's Child. 9th Wonder has gone on to produce a wide array of artists, including Mary J. Blige, Memphis Bleek, Jean Grae, Masta Ace, and Buckshot, among others.

      (Supporting Fort Minor)
      2006 Tour

      Date City Venue
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      Jan 26 New York, NY Nokia Theater in Times Square *
      Jan 28 Minneapolis, MN First Quest Club
      Jan 29 Chicago, IL House of Blues
      Jan 31 Detroit, MI Clutch Cargo
      Feb 1 Toronto, Ontario Phoenix Concert Theatre
      Feb 2 Buffalo, NY Icon **
      Feb 3 Boston, MA Avalon
      Feb 4 Providence, RI Lupo's At The Strand
      Feb 9 Atlanta, GA The Roxy
      Feb 10 Washington, DC Nation
      *Pre-Fort Minor date. Appearing with MF Doom, Big Daddy Kane, Pete Rock, Lord Swear and Jin.

      ** Headlining date. Fort Minor will support.

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      Little Brother's "Too Intelligent" Says BET, Network Responds To Allegation

      With Little Brother's The Minstrel Show hitting stores next week, has heard BET is refusing to air the album's first video, "Lovin' It" because it is "too intelligent for the BET audience."

      The video begins with a delivery truck dropping boxes labeled "gangsta," "backpackers," "earthy" and "icy" onto a street. The rest of the clip mostly sees LB and Joe Scudda, who is also featured on the song, performing in front of a capacity crowd. The clip also pokes fun at the Hip-Hop subgenres by depicting overly exaggerated backpacker and gangsta characters in the audience. "Lovin' It" also jokingly features typical scenes with Big Pooh sitting next to champagne-sipping models in the venue's VIP section while LB's entourage pop bottles. The video concludes with a car running through the boxes dropped on the street earlier.

      The statement of the video being "too intelligent for the BET audiece" was discussed recently on Columbia University's college radio station, 89.9, on the "Squeeze Radio" show. On the show they said the statement was made verbatim by the program director from BET to one of the Atlantic records label reps. This information was obtainmed directly from LB's 9th Wonder. contacted several officials at BET, including their vice president Stephen Hill, their program director, and publicist, Michael Llewellen who offered this response.

      "It's not true, not in that context. BET reserves the right to show or not to show music videos of any type based on the network's own standards and decision-making processes," Llewellyn told

      When questioned further as to whether the words "too intelligent for the BET audience" was used, Llewellen did not respond. Atlantic Records has refused to comment.

      The LB incident doesn't mark the first time BET has allegedly banned underground artists from its video rotation. In December 2004, reported that BET snubbed De La Soul's "Shopping Bags" video and The Beatnuts' "Find Us (In the Back of the Club)" clip featuring Akon.

      In a meeting with BET heads, De La reportedly said BET told them they "weren't relevant to the BET audience" while The Beatnuts were told that "BET doesn't break new artists." The Beatnuts had previously garnered heavy rotation for videos like "Off The Books" from 1997's Stone Crazy, "Watch Out Now" from 1999's A Musical Massacre and "No Escapin This" off 2001's Take It or Squeeze It.

      The network has also been under fire from the black community for cutting its news coverage to make room for more videos in the past few years. Recently, the community has been frustrated with BET for its failure to cover the Hurricane Katrina's crisis.

      Little Brother's The Minstrel Show featuring "Lovin' It" hits stores September 13th
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