30 years ago on Feb 3, 1993, Brand Nubian released their much anticipated follow-up to their 5 mic classic debut One For All. In God We Trust is being reissued on double black vinyl with a bonus 7-inch for the 30 year anniversary.
Because of creative differences, Brand Nubian as a trio was no more. Grand Puba went on as a solo artist while Lord Jamar and Sadat X (formerly Derek) kept the Brand Nubian name and released the amazing follow up In God We Trust. The album quickly silenced anyone who had any doubt that they would be able to follow up their debut classic, with another classic. And they did just that.
Allah U Akbar starts things off and was a clear sign that they were back in business in a very real way. Songs like Pass the Gat and Steady Bootlegging show the no nonsense style that that we have come to expect from the Nubians, while Love Me or Leave Me Alone surprised us all with how perfectly they blended the subject matter of woman and relationships, without it being corny. Black Star Line, The Travel Jam and Aint No Mystery all round out the album and are a perfect mix of cutting edge production and five percent subject matter.
The albums classic single Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down was what that truly lit the fire under everyones asses. The albums version of the song went hard but the remix-what appears in the music video-confirmed that THIS Brand Nubian were here to stay.
A1 Allah U Akbar
A2 Ain't No Mystery
A3 Meaning of the 5%
B1 Pass the Gat
B2 Black Star Line
B3 Allah and Justice
B4 the Godz
C1 the Travel Jam
C2 Brand Nubian Rock the Set
C3 Love Me or Leave Me Alone
C4 Steal Ya 'Ho
D1 Steady Bootleggin'
D2 Black and Blue
D3 Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down
A Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down (Single Mix)
B Love Me or Leave Me Alone (Remix)