Rapper Big Pooh (born Thomas Jones III) is a solo rapper and member of the supergroup Little Brother, alongside rapper Phonte and producer 9th Wonder. The North Carolina native met Phonte and 9th Wonder while all three were attending North Carolina Central University, and upon realizing each others talent and passion for music, the decision to form a group was made. After seeing local success, an independent deal spawned the hit Atari 2600, which quickly garnered the group a hardcore following. In 2003, they release their critically acclaimed debut album The Listening. While working on the sophomore effort for Little Brother, the members took time to launch their solo careers as well. Big Pooh released his debut Sleepers in 2005. Months later, Little Brother’s next album The Minstrel Show was released to high praise but low record sales. By 2006, 9th Wonder made the decision to leave the group, but Big Pooh and Phonte continued as Little Brother. The duo ultimately decided to leave their label home at Atlantic Records because of the commercial failure of The Minstrel Show, and went on to release two more albums before making the decision to disband in 2010. In the years following, Big Pooh continued his solo career, while also dabbling in sports commentary. The rapper, a self-professed sports fanatic, launched an NBA podcast and added NCAA commentary on popular basketball website, SLAM Online. To date, Rapper Big Pooh has released over a dozen solo projects.

Big Pooh: I'm good, I'm good. It got a little breezy on me out here. You know what I mean?
Slick W: How's your experience been so far?
Big Pooh: It's been cool. This is my like my fourth, fifth year here. This is the first thing I've done since I've been down here this year, but it's pretty cool. You know what I'm saying?
Slick W : How's the current music situation? What do you got going on?
Big Pooh: I'm about to put out Fat Boy Fresh, Volume 2. That's the second installment of my Fat Boy Fresh series, November 20th.
Slick W: That's my birthday.
Big Pooh: That's what's up. That's what's up. I'm just working on that, man, and helping a couple of artists. Helping to develop a couple of artists. That's all I'm working on right now.
Slick W: All right. You talk to Fontay at all lately?
Big Pooh: Nah, I haven't. I see him out there doing his thing but nah, we haven't spoke.
Slick W: Okay. No doubt. Have you run into 9th Wonder today at all? Is that something you're not looking forward to?
Big Pooh: I just don't think about it. You know what I'm saying? I'm just out here, just hustling, and networking, and meeting up with people, and introducing myself to people that I don't know, and vice versa, so that's just what I'm down here for. That's my focus.
Slick W: Boom When are you going to be in Tampa again?
Big Pooh: I don't know, man. I'm trying to make that happen. I haven't been down to Tampa in a couple of years. I enjoy Florida, all different parts of Florida, so I definitely want to get back down there.
Slick W: All right. Anything else you want to let the people know about?
Big Pooh: Fat Boy Fresh, Volume 2. It's coming. November 20th. Yeah.
Yeah, check it out, it's the rapper Big Pooh, and right now you're checking out Rap Solution magazine. Should out to my man Slick Worthington. I love the name. Slick Worthington.

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