William Brewster "Maxwell" Dixon III (born March 4, 1966), better known by his stage name Grand Puba, is an American rapper from New Rochelle, New York. He is best known as a member of Brand Nubian. Dixon made his debut with the group Masters of Ceremony, which disbanded after the release of their 1988 album Dynamite due to a lack of sales. He later emerged as the lead emcee of Brand Nubian but left the group after the release of their 1990 debut album One for All after disputes with the other members. He embarked on a successful solo career but rejoined Brand Nubian sometime in 1997. He released his latest solo album, Retroactive, in 2009.