Leaders of the New School
Leaders of the New School


Long Island, New York, U.S.


Hip hop

Years active



Elektra Records

Associated acts

A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, Rumpletilskinz

Past members

Leaders of the New School was an American hip hop group from Long Island, New York. The group was composed of Charlie Brown, Dinco D, Cut Monitor Milo, and Busta Rhymes. They first gained recognition when they were chosen as an opening act for hip hop group Public Enemy, with Public Enemy's frontman Chuck D giving Charlie Brown and Busta Rhymes their stage names. After appearing on A Tribe Called Quest's 1991 song "Scenario", Leaders of the New School became associated with the Native Tongues. Their debut album A Future Without a Past... was also released in 1991, with their second and final album, T.I.M.E., being released two years later. 

As time passed, fans and critics began to focus less on Leaders of the New School as a group, and more on Busta Rhymes as an individual. During an infamous appearance on Yo! MTV Raps, the group was seen arguing, with Charlie Brown becoming upset over Busta Rhymes' fame. The group ended up disbanding later in 1994.

After the disassembly of the group, Busta Rhymes' popularity continued to increase, while the other members of the group became unsuccessful. The group made an appearance on Busta Rhymes' 1996 solo debut album The Coming, on the song "Keep It Movin'", and would be the last time they would collaborate as a group.


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