Reel to Reel
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Studio album by Grand Puba


October 20, 1992


August 1991 - June 1992


Power Play Studios
(Long Island City, NY)
Chung King House of Metal
(Manhattan, NY)
The Hit Factory
(New York City, NY)


Hip hop, Conscious hip hop, East Coast hip hop






Dante Ross (exec.), The Brand New Heavies, DJ Shabazz, Grand Puba, Kid Capri, Latief, Stimulated Dummies, John Gamble, Geeby Dajani

Grand Puba chronology


2000 (1995)

Reel to Reel is the debut solo studio album by American rapper and Brand Nubian member Grand Puba. released in October 20, 1992 through Elektra Records. Recording sessions took place during August 1991 and June 1992 at Power Play Studios in Long Island City, Chung King House of Metal in Manhattan and at The Hit Factory in New York. It was his first solo venture after his work as a member of the groups Masters of Ceremony and Brand Nubian, with both group's debut albums being critically acclaimed but failing commercially. Reel to Reel was largely produced by Grand Puba himself, with additional production by Stimulated Dummies, Kid Capri, The Brand New Heavies, DJ Shabazz and Anthony Latief King.

The album peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200 and at #14 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in the United States. The album was preceded by two charted singles "360° (What Goes Around)" and "Check it Out". Its lead single, "360 (What Goes Around)", reached #68 on the Billboard Hot 100, #30 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and #1 on the Hot Rap Songs. The second single "Check It Out" featuring Mary J. Blige, made it to #85 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and #13 on the Hot Rap Songs. The album's third single "Ya Know How it Goes", was released in June 17, 1993 and did not make it to any Billboard charts.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Check tha Resume" Grand Puba Dixon Grand Puba 3:52
2. "360° (What Goes Around)" Grand Puba Dixon Grand Puba 4:02
3. "That's How We Move It" Grand Puba Dixon, Stanley DJ Shabazz 3:20
4. "Check it Out" Grand Puba, Mary J. Blige Dixon Grand Puba 3:33
5. "Big Kids Don't Play" Grand Puba Dixon Grand Puba 3:48
6. "Honey Don't Front" Grand Puba Dajani, Dixon, Gamble, Ross Grand Puba, Stimulated Dummies 4:09
7. "Lickshot" Grand Puba Dajani, Dixon, Gamble, Ross Grand Puba, Stimulated Dummies 4:35
8. "Ya Know How it Goes" Grand Puba Dixon Grand Puba 4:21
9. "Reel to Reel" Grand Puba Dixon, Donaldson Grand Puba 3:56
10. "Soul Controller" Grand Puba Dixon, King Latief 4:26
11. "Proper Education" Grand Puba Dixon Grand Puba 3:33
12. "Back it Up" Grand Puba, Kid Capri Dixon, Love Kid Capri, Grand Puba 3:52
13. "Baby What's Your Name?" - Dixon Grand Puba 2:56
14. "360° (What Goes Around) SD50 Remix" Grand Puba Dixon Stimulated Dummies 4:01
15. "Who Makes the Loot?" Grand Puba, The Brand New Heavies Bartholomew, Dixon, Kincaid, Levy The Brand New Heavies, Orlando Aguillen (co.) 3:26


  • Track 2 features bass performed by Anton Putchansky
  • Track 6 features bass and guitar performed by Roland Parkins

Samples[edit | edit source]

Check tha Resume

  • "Kool is Back" by Funk, Inc.
  • "I Love More Than Words Can Say" by Otis Redding

360 (What Goes Around)

  • "Tramp" by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas
  • "Don't Burn Down the Bridge" by Gladys Knight & the Pips

That's How We Move It

Check It Out

  • "Impeach the President" by The Honey Drippers
  • "Let Me Come on Home" by Otis Redding

Big Kids Don't Play

  • "Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)" by Johnnie Taylor

Honey Don't Front

  • "Soul" by S.O.U.L.
  • "Brother Soul" by Lou Donaldson
  • "I'll Say It Again" by Sweet Linda Divine


  • "Return of the Prodigal Son" by Byrdie Green
  • "The Apollo" by Jimmie Walker
  • "Indian Giver" by Mel Brown

Ya Know How It Goes

  • "Stick Buddy" by Nathan Davis
  • "Hard to Handle" by Patti Drew

Reel to Reel

  • "Ode to Billie Joe" by Lou Donaldson
  • "This Is for the Lover in You" by Shalamar

Soul Controller

  • "Ring the Alarm" by Tenor Saw

Back It Up

Baby What's Your Name?

  • "What's Goin' On" by Donny Hathaway
  • "Sunshine" by Alexander O' Neal

360 (What Goes Around) (SD50 Remix)

  • "Grab This Thing" by The Mar-Keys
  • "You Can Fly" by Sons of Champlin

Who Makes the Loot?

  • "The Way We Were / Try to Remember" by Gladys Knight & the Pips

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