Brand Nubian scored gold in 1990 with their conscious rap classic, All For One. The duo of Sadat X and Lord Jamar then shocked the world when they stepped up after lead rapper Grand Puba departed from the group and slapped fans in the face with cold brick of 5 Percenter knowledge that was their incredible and rugged sophomore LP, In God We Trust. But when they returned in 1994 with Everything Is Everything, everything was everything...except all good.
The barely mediocre disc had a few passable moments, but nothing could hide the fact that the album was a bizarre attempt by the duo to reinvent themselves as gangster rappers and adopt a West Coast sound that was popular at the time. And the Nubs blatant jack of Simply Red's soft "I Keep Holding Back The Years" on "Hold On" was deemed an unforgivable move by fans. The Godz must've been crazy, indeed.