Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar

     
 
Neo-soul and hip-hop fans alike will rejoice in the Brown Sugar soundtrack, which features new songs from an all-star cast of artists including Jill Scott, Mos Def, Angie Stone, and the Roots. The film is an urban romance starring Taye Diggs (How Stella Got Her Groove Back) as a successful music executive

Overview

Neo-soul and hip-hop fans alike will rejoice in the Brown Sugar soundtrack, which features new songs from an all-star cast of artists including Jill Scott, Mos Def, Angie Stone, and the Roots. The film is an urban romance starring Taye Diggs (How Stella Got Her Groove Back) as a successful music executive and Sanaa Lathan (Love & Basketball) as a revered music critic, and the soundtrack reflects the characters' passion for each other and for hip-hop. The song that most poignantly captures that connection is "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)," appropriately featuring kindred spirits Erykah Badu and Common. Other standout tracks include Stone's gospel-tinged "Bring Your Heart," Scott's endearing "Easy Conversation," and Rahsaan Patterson's Prince-ly ballad "You Make Life So Good." From start to finish, the well-produced Brown Sugar satisfies with a soon-to-be classic collection of sweet contemporary soul music.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The soundtrack album to the 2002 film about a hip-hop-centered romance has 15 songs by a wide variety of the music's veterans and more recently emerged talents. Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, and Eric B. & Rakim are some of the better-known contributors on a compilation that mixes neo-soul and harder hip-hop styles. In the neo-soul bag, there's Jill Scott, whose romantic "Easy Conversation" is one of the better selections. Jazz/R&B crossover singer Cassandra Wilson covers Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time," while the Roots offer some of the harder beats and scratching on the remix of "Act Too (Love of My Life)." On the whole it's an adequate sampler of some early 21st century hip-hop sounds, leaning toward the more pop-accessible segment of the genre.
Vibe
Like a genie emerging from a spiral of incense smoke, the Brown Sugar soundtrack is a conscious son's or daughter's musical daydream come true. Laura Checkoway 1/2

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811302825
catalogNumber:
113028
Rank:
119484

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Poyser   Keyboards
Raphael Saadiq   Bass
Erykah Badu   Vocals

Technical Credits

David Gates   Producer
DJ Hi-Tek   Arranger,Producer
Kenny Whitehead   Producer
James Poyser   Producer,drum programming
Raine Shine   Remixing
Rakim   Producer
John Rowe   Administration
Angie Stone   Producer
Scott Spencer Storch   Producer,Remixing
Rahsaan Patterson   Producer
Raphael Saadiq   Producer
Eric B.   Producer
Erykah Badu   Producer
Missy Elliott   Producer
Rashad Smith   Contributor,drum programming,Cut
Tom Cavanaugh   Business Consultant
Tom Sarig   Producer
Chief Xcel   Producer
Andre Harris   Producer
Barry Cole   Producer
Kanye West   Producer
Jeanne Venton   Administration
Vidal Davis   Producer
Henri Charlemagne   Producer
Robert Hill   Executive Producer

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