Brown Sugar CD (2002)

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From the year’s hottest film release, comes the ultimate musical love letter to hip-hop. Brown Sugar Original Music From The Motion Picture boasts an all-star line-up including Erykah Badu, Mary J.Blige, Common, Mos Def, The Roots, Jill Scott and more, with a collective star power exceeding 30 million in cumulative sales. The album features thirteen tracks of new music, plus one classic. Directed by Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood),the highly-acclaimed film stars Taye Diggs (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Best Man)and Sanaa Lathan (Love & Basketball, Disappearing Acts, The Best Man).

It ’s a compelling and edgy story of friendship,faith and love amid the birth and rise of hip-hop music and culture.


Label Mca/mca Nashville/mercury Nash
SKU 60569207
UPC 008811302825
UPC 14 00008811302825
Format CD
Release Date 9/24/2002
Author Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work California Dreams
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
Producer Chief X-Cel; David Gates; Eric B.; Erykah Badu; Tom Sarig; Kenny Whitehead; Hi-Tek; Henri Charlemagne; James Poyser; Kanye West; Missy Elliott; Andre Harris; Angie Stone; Rahsaan Patterson; Rakim; Raphael Saadiq; Scott Spencer Storch; Vidal Davis; Barry
CatalogID 113028
Lable Name MCA
Released 09/24/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 63m : 49s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00008811302825
Album Notes and Credits
"Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip)" (Erykah Badu & Common) won the 2003 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.
"Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip)" (Erykah Badu & Common) was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Urban/Alternative Performance and Best Song Written For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media.
Personnel: Erykah Badu (vocals); James Poyser (keyboards, drum programming); Rashad Smith (drum programming).
Audio Mixers: Jason Goldstein; DJ Hi-Tek; Bob Power.
Audio Remixers: Raine Shine; Scott Spencer Storch.
Recording information: Teklab, Inc., Cincinnati, OH.
Unknown Contributor Role: Rashad Smith.
Arranger: DJ Hi-Tek.
For a film described as the African-American "When Harry Met Sally," this movie's music producers tapped into a wellspring of neo-soul rather than the Sinatra-like flavorings of Harry Connick, Jr. The result is BROWN SUGAR, a soundtrack packed with a dizzying array of talent drawn from the worlds of soul, hip-hop, and jazz. Among the many highlights are the sensual Erykah Badu/Common duet "Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop)," prodded along by light beats and feather-light organ fills, Angie Stone's sanctified "Bring Your Heart" and Jill Scott's wispy "Easy Conversation."
Other tasty sounds include the Roots' hard-edged remix of "Act Too (Love Of My Life)," Eric B. and Rakim's classic "Paid In Full (7 Minutes Of Madness Coldcut Remix)," and Cassandra Wilson's delicate cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time." Most impressive is renaissance man Mos Def, who takes time off from starring in the movie to appear on three versions of the title cut: a juicy "Extra Sweet" duet with Faith Evans, a jittery "Raw" take with Talib Kweli (aka Black Star), and a bouncy "Fine" solo turn.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (10/18/02, p.115) - "...A bounty of warm neo-soul and cool rap..." - Rating: B
Vibe (11/02, p.158) - "...This wholehearted collection offers enough good music to keep on keepin' on..."
Disc 1
1 Brown Sugar (Extra Sweet)
2 Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)
3 Bring Your Heart
4 Brown Sugar (Raw)
5 Easy Conversation
6 It's Going Down
7 Breakdown
8 You Make Life So Good
9 Time After Time
10 Paid in Full
11 No One Knows Her Name
12 Act Too (Love of My Life)
13 Never Been
14 Brown Sugar (Fine)
15 You Changed

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