Category: Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar: WE LOVE YOU [present tense]

26Aug

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I’m a lil late but I celebrate her artistry.8.25.98 Miseducation Drops & our musical world is immediately impacted. Eventually selling 19 million sold world wide. 19 MILLION. Lyricism spliced w/ Historical References, wordplay, & vocals that remain the standard. None of us can truly predict who we become within the shadow of success/fame. I love her forever. I love her “defecating on the mic like Nina Simone”. I love her “flippin in the ghetto on a dirty mattress”. I love the simple craving of acknowledging “I JUST WANT YOU AROUND” & I love hearing her in recent years remix the feeling of being a reFUGEE. I celebrate her voice & her bravery & the lasting effect that 14 tracks from a creative genius can have in the soul. WE LOVE YOU LAURYN [present tense]

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Top 10 Reasons to Revisit all things “Brown Sugar”

21Aug

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Brown Sugar Moments I LOVE!  “2002 Son Ren & Ten Taking Over” Look out World”! *drops Flex Bomb*

 

The film Brown Sugar was released in 2002. Fresh Radio started in October 2010 I started writing a culture column on the station’s site shortly thereafter. When we discussed the name for the column Brown Sugar was the first and last thing that came to mind. 8 years after the film had been released and it was still present in my thoughts. Lots about it it stayed with me. Lines, laughs, and love,there are lots of reasons the film appealed to me. I love Syd Shaw’s character and her love for hip hop. I started most of the interviews on the site in the same way that she does in the film as a hat tip to the character, “When did you fall in love with hip hop?”. I rewatched the Sanaa Lathan & Taye Diggs urban classic recently and remembered why I loved it.

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  • Hip Hop Dalmatians Bit as commentary on lames  – Such a good example of how wack gimmicks in commercial hip hop end up with a deal. I laugh and cringe  everytime I think of them. At a moment in hip hop where commercialism had taken root and “we” weren’t necessarily the ones greenlighting acts Ren & Ten represent corny hip hop at it’s worst. Acts that so easily got on because some A&R person thought they would “sell” smh. Mos Def’s faces in that 1st scene we meet them are sooooo funny. “Ren & Ten you know we represent that whole unity thing. He dont know dun sonnnnn,he don’t know”.
  • The opening sequence where iconic Hip Hop Artists sharing when they first fell in love with the art form is perfect.Have you read the Cast list? Sheesh so many hip hop greats involved in the project in some way. It was dope.
  • Mos Def’s character Cabbie being shy & adorable yet gutter. His comedic timing as an actor and his genuine love for hip hop came together perfectly. Him crushing Queen Latifah’s character is just YES!
  • The script is so well written in the way it compares hip hop w/ Syd Shaw’s 1st love w/ Dre to the way Hip Hop culture developed. It’s like they took I Used to Love H.E.R and made a love story out of it (or an entire film some could argue *sips tea*)

Quotes and Moments

  • ”It’s a massager…from Brookstone” hahahahaha
  • Dre describing the perfect woman- “You know Brown Sugar- a woman that’s fine, smart, classy but not a snob, hella hella sexy but not a hoe”. Ha
  • ”You wanna keep it real go to Rawkus we keep it profitable” <~ well damn if that aint the industry as a whole today *pours out liquor for Rawkus*
  • ”The union of hip hop to the main stream is  a hard thing to imagine “- Syd Shaw I struggle with this often when I see the companies built around rap with no love for the origins of the culture or blackness in general.
  • When Taina (Christina Vidal) from Nickelodeon made the hella small cameo as Sid’s assistant and all the 90s kids quietly cheered lol

“Like the grinch who stole hip hop, what you gon go back to whoville & give all the hip hop whos they  publishing? Cabbie laughing hard at Dre when he decides to leave Millennium Records

  • Dre & Cabbie’s back & forth throughout the film cracks me up. Realy good chemistry from Taye Diggs who is normally hella corny.
  • My fave description “the perfect verse over a tight beat”. If the dude puts that in the proposal or his vows I will have all the sappy tears and feels.
  • …like a rap coach? Like. A. Rap. Coach. Kelby (Boris Kodjoe) to Cabbie (Mos Def) while he’s spitting lyrics at the party.  

 

Music from the film or with Brown Sugar in it because I like how it soundsssss hearing my name on a track-

 

L.L. Cool J – Around The Way Girl

Mos Def – U Remind Me (Brown Sugar)

Black Star – Brown Sugar Raw

Erykah Badu f. Common “Love Of My Life”

 

Brown Sugar is written by Angie Cee (writer, actor, educator, vocalist)  for Fresh Radio- Follow online Facebook.com/BrownSugarOnFreshRadio IG @bkBrownSuga #BrownSugarApproved Email abitofbrownsugar@gmail.com for interviews, event coverage and more.

 

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Brown Sugar with Angie Cee (BK to QC) #Eargasms

3Aug

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EARGASMS SUPPLIED MONTHLY- Expectations of Sweat and nostalgia are mandatory *Girl 6 Voice*    – Angie Cee

 

Cup in hand, hips in motion, other hand in the air, eyes glued on DJ. I could be describing any night out in america except I’m not. Because at this event the DJ is spinning vintage hip hop and soul cuts while the 30 and over crew vibes out. There are a group of vinyl (repeat slowly viiinallll- the digital record’s grandma) loving music enthusiasts changing the landscape of nightlife. At these parties you’ll find folks rapping and singing along to classics from the 1970s- to the early 2000s, and on a good night they dance the steps as seen in the music video for their favorite song. It’s amazing and nothing like the typical club experience. My go to source for this experience is typically Fresh Radio’s Fresh Fridays in Virginia. But recently the Fresh Radio crew took a trip down to the A. On a hot July night  in Atlanta two deejays at the forefront of this music lovers movement combine superpowers. DJ Bee, Fresh Radio founder and creator of Fresh Fridays traveled down to celebrate DJ Jaycee’s (v103 & Fresh Radio)  birthday. The events was Eargasms: Cancer Season 2. Music & turntablism lovers were in the building for sure. Eargasms, Jaycee’s brainchild, is a monthly ode to good music and real deejaying held out at The Sound Table on Edgewood. While each month has a different theme partygoers can expect an amazing array of tunes from deep in the crate. You know the classic cuts. Jaycee was the featured guest last year at DJ Bee’s 40th Fresh Friday Birthday party so it was only right that Bee spin for Jaycee’s birthday this year.

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People gathered from all over the Atlanta Metro area, Charlotte, New Orleans, and of course VA and the event was packed wall to wall. Bee played everything from Biz Markie  to Nirvana to Michael Jackson while ATL’s DJ Applejac held down the mic. Some of those classic soul cuts Beesus spins end up being  extra familiar when the audience slowly realizes it’s the sample that a hip hop track is built around. For example, Bee played Creative Source’s  1975 joint “I Just Can’t See Myself Without You”  into Freeway’s “What We Do” which samples the 70s classic. What We Do is a Fresh Radio anthem by the way. The crowd of course went nuts. Moments like that involve, transition, thought, mixing, reading the crowd and more. For deejays like Jaycee and Bee this is what they breathe. They live for moments where they can teach a mini Hip Hop Soul history lesson without the crowd missing a beat. It’s magic and that night at Eargasms had so many moments like that.

 

Later in the night when the birthday guy took over the mic to thank the crowd and salute Bee he shared from the heart about his love for music and  the art of turntablism. I asked DJ Bee to describe how nights like that feel he responded “It’s always good to play in front of people that just want to hear me rock! Not expect me to play something or request, but trust me to keep them moving and happy enough to forget their troubles temporarily!”. That pretty much sums it up. If either of these events are happening in your area be sure to get your tickets. And if the TWO of them are ever rocking the tables TOGETHER get your tickets EARLYYYYYY and make sure your phone is charged lol . It’s great to know that those born in the 60s, 70s and 80s can find an outlet to party, rap, dance, laugh, and sing off key loudly with like minded folks. Eargams and Fresh Fridays provide a very necessary alternate nightlife experience for people. For more info on either event series check the links below.

 

Event Info- https://www.facebook.com/EargasmsATL & http://itsfreshradio.com/events/

 

Follow- DJ Bee on twitter/IG @djbeeonline Jaycee twitter @djjaycee

 

Brown Sugar is written by Angie Cee for Fresh Radio- Twitter @abitofbrownsuga IG @bkbrownsuga Email abitofbrownsugar@gmail.com for event coverage, interview requests and more.

 

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