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Brown Sugar [Content/Copy-Protected CD]

Robert Hurst Audio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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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 (The Love Of My Life)(Remix)
13. Never Been
14. Brown Sugar (Fine)
15. You Changed

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Smooth music devoid of flash but rich in vintage hip-hop and soul dominates the accompaniment to this urban love story. Mary J. Blige's "Never Been" pulses like a gentle lullaby ode to desire, and Jill Scott's "Easy Conversation" flutters with her sultry, airy voice and mellow strumming. Angie Stone's "Bring Your Heart" pulses with lazy piano countermelody and honey-sweet vocals, while Cassandra Wilson's take on Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" is understated and folkish. Mos Def provides an edge to several tracks--"Breakdown," featuring fadeaway horns, and the "fine," fiercely rhymed version of "Brown Sugar." On a similarly uptempo bent, the Roots add in funky echoes and stutters to "Act Too (Love of My Life)," Black Star's "raw" version of "Brown Sugar" is sharp-tongued, and Eric B. & Rakim's sample-happy "Paid in Full" is a sprawling trip down old-school hip-hop's memory lane. Yet for all of its nods to the past, Brown Sugar sounds distinctly modern. Instead of just rehashing the past, its artists celebrate the spirit of bygone days with warm affection and loving care, which envelops the soundtrack in a cohesive and comforting glow. --Annie Zaleski

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmph, some copy-protected CD... April 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
Various Artists - Brown Sugar Soundtrack (MCA, 2002)
I reviewed this album already but I just want to comment on the fact that my album also said "Copy-Protected CD". I put it in my computer, it started playing in a little program. But I closed that program, pressed "Record" on my Musicmatch program and the songs copied to my computer instantly. I played those tracks from the computer: no scratches, weird sounds, etc. I guess the now defunct MCA Records meant, "certain CD's are copy-protected", trying to get people not to copy from it, use it to share on KaZaA or Soulseek, or (heaven forbid) use certain tracks to make compilations out of. Nice try.
P.S. To answer another reviewer's question, D'Angelo's "Brown Sugar" isn't on this soundtrack because that song has to do with rolling trees. But there are other songs that should have been on this soundtrack that were actually featured in the movie like India.Arie's "Get It Together" and Blackalicious' "Nowhere Fast". That would have made this soundtrack better. -EJR
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1.0 out of 5 stars Copy protection VERY problematic May 27 2003
Format:Audio CD
I knew I wouldn't be able to copy selected songs to my PDA for my own private use when I purchased this CD so I have no complaints about that aspect of the copy-protection. I didn't expect to have a hard time playing it on a computer, however. The 'player' that's supposed to launch when you insert the CD into your drive is adequate *when* it plays. It took awhile to get the player and CD to do their thing the first time but it did eventually play. I had to restart my computer in order to use my standard player for other CDs and no CD is worth that much trouble. When I tried a second time the CD just plain wasn't recognized so I tried it on another computer and that CD drive completely disappeared from 'My Computer', the CD never loaded and now I'm wondering what kind of re-configuring I have to do there. And, guess what - it also proves occasionally problematic on my new CD player which supports mp3s. I'm not a computer newbie and it's not a matter of my not understanding. This is way beyond a minor inconvenience.
The copy protection has so soured me on this soundtrack I kinda loathe it and shy away from attempting to play it. From what I've heard, it's pretty good, maybe worth a 3.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Playback Problems Jan. 30 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
22 Year old from Grand Cayman
Hey saw this CD on the net and thought the CDs was going to be off the hook. So I order on line and, purchased it thinking, I could play it in my vehicle. When I got the CD, first thing I did, was put it in and, guest what? The CD has playback problems, I cant change the tracks and the only thing it will allow me to do is listen to it from the 1st song and if I don’t like that track IM stuck cause that’s it. So for all you vehicle music loves, be cautious. I looked the CD cartridge over and, noticed that the sellers obviously knows that they have faults, its marked in finely written letters that playback problems may be experienced, and if you experience playback problems return the disc for a full refund. Now I would normally say ok and, return the CD. However, IM in Grand Cayman which is in the Caribbean and the money I spent to get the darn thing here cost me more than the CD, and to send it back for even half would be another costly expenditure. Therefore, IM left with a faulty CD. Hear the word “Caution� oh yeah I had to give it a rating but one is too much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bubblin Brown Suga! Dec 6 2002
Format:Audio CD
The upcoming film "Brown Sugar" looks like it's gonna be great. Hip Hop is now out of it's adolescence stage and it's time for a movie based on the ups and downs that this art form has gone through. What looks to be great in this movie is how they use metaphors of a relationship to relate to hip hop and the changes that it's been through. So you know I was expecting the soundtrack to be off da heezy fo sheezy. They definitely came with a power packed lineup of true hip/hop representers. Mos Def is featured 3 times on this CD. What's interesting about his appearances is that you can tell these are like actually songs IN the movie because he's rappin under a different name. Also It's a little more aggressive then his natural style. I knew he was gonna be prominent in the movie but I can't wait now. The first cut is him with Faith Evans, a nice intro to the CD. The second cut "Love Of My Life" is the definitive jam of this CD. It features Ms. Badu and Common, produced by Raphael Saadiq. See back in 94, when Common was known as Common Sense, he had this cut on his "Resurrection" project called "I Used To Love H E R". To make a long story short the song is about a dude who feel in love with Hip Hop when he was 10 and fell out of love when Hip Hop became commercial. But the kicker is he uses a woman to represent Hip Hop. Tighttttttt. Well "Love Of My Life" is like a follow up to that song and it shows how everyone from that age frame is now falling back in love with hip hop. In this Badu speaks of Hip Hop as a dude. It's a great concept and is essentially what the movie will be about as well. Angie Stone's cut "Bring Your Heart" is nice. Typically artistic soundtrack song. BlackStar "coorrrrdinatesss" the second Brown Sugar remix on the CD. Pretty hype flow from these brothas. Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars Warning! Copy Protected CD May Not Work In Your Player
I loved the movie and had to have the soundtrack. Unfortunatly, when I got it home, I could not get it to play in my stereo's CD player! Won't work on my computer either! Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2003 by "jah-rasta"
1.0 out of 5 stars Copy Protection, what a joke.
I purchased this cd as a gift for a friend before I knew she unly listens to cd's in her computer. After we recieved it and found out that it did not play I simply downloaded... Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Brown Suga Loves Hip Hop
If you see the movie it talks about how Hip Hop has lost it's way from how it started out and this album takes you back to that old school sound. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2003 by Susana Sandoval
2.0 out of 5 stars ...but its a strong two
Honestly, I should have just bought Erykah Badu's 'Love of my Life' as a single. And what a wonderful 'single' it is. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2003 by catboyzee
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good, but not great.
I think I had overly high expectations of this soundtrack. A friend with similar music tastes told me it was it "off da hook" so I expected it to be real tight. Read more
Published on July 30 2003 by John H Euell
4.0 out of 5 stars watch the movie
the music is good, but it makes the movie great. Don't try to copy or daownload it though cause it won't work. It's a good mix of soul and hip hop.
Published on July 29 2003 by "classycat"
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Mix of R&B and Hip Hop
For those of you who enjoy both Hip-Hop and R&B, you will enjoy this soundtrack. It has smooth melodic songs from R&B queens such as Angie Stone, Jill Scott and Mary J. Read more
Published on May 14 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Why not D'Angelo
The first song that came to mind when I thought of songs that would be on the Brown Sugar soundtrack was the song Brown Sugar by D'Angelo. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie was better than the music
I loved the movie but the music was okay but it was a hit and miss. Some songs you could play over and over and others you wondered what the heck were they thinking when they... Read more
Published on Dec 3 2002 by Tanisha
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