“You are the perfect verse over a tight beat”… Dre – Brown Sugar.
At the turn of the millennium, a gem of a film was released, produced by the great Magic Johnson. Brown Sugar is the story of a friendship between two hip hop lovers and enthusiasts. A stellar cast held down the acting; Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Mos Def, Queen Latifah, Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe. The writing was on point, but I felt that Brown Sugar was treated more as a film instead of a Hip Hop or a Black movie. The pacing of the film suffers at times (mostly in the 3rd act).
Not only is this movie a must, but one should also check out the amazing soundtrack, which fuses the finest Hip Hop with the smoothest R&B. The album also spawned a song that won a Grammy Award for best R&B song, “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)” by Erykah Badu and Common.
The movie and the OST, should both be checked out, since they’re equally banging. So when did you fall in love with Hip Hop?
“For many people Hip Hop was that 1st friend, the 1st to talk to us, the 1st to understand, Hip Hop has always been kind of a friend to me and like any relationship, I’ve watched it grow, I’ve watched it change.”…
Sid – Brown Sugar
- Acting 88% 88%
- Directing 85% 85%
- Writing / Screenplay 90% 90%
- Cinematography 80% 80%
- Set / Sound Design 80% 80%