“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey
Every Thursday here on Quitetrillworldwide we are doing a throwback Thursday. We will pick a jam from the past in any genre and give you some info that you may not have known before about that artist.
Patrick Brown aka Sleepy Brown was born in Savanna Georgia and grew up in Fayetteville, Ga near Atlanta. He naturally gravitated to ATL where his creativity grew. He was born into soul and funk, his father Jimmy Brown played sax and flute as a member of the 70s funk band “Brick.” Sleepy made his name as one-third of Organized Noize Productions. ONP were major architects of the ATL sound and produced hits for Outkast, Goodie Mob and the Dugeon Family collective. The Dungeon family wasn’t the first hip hop outfit out of Atlanta to make noise. But they were the first out of Atlanta to blow up with an original sound. The ONP sound drew heavily on the soul, funk and blues sound of the south. Sleepy was often mistaken for Curtis Mayfield because of his soulful falsetto voice. While Sleepy made a name for himself from guest appearances on some of the biggest records out of Atlanta, he needed an outlet for the classic soul music that channeled through him.
Sleepy’s Theme was the perfect outlet for him. The group only released one album “The Vinyl Room”, the album was released on a small indie label and it’s hard to find now but it is truly a classic album. Released in 1998, The Vinyl Room was a precursor to the neosoul era that gained prominence in the early 2000s. As soulful as Vinyl Room is it has a heavy hip hop theme.
During the late 90s Pimp C of UGK was living in Atlanta and naturally would cross paths and work with the Dungeon Family. It was a no-brainer for true southern hip hop fans that Pimp would mix his funk & gospel influence with the soulful funk of ONP specifically Sleepy. Pimp and Sleepy both have the most soulful falsettos heard in music since Curtis Mayfield. “Simply Beautiful” sticks out like a sore thumb on The Vinyl Room album and is rooted in the southern hip hop sound or as Pimp would say “country rap tunes!”