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By the time Lighter Shade of Brown released their eponymous album in late 1997, they had run out of momentum and their music no longer had the freshness that it did on Brown & Proud. That said, the group was still capable of cutting some supremely engaging fusions of Latin rhythms and hip-hop, and there are a few tracks on the album — including the Rappin' 4-Tay duet "World Famous" — that kick like their old stuff, and that's what makes Lighter Shade of Brown worthwhile for long-time followers.


Formed: 1990 in Riverside, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s

Part of the early-'90s explosion of Latin rap, Lighter Shade of Brown (LSOB) was formed in Riverside, CA, in 1990, when the teenage ODM (One Dope Mexican, born Robert Gutierrez) was introduced to DTTX (Don't Try to Xerox, born Bobby Ramirez). The duo began cutting demos and secured a record deal within the year; they debuted with 1990's Brown and Proud for Quality Records hip-hop subsidiary Pump. Though they didn't break out on the level of Cypress Hill, the group garnered some positive reviews and...
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