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Album Review

Latino rappers have ranged from pop-oriented (Gerardo) to hardcore (Cypress Hill, Tha Mexikinz). Debuting with Brown and Proud, Lighter Shade of Brown made it clear that they fell into the latter category. The title says it all — the L.A. group wears its Mexican-American heritage like a badge of honor on this promising CD, and in doing so, is usually quite substantial. Most of the material is superb, including "El Varrio" (a no-nonsense description of how tough life can be in L.A.'s working-class Hispanic neighborhoods), "T.J. Nights," and "Pancho Villa" (which salutes the Mexican rebel). Brown and Proud wasn't as commercially successful as some of Brown's subsequent work, but in Chicano rap circles, the group commanded some well-deserved respect.

Customer Reviews


First of all these vatos are the pioneers of Chicano Rap. Because of these vatos we have a lot of great Chicano rappers. Because of them Chicano Rap is actually a genre of hip-hop. I give them lots of props for standing up and blending their culture into hip-hop. They opened the doors for great Chicano rappers such as Cypress Hill, Lil' Rob, NB Ridaz, Mr. Shadow & Baby Bash. Ok, now about the album. This album is a classic. Lighter Shade of Brown went back to their mexican roots and brought it on this album. I recommend the songs "On A Sunday Afternoon" & "Brown and Proud" "On A Sunday Afternoon" is a classic. Either buy the album or just that one song because that song is the bomb!

Back in the Day

This album brings back so many memories! Growning up at the start and the true hype of Chicano Hip-Hop. To me I remember feeling proud to be Chicano and cruising to my music. Not the typical rap that was hitting the mainstream at the time, but the music that our Raza our People where expressing themselves with. Even in todays evolution of the Genra we don't hear the same enthusiasm and heart felt grooves that Lighter Shade of Brown, and Kid Frost got us rolling with! I will always remember the Parks and the Strip bumbing with these jams in the summer time. On a Sunday afternoon.

True Stuff..

these guys spit better verses than Lil Rob and Capone-e.. why did these guys stop releasing stuff?


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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