This week has been a celebration of Big Boi's record label Purple Ribbon. The R&B artists signed to Purple Ribbbon include Scar, Janelle Monae and of course Sleepy Brown. SOHH Soulful saved one of the best for last. Enjoy your weekend.
From an interview with Sleep Brown:
For as much as heâ€™s contributed to the careers of Outkast and the scope of hip hop and urban music period, Sleepy should be writing award acceptance speeches on the regular, but obviously it hasnâ€™t happened that way for him. Sure, people groove to his sound of his voice and move and memorize his melodies. But heâ€™s still shied away from by labels at the end of the day.
â€œâ€™Cause labels are scared, itâ€™s the truth,â€ says Sleepy when asked why labels didnâ€™t jump at a chance to sign a proven artist and producer, like himself, who is responsible for some of the funkiest songs known to mankind. â€œItâ€™s not about grooming an artist anymore its about getting that first hit, if you donâ€™t get that first hit you can forget it. Back in the day it was about building an artist until they blew up because they had a five year contract with them. But now, if you ainâ€™t jumping out the gate they will drop your ass quick.â€
After toiling for years with out a functional record deal, the stars have finally aligned in Sleepyâ€™s favor. Newly signed to Big Boiâ€™s Purple Ribbon Entertainment imprint, he is poised to release his long awaited major release entitled Mr. Brown. The album is a modernized mixture of what you heard from his work as one-fifth Society of Soul on their 1996 album Brainchild and 1999â€™s The Vinyl Room with his then-band Sleepyâ€™s Theme.
â€œIts still gonna have my sound,â€ assures Sleepy whose first single â€œMe, My Baby and My Cadillacâ€ also appears on Big Boiâ€¦Presents Got Purp Vol. 2. â€œIâ€™m always looking for that rich authentic R&B sound, but I think this is more for the ladies. Yeah I talked to them in the past but it was mostly about smoking and driving, but this is more geared to the ladies.â€ Expect an all new freshness to come from this founding member of Organized Noize and the Dungeon Family. His situation with Purple Ribbon is a far cry from the Dungeon days of recording and working in the harshest of conditions.
â€œBack then everybody was sitting on the floor and making beds out of sheets, it was more hardcore, truthfully,â€ grins Sleepy from up under his Versace shades. â€œI wouldnâ€™t say this new situation is more laxed, but itâ€™s a little more comfortable. But, sleeping on the floor helps you appreciating everything.â€