Don’t Sleep

September 26, 2006

Next Tuesday (October 3rd), Sleepy Brown finally (FINALLY!) releases his solo LP, Mr Brown. It's a collection of uptempo r&b flashbacks that you need in your life. Give a listen to "One Of Dem Nights" (right-click and save-as) if you still don't believe us, and read up on a recent FADER Q&A with Sleepy after the jump.

What sort of songs were you performing on the Hennessy tour that just finished?

Just stuff from the new album, and of course we’re doing some old stuff too. It’s been fun.

Out of the new tracks, what has been getting the best response?

In this case I’d have to say everything.

Do you have any particular favorites to perform?

Not really I got to say all of them.

Ok, that’s a diplomatic take. How long ago did you record the tracks for Mr Brown?

Well, these are the new songs that have been done, so I’d say it’s probably been in the making for about a year or two.

Did you have a particular concept in mind for Mr Brown when you started recording?

I just wanted to do some great songs and bring musicality to it, that’s all. I wasn’t trying to change the world, I just wanted to celebrate love.

Were the first songs with Organized Noize?

Yeah of course. That’s my company so I definitely worked with Organized.

What’s your process like in the studio?

Really, we just go in and vibe, come up with beats, it’s nothing really special. We all kinda vibe what we got in our heads, whatever we’re feeling at the time.

Bubba told us that Rico Wade [of Organized Noize] brings out a more soulful side of him, what is your working relationship like with Rico?

I’m soul and I just love R&B, so I think we just already be on that. He and Bubba just go at it like, they want to go at it head to head cause Bubba wants to do one thing and Rico sees it another way. But with me I don’t hear that, what I want, you going to give it to me, that’s it.

There were tracks that came out a year or two ago like “Mr No Good” that I was hoping might make it on Mr Brown, did they just not make the cut?

Yeah, it didn’t make the cut.

Did you record that during sessions for this album or was it an older song?

That’s an older song it was originally going to go on the Dreamworks album, so it’s a really old song.

What happened with that album?

Dreamworks folded and I don’t know, we couldn’t come to an agreement over at Interscope…that’s not to say Interscope isn’t a great label, which they are, but I just kind of felt like I wanted to go somewhere else.

Do you think you’ll revisit those songs at some point, or is that chapter totally closed?

I don’t know I might open something back up and see what happens, there might be a greatest hits or stuff that no one’s heard before kind of thing. We’ll just have to see.

Have you worked on any new material since Mr Brown was finished?

No but I’m actually about to start, because I want to go ahead and get on this next album. I just want to get in the studio.

What do you have in mind?

Just going to be vibing man, I just want it to be great soul music.

Doing press for this album, do you get asked a lot about the state of the Dungeon Family, and the state of Outkast?

Oh yeah, a whole lot.

Is it good for you to be able to talk about it and set the record straight? Or do people want to dwell on some perceived drama?

I don’t mind, it’s where we all are right now. We all just trying to make money and we have to do whatever we have to do to get to that point. I mean, we always going to be the Dungeon Family, we have talked about working on another album and stuff. Ain’t nothing wrong, everybody thinks that just because they don’t want to rap no more that we aint friends no more. We all friends, but some of us made decisions to do different things, and we support that.

What do you think keeps the DF relationships alive?

We just brothers, and we understand that brothers are gonna handle things, and we all grown men! We all friends and brothers first. Without the music we’re still family.

What was the first track you remember as a distinct “Dungeon Family” product?

“Players Ball”

Since then what are the songs that have really stood out for you?

I don’t know, I just have to say all the hits, you know what I mean? We wrote “Waterfalls,” stuff for En Vogue. Just all the stuff we done in the past, I’m not sitting here with a list in front of me [laughter] to point that out.

How do you think people see your contribution to that?

I mean it is what it is, you know? It never has to be said “Sleepy Brown wrote ‘Waterfalls,” cause I know what I did. I’m good. As long as my checks keep coming, I’m good. As long as I keep getting paid I’m good. No one ever has to say that cause we did one as a company I might as well do one by myself.

Do you prefer collaborations?

Yeah, definitely.

How did you link up with the non-Organized producers on this album, like Carl Mo?

Well, Carl Mo, we been knowing each other for years. He actually did “The Way You Move.” We been knowing each other for a while.

Do you get approached by a lot of outside producers to work on stuff?

Yeah but that’s kind of hard to do because I have family and I know who I want to work with--unless they just have a smash I can’t deny.

Who would you like to work with that you haven’t had the chance to yet?

Mary J Blige, Lenny Kravitz, that’s about it. I just think [Lenny] is funky, I think it would be a great, funky idea. I dojn’t know what would come out of it but it would just be funky.

Posted: September 26, 2006
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