Brown Sugar

Synopsis: This romantic comedy centers on a romance between an A&R exec, Dre, at a hip-hop label and a magazine editor, Sidney, who have known each other since childhood.. They find themselves drifting towards being more than friends, even as Dre is engaged, and Sidney starts being wooed by a handsome basketball player.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Rick Famuyiwa
Production: Fox Searchlight
  2 wins & 18 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

# If y'all feel that sh*t

right about now #

# Come on, y'all,

make some noise #

# If you're with me #

# Come on,

y'all, yeah #

# Come on, y'all, make some

noise if you're with me #

# Make some noise

if you're with me #

# Make some noise

if you're with me #

# It's like that, y'all,

and it sounds so nice #

# Hip-hop, you the love

of my life #

#We about to go

to the top, y'all #

# Hip-hop love #

#To the top of hip-hop #

# It's like that, y'all #

#And it sounds so nice #

# Hip-hip, you the love

of my life #

#We about to go to the...

to the... to the #

#To the... to the... to the...

to the... to the... #

#The anticipation

arose as time froze #

# I stared off the stage

with my eyes closed #

#And dove deep

into the cosmos #

#The impact

pushed back... #

Sidney, Voice Over:

I started every interview

I've ever given the same way

for over 10 years.

So, when did you

fall in love with hip-hop?

Kool G Rap:
I basically fell

in love with hip-hop,

you know what I'm saying,

when cats first started

going out to the parks,

you know,

with the 2 turntables,

the mic.

I think it was 1977.

People are rocking

in the parks.

I can remember

back in the Bronx, 1979.

Set up some turntables

in front of the building.

And we was

getting the power

from the street

lamps outside.

Plug it up

into the street pole.

MC-ing, DJJ-ing,

b- boying, break-dancing.


or popping,

beats or rhymes, you know.

I was in love with it.

Probably about

12 years old, man.

And I was watching

Wild Style.

It was creative,

it was new, it was fresh.

Breakin', rappin',


It was the whole

culture, period.

The Bambaataa show,

the Afrika Islam show.

It was just like our

way of expression.

Hip-hop spoke

directly to me because,

you know, it was speaking

from the language

that the people I was

dealing with was speaking,

and I loved it

as soon as I...

As soon as I got

introduced to it.

I was gonna be dealing

with hip-hop

whether I wanted to

or not.

Like a forced marriage,

it was predetermined.

And I heard Eric B

Is President,

and then that kind

of changed my life.

I heard The Message,

Melle Mel.

There was a rapper

named Eddie Cheeba

who was one of

the pioneers.

When I first heard

Sugarhill Gang.

Rapper's Delight.

That set it off

for rap music.

Funky Four

Plus One More.

Plus One More,

you know what I'm saying?

Furious Five, Freedom.

Run and them

and Whoudini freestyling.

Sucka MC's by Run-DMC.

Sucka MC's live.

Grandmaster Flash

on the Wheels of Steel.

Grandmaster Caz from

the Cold Crush Brothers.

- Cold Crush.

- Cold Crush.

- Cold Crush.

- Grandmaster Flash.

Treacherous Three,

Body Rock.

Spoonie Gee, Love Rap.

The first time I heard

Rebel Without a Pause.

Eric B and Rakim.

EPMD and them.

I gotta say Public

Enemy as a group...

you know.

Classics, bangers.

I mean, to this day

they're bangers.

I just love

what it sounded like,

and I loved

what he was saying.

You know, the whole

slick tongue thing.

I felt like these dudes

hit the truth.

Forget everything else you heard

on the radio and all that.

This is it.

This is what I want to do.

I was in.

It was freedom.

Sidney, Voice Over:

I remember the exact day

I fell in love

with hip-hop. It was...


Yo, look, y'all! Look what

they doing over there!

Come on!

#The mic almost dropped

but I catch quick #

#And from that point

we get hectic #

# Now, I score the ladies,

I score the boys #

# I am the one and only

art of noise #

#What up, hear, hear? #

# Dana Dane #

Girl, up here!

#When out of nowhere

dropped this fiendish fiend #

# I want your shoes, your

jewels, man, everything #

# Now in his hands,

a knife, a gun #

# I'm thinking to myself #

# Should I fight

or should I run? #

# I see his tool, slapped him

up against the dome #

#Would you

believe this fool #

#Tried to rob me

with a comb? #

#Yo, Rick, my, my, #

# My mellow, my man #

# Get on the mic

and rock this jam #

#Well, I was on

the 41 bus #

# Reading the news #

# Here comes grandma #

#And she steps

on my shoes #

# I smile, although

I was quite disgusted #

# I said "What's

the matter, granny #

# Is your

blind ass dusted?" #

Sidney, Voice Over:

The day I saw Slick Rick,

who went

by Ricky D back then,

Dana Dane, and Doug E. Fresh

battle in the Bronx

was the day I truly

met hip-hop.

Little did I know

a year later

Ricky D would would join

the Get Fresh Crew

and record the hip-hop

classic The Show,

and of course

the b-side La Di Da Di.

Dana Dane would drop

a couple years later

with his classic


But little did I know

how much hip-hop would be

a part of my life.

Hip-hop was as young,

naive, confused,

sometimes innocent,

and sometimes

as mischievous as I was.

And as I grew up...

- Later, Dre.

- Later, Sid.

Hip-hip grew with me,

and along the way it took on

all my baggage...

my dreams.

I felt hip-hop,

and hip-hop felt me.

And I know everyone

who loves the music

feels the same way I do.

You know this little

party going on

out here is for you.

I know. I'll be out

in a minute.

I know you can't

be working.


your last day.

It's the book.

I got to turn in the pages

by the end of the week.

Dre's on the line.

You want me

to put him through?

Yeah. Put him through.

Sidney, On Phone:

What's up, baby?

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