TODAY IN HIP HOP HISTORY: D’ANGELO DROPPED HIS DEBUT LP ‘BROWN SUGAR’ 28 YEARS AGO
Written by Randy C on July 3, 2023
On this date in 1995, Richmond, Virginia native and neo-soul trailblazer Michael Eugene Archer a.k.a. D’Angelo released his debut album Brown Sugar on EMI Records.
This landmark project boasts production from the likes of A Tribe Called Quest’s DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Kedar Massenburg, Bob Power, and Tony Toni Tone’s Raphael Saadiq, however, the majority of the production including songwriting, arrangements, and instruments were put together by D’Angelo himself.
The album was regarded as a classic upon its release, receiving platinum certification less than a year later in February 1996.