The Brown Sugar Story
Questlove played a major part in last night’s festivities not once, but twice. The first time, he discussed how D’Angelo passed him a sampler of Brown Sugar at the 1995 Source awards — the very same one that ignited the East Coast/West Coast beef. After seeing Suge Knight give his infamous speech about record exec’s wanting shine like artists, Quest thought it best to leave the venue before things got too hectic.
That’s when he was greeted by D’Angelo, who he dismissed during a previous encounter because of his disposition towards R&B singers at the time. The Virginia native passed him an advanced listen of his debut LP, which Quest later listened to. Soon enough, he’d try to work with D’Angelo, which blossomed into the Soulquarians movement and more importantly, a brotherhood over time.