Lighter Shade Of Brown

Lighter Shade Of Brown

Lighter Shade Of Brown

Biography

A Lighter Shade of Brown (LSOB) was a Mexican American hip hop duo from Riverside, California best known for their 1990 hit single "On a Sunday Afternoon", a success in the U.S., written by songwriters/musicians David Dunson & Micah Carson.

LSOB was formed in 1990 by One Dope Mexican (Robert Gutierrez) and Don't Try To Xerox (Bobby Ramirez). They recorded demos and landed a record deal soon after with small independent label Pump. Their debut album, 1990's "Brown and Proud," brought the group their lone Top 40 single in the U.S. with "On A Sunday Afternoon," which contained samples of The Young Rascals' 1967 hit "Groovin' " and Tommy James and the Shondells' 1969 hit "Crystal Blue Persuasion" and peaked at #39 on theBillboard Hot 100. The song also went to #1 for 2 weeks in New Zealand.

The duo provided songs for Latino-market movies such as Mi Vida Loca and I Like It Like That following the release of their second LP, 1992's '"Hip Hop Locos," which failed to chart. The success of "Sunday Afternoon" nonetheless resulted in Mercury Recordssigning the group and releasing their third disc, Layin' in the Cut, in 1994. The record did not sell as well as was hoped, peaking at #184 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. LSOB went on a temporary hiatus, returning in 1997 on indie with Danny "Dice" and Eric "Bajo" Thump Records. Their self-titled fourth album featured guest appearances from Rappin' 4-Tay and Dwayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Toné!.

1999 marked the last of their releases, including a greatest hits album and a non-charting single, "Sunny Day." That year, Gutierrez became a DJ at San Bernardino radio station KGGI.

Discography

A Lighter Shade Of Brown - Brown & Proud

A Lighter Shade Of Brown - Brown & Proud

Pump Records 1990
Lighter Shade Of Brown - Hip Hop Locos

Lighter Shade Of Brown - Hip Hop Locos

Mercury 1992
Lighter Shade Of Brown - Layin' In The Cut

Lighter Shade Of Brown - Layin' In The Cut

Mercury 1994
Lighter Shade Of Brown - Lighter Shade Of Brown

Lighter Shade Of Brown - Lighter Shade Of Brown

Top Notch Inc. 1997
Lighter Shade Of Brown - If You Could See Inside Me

Lighter Shade Of Brown - If You Could See Inside Me

Greenside Records 1999
Lighter Shade Of Brown ‎- Greatest Hits

Lighter Shade Of Brown ‎- Greatest Hits

Thump Records 2000
Lighter Shade Of Brown - It's A Wrap

Lighter Shade Of Brown - It's A Wrap

Illuminated Entertainment Group 2011

Guest Appearances

Proper Dos - Overdose
  • Can You Rock It Like This

Proper Dos - Overdose

Aries Music Entertainment Inc. 1999
Hydro Bass - Cock Diesel (Chapter One)
  • Bomb Diddy

Hydro Bass - Cock Diesel (Chapter One)

T.H.E. Records 2000
X-Raided Presents E - From The Block To The Booth
  • Ghetto Child

X-Raided Presents E - From The Block To The Booth

Bloc Star Entertainment 2008
X-Raided Presents At All Costs - 20/20 Vision
  • West Coast Trippin’

X-Raided Presents At All Costs - 20/20 Vision

Bloc Star Entertainment 2008
Mister D - Gangsters Get Lonely: The Album
  • Should've Been Mine (R.I.P. Remix)

Mister D - Gangsters Get Lonely: The Album

SL Entertainment 2011
Playalitical - Political Playboy Music
  • Setting The Mood

Playalitical - Political Playboy Music

Illuminated Entertainment Group 2011
Mister D - Smooth Oldies
  • A Better Man

Mister D - Smooth Oldies

SL Entertainment 2012

Compilations

Rap Declares War
  • Rap Declares War

Various - Rap Declares War

Avenue Records 1992
Mi Vida Loca (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Hey D.J.

Various - Mi Vida Loca (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Mercury 1994
Greenside Ridaz Present Definition Of Brown 2
  • Player's Delight

Various - Greenside Ridaz Present Definition Of Brown 2

Greenside Records 1998
Orlie's Lowriding Compilation Volume 1 - Coast Ridas
  • Whatever U Want

Various - Orlie's Lowriding Compilation Volume 1 - Coast Ridas

Polygram Records, World Movemnt Records 1999
Frost Presents Raza Radio
  • On A Sunday Afternoon

Various - Frost Presents Raza Radio

40 Ounce Records 2002
Frost Presents Somethin' For The Riderz
  • Presidential

Various - Frost Presents Somethin' For The Riderz

40 Ounce Records 2003
Proper Dos - Greatest Hits
  • Rap Declares War

Proper Dos - Greatest Hits

PDG Records 2003
Lowrider Soundtrack Volume 1
  • Whatever U Want

Various - Lowrider Soundtrack Volume 1

Thump Records 2005
Mr. Shadow - The Best Of Mr. Shadow Volume 2
  • 61909

Mr. Shadow - The Best Of Mr. Shadow Volume 2

East Side Records 2005
Various - Chicano Rap Old School: Volume 2
  • Let Me Be The One

Various - Chicano Rap Old School: Volume 2

SL Entertainment 2005
Chicano Rap Smooth Jams
  • Another Sunny Day

Various - Chicano Rap Smooth Jams

SL Entertainment 2006
Smoke Fest: Come Smoke With Us
  • Can't Leave You Alone

Various - Smoke Fest: Come Smoke With Us

B-Dub Records, Hi Power Entertainment, PMC Music Group 2006
Chicano Rap Allstars Volume 1
  • Whatever You Want

Various - Chicano Rap Allstars Volume 1

East Side Records 2006
Various - Thump Rap Radio 2
  • Do You Wanna Ride

Various - Thump Rap Radio 2

Thump Records Inc. 2007
Various - Chicano Classics
  • Street Life

Various - Chicano Classics

Thump Records 2007
Various - Hip Hop Mixx
  • Street Life (Remix)

Various - Hip Hop Mixx

On The Spot, Thump Records 2007
Southland Love Jams 3: Addicted To You
  • I Don't Know (What You Gonna Do)

Various - Southland Love Jams 3: Addicted To You

SL Entertainment 2008
Various - Neighborhood Vida
  • U Got U 1 Zo Lo

Various - Neighborhood Vida

Urban Kings Music 2008
Various - Southland: 10 Years In The Game
  • The G In Me

Various - Southland: 10 Years In The Game

SL Entertainment 2010
Various - Southland Love Jams 4
  • Shorty Wanna Ride

Various - Southland Love Jams 4

SL Entertainment 2010
Malow Mac - West Coast Alliance
  • I Dare You

Various - Malow Mac Presents West Coast Alliance

Southland Entertainment 2011
Various - Malow Mac Presents West Coast Alliance 2
  • Killafornia

Various - Malow Mac Presents West Coast Alliance 2

SL Entertainment 2011
Mr. Shadow, Mr. Knightowl - Old School Gangsta Tracks
  • 61909

Mr. Shadow, Mr. Knightowl - Old School Gangsta Tracks

Beyond Entertainment 2012
C-Dubb - The Mobb House (Killa Kollabz)
  • What U Gone Do

C-Dubb - The Mobb House (Killa Kollabz)

We The West, Blacktop Entertainment 2014