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The influence of the ‘70s on Atlanta crooner Patrick “Sleepy” Brown is manifested in almost everything he does – from the soulful and funk-driven textures overlaying is urban hip-hop sound to his taste in sunglasses and pants. When Patrick "Sleepy" Brown contributed the too rap duo OutKast's 2004 hit "The Way You Move," it was only the latest in a series of irresistible hooks, steeped in classic Southern soul, that he had added to the recordings of rappers at work in the fertile music scene of Atlanta, Georgia. Many listeners assumed that such hooks had been sampled from the 1970s works of Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, or other classic soul vocalists, when in fact Brown had composed them from scratch. As part of the Organized Noize production team and of the looser creative collective known as the Dungeon Family, Brown was one of the hidden forces behind the success of Atlanta-based urban musicians in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Born in 1970, Brown, had grown up in Savannah, Georgia. He absorbed the desire to perform from his father, saxophonist and vocalist Jimmy Brown, frontman for the 1970s soul band, Brick. In the early 1990s, he gravitated toward Atlanta, where a creative arts and music scene was beginning to blossom around the city's East Point neighborhood, among other places. Brown, who played keyboards and wrote songs, caught the attention of Atlanta’s Rico Wade, who brought Ray Murray on board, and the trio began billing themselves as Organized Noize, giving production help to other Atlanta artists and sometimes performing as backup musicians or vocalists. By 1995 Brown and his comrades in Organized Noize had scored several triumphs. They produced the hit song "Waterfalls" by the all-female group TLC, earning a Grammy nomination for record of the year the following spring and a follow up hit with En Vogue’s “Don’t Let Go” on the Set It Off soundtrack. Another Organized Noize production was Goodie Mob's "Cell Therapy," which topped rap charts in the fall of 1995. Brown's personal breakthrough was a section of OutKast's "Player's Ball," from the duo's hit album of the same name. Brown's contribution, which he both wrote and sang, sounded as though it had been sampled from a recording by the philosophical 1970s soul singer Curtis Mayfield. Coming into the 2000’s Sleepy Brown had success with his debut solo album “Mr. Brown”. In 2004 Sleepy Brown’s hit song “I Can’t Wait” feat. OutKast was featured on the Barbershop 2 soundtrack. The same year he was featured Ludacris’ hit single Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!), which was also produced by Organized Noize. Throughout the 2000’s Sleepy Brown continued to produce with the trio Organized Noize. In 2018, they produced Janelle Monáe’s song - “I Like That” which peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B chart. In 2019, the group got back together for a reunion tour with Dungeon Family which included the infamous group Goodie Mob and Big Boi of OutKast. Recently, he worked with OutKast’s Big Boi on his release of “Doin’ It”. The duo is continuing their success with “The Big Sleepover” coming soon.

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