Brown Sugar

For those in the music business, a love

For those in the music business, a love

of music is often as strong as any other loves in their lives. Actors Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan explore that dichotomy in the new Fox Searchlight film Brown Sugar. Like the film, the accompanying soundtrack balances themes of love and music. The ethereal Angie Stone takes listeners to church with "Bring Your Heart," while "Easy Conversation" shows a new side of Jill Scott. The smooth, guitar-driven track is wonderfully accented by Scott's gentle whisper. Erykah Badu and Common pay homage to hip-hop on the hypnotic "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)." Other highlights include Rahsaan Patterson's soulful "You Make Life So Good" and three versions of the title track ("Brown Sugar [Fine]," "Brown Sugar [Raw]," and "Brown Sugar [Extra Sweet]") by rapper/actor Mos Def, who plays an aspiring rapper in the film.—RH