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It's Been A While

by BrownMark - Cryptic

A soulful, passionately smooth blend of sexy lyrics, deep r&b pop and hip hop sensibility along with hot new-school beats.
Genre: Urban/R&B: R&B Pop Crossover
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1. Access
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2. Let's Talk About (us)
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3. I Did U Didn't
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4. What's On Your Mind?
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5. Come Take a Ride
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6. It's Been a While
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7. Stopped By to Say Hello
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8. Here Where U Want Me
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9. Do I Wanna Do This?
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10. I Don't Care
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11. Whatcha Gon Say Now
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12. Where Is Love?
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13. Anything
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14. It's On Tonight
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15. I Don't Know You (Like I Should)
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16. Have U Seen Her?
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17. Nothing More 2 Talk About
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18. Low Key
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19. Bonus Track
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mark Brown (BrownMark) spent most of his life in Minneapolis, Minnesota where, in the 80's, the Minneapolis music scene took America by storm with its unique blend of Rock and R&B. BrownMark grew up with musicians such as Prince, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Morris Day and Alexander O'Neil who laid the foundation for his advancements in his production skills and musical theory.

In 1981, BrownMark made his debut with Prince on the "Controversy" tour. For seven and a half years, he honed skills as a bassist for Prince and the Revolution and soon became known for his funky bass playing. Prince quoted in a Rolling Stone article that "without BrownMark on bass," he would "take bass out of the music." In 1988, BrownMark landed a recording contract with Motown. This career move was fueled by a track record of proven successes with the rock group, Mazarati (one of BrownMark's creations), Chico DeBarge, Troop, Georgio, Stacy Latisaw, Teen Dream, Sheila E., and LakeSide, to name a few. BrownMark debuted his solo album "Just Like That" on Motown in the late 80's with the single "Next Time." His second CD release on Motown was titled "Bang Bang." Collaborating with his former boss, Prince, BrownMark attempted to reintroduce himself as the funky bassist he was known to be.

To add to the list of his accomplishments, BrownMark received two Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards for his contributions to the "Purple Rain" movie soundtrack. He also had the privilege of performing with the talented Stevie Wonder and Stevie Ray Vaughn, along with Salt 'n' Pepa and Jodie Watley in an MTV special. He again had the honor of performing with Stevie Wonder at his "Character Party." BrownMark has also shared the stage with Sting, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Q-Tip, and Doug E. Fresh.

With the emergence of sub-cultural music in the early 90's, BrownMark felt it was time to withdraw from the active performance role and focus on studying the musical trends and emotions that were emerging. BrownMark's intentional re-direction of his career enabled him to hone his production and songwriting skills to an almost un-comparable level. He has combined his proven musicianship and musical sensibilities with his exposure to genres such as Grunge, Alternative Rock, Acid Jazz, Hip-Hop and R&B, all the while emphasizing very musical production standards.

BrownMark, having recognized another paradigm shift in the music industry, has joined forces with a dynamic group of business minds to form a Production Company called Cryptic Music Group. The first act signed to the label is BrownMark's own group CRYPTIC. He was quoted as saying, "It's time to make a contribution to this new and exciting industry." BrownMark refers to the industry as "new" because of the opportunities for the "little guys" to make a mark in the once close-knit record industry. With the internet and countless distribution alternatives knocking at his door, BrownMark feels it's time to start having fun.

BrownMark has always been the type that liked taking chances on something new. His noteworthy mark on the music industry has definitely proven his love and dedication to his art. Although his project, Cryptic, and record label, Cryptic Music Group, are his current priorities, BrownMark has managed to maintain involvement in other diverse music production projects like scoring commercials for Pepsi and Golden Grahams Cereal. He has also been widely acknowledged for his significant contribution to the soundtrack of the film "Purple Rain".

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DJBEE Germany

Very nice. Hopefully I got it.
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L7

MiniApolis @ it's FINEST!!!
Simply put,ii L_O_V_E this CD!!!
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L7

MiniApolis @ it's FINEST!!!
Simply put,ii L_O_V_E this CD!!!
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Chris Porcher

Great CD...Worth the wait!!!!
Great range...can't wait 4 more stuff in future...
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Reggimo

Refreshing
I really enjoyed this CD, it is very down to earth and has a refreshing sound; not too "main stream".
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LEONARDO TIMPANO

U CAN TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS!
It's been a long time between drinks for BrownMark. Don't expect to hear some dated MPLS sounds by this former Revolution-ary bass player from Prince's camp.
This is a contemporary funky R&B album with great production & some killer ballads. This album would give any current producer & young R&B 'hotshot' artists a run for their money.You might be forgiven in thinking that this is a new artist/group? Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? A very stong album indeed. What a great purchase.
Peace & Love, Leo (Sydney, Australia)
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E B.

The masses are the losers
too bad payola still exist, otherwise, on merit, Brown would be on the radio in every city. This recording is...I don't want to overstate it, but it is so good to listen too...all the way through. Mark Brown can actually sing, very well in fact; can't say that for most of those with whom he is associated with. Though their voices are different, he reminds me of the Great Stevie Wonder, and that is a good thing...a very good thing. Get the word out, 'the masses are losers' if they can't hear this.
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Jazzone


This CD shocked me.. I was suprised to here such great music. I would expect anything else but the funk coming from the prince camp.. Brownmark kept the funk alive and would give the any artist a run for his or hers money. This album is nothing more than funky.
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william.corodva@yale.edu

MO BETTA BADUSSY MUSIK
Yes, it is true Brown Mark has a special gift for F.U.N.K. which is Found Under,not Kept...I say this because he seems to know what works but rather than put it out he retreated all these years to production..only! Fortunately, he's back with some pleasure to please and applouse is plausible:)
I won't pick any sinlge song here but there is enough music here to pick her up, drive her there, and put it there....Badussy time baby!!!!
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shakenbakeog

real music,music you can feel
strong cd!!!! but i expected nothing less.
funky bass all over the place.
thanks for keeping the little apple on the map
been a long time, ethan
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