''Brown Sugar'' is the debut album of American R&B and neo soul musician D'Angelo, released July 3, 1995 on EMI Music. Recording sessions for the album took place from 1994 to 1995 at Battery Studios and RPM Studios in New York City and at the Pookie Lab in Sacramento, California. Production, instrumentation, arrangements, and songwriting were primarily handled by D'Angelo. With love and romance-related lyrics, ''Brown Sugar'' features a fusion of R&B and soul styles with incorporated musical elements of funk, quiet storm, and hip hop music.
The album debuted at number six on the US ''Billboard'' Top R&B Albums chart, selling 300,000 copies in its first two months. With the help of its four singles, it spent 65 weeks on the ''Billboard'' 200 chart and achieved platinum sales within a year of its release. Upon its release, ''Brown Sugar'' received general acclaim from most music critics and earned D'Angelo several accolades, including four Grammy Award nominations. Regarded by music writers as a pivotal album in neo soul, the album provided commercial visibility to the neo soul movement, amid the prominence of producer-driven, digitally-approached R&B.