A Lighter Shade of Brown

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A Lighter Shade of Brown
Background information
Also known asLSOB
OriginRiverside, California, United States
GenresHip hop
Years active1987-2001, 2009–2016
LabelsQuality, Mercury, Thump
Past members
  • ODM (One Dope Mexican)
  • DTTX

A Lighter Shade of Brown (LSOB) was an 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 and musicians David Dunson and Micah Carson.


LSOB was formed in 1989 by One Dope Mexican (Robert Gutierrez) and Don't Try To Xerox (Bobby Ramirez).[1] 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 the Billboard 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 Records signing 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,[1] returning in 1997 on indie with Greenside 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 and Bobby carried on touring as LSOB and working on new music. A decade later, on October 18, 2011, the album It's A Wrap was released through Illuminated Entertainment Group. The album was produced by Playalitical. Ramirez is the only one out of the group that raps on it, as sort of a one-man Lighter Shade of Brown. The album's radio single "Call Me Over" was produced by Fingazz and featured Playalitical and Zig Zag of the NB Ridaz. A music video was also filmed and released for the song.

On July 18, 2016, Don't Try To Xerox died in Las Vegas after being in a coma for 11 days. He had collapsed due to what his family described as a combination of alcohol abuse and heatstroke.[2]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Release Peak chart positions

Brown & Proud 184
Hip Hop Locos
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Quality, Mercury
Layin' in the Cut
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Mercury
169 54
A Lighter Shade of Brown
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: Thump
If You Could See Inside Me
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Thump
It's a Wrap
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Illuminated

Compilation albums[edit]


Title Release Peak chart positions Album

US Dance
"T.J. Nights" (US only) 1990 Brown & Proud
"Latin Active" 1991 59
"On a Sunday Afternoon" (featuring Shiro and Huggy Boy) 39 1 49
"T.J. Nights" (AUS/NZ only) 1992 36
"Spill the Rhyme" 90 47 Hip Hop Locos
"Homies" 57 54 13
"Check It Out / Latin Active" 1993
"Hey DJ" 1994 43 67 18 32 12 33 33 Layin' in the Cut
"If You Wanna Groove" (feat. Aulsondro Emcee N.I.C.E. Hamilton) 107[11] 45
"Dip Into My Ride"
"Call Me Over" (feat Playalitical & Zig Zag of NB Ridaz)" 2011 61 20 It's a Wrap
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ a b Biography, Allmusic.com
  2. ^ "'A Lighter Shade of Brown' Rapper DTTX dead at 46". TMZ. 18 July 2016. Archived from the original on 5 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b Billboard, Allmusic.com
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  5. ^ "A Lighter Shade of Brown - US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart". billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-07-06.
  6. ^ "A Lighter Shade of Brown - US Dance Club Songs Chart". billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-07-06.
  7. ^ Australian (ARIA) peaks:
    • "Hey DJ": "Discography A Lighter Shade Of Brown". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2019-06-24.
    • "Spill the Rhyme": Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 165.
  8. ^ "L.S.O.B. IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". charts.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  9. ^ "A Lighter Shade of Brown - Dutch Chart". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2014-07-06.
  10. ^ "The Official Charts Company - A Lighter Shade of Brown". The Official Charts Company. 6 July 2014.
  11. ^ "A Lighter Shade of Brown - US Hot 100 Chart". billboard.com. Retrieved 2020-07-05.