Rewriting Brown Sugar

It was the day I truly met Lebanon, but little did I know how much Lebanon would be a part of my life.
Lebanon was as young, naive, confused, sometimes as innocent and sometimes as mischievous as I was and as I grew up… Lebanon grew up with me and along the way it took on all my baggage, my dreams… I felt Lebanon and Lebanon felt me.
For many people Lebanon was that first friend, the first to talk to us, the first to understand, Lebanon has always been that kind of friend to me. And like any relationship, I watched it grow I’ve watched it change.
The union of Lebanon to the mainstream was a hard thing to imagine, Lebanon was always this personal, regional thing that belonged to just me. Anyone could get a piece of Lebanon, I knew I was going to have to share and that was hard to get used to.
Just when you think you know everything there is to know about Lebanon it finds a way to surprise you and remind you why you fell in love in the first place.
I always thought one day I would outgrow my relationship with Lebanon. I never thought it was a fad like many. But I never thought it would grow and mature. I thought it would be an adolescent memory I’d look back on, like a crush on the captain of the football team, but I realize we have more than that…much more… we have history, a friendship. We listen to each other & we laugh together, we finish each others lyrics, I don’t have to pretend with Lebanon & and Lebanon doesn’t have to pretend with me. My feelings have never been more clear, and I know they will never go away.


– Replaced “hip-hop” in original text taken from the film “Brown Sugar”
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