Born in Minneapolis Minnesota, Brown's early fame came when he was the bass guitarist of The Revolution, musician Prince's original touring (and later also his recording) band. Noted for his unique, funk-based style of musicianship, he became a record producer and recording artist himself for Motown after parting company with Prince in 1986. He achieved minor successes in the R&B music field under both titles (most notably as founder and producer of R&B group Mazarati). After a lengthy absence from the music business he returned with a new project entitled Cryptic. After the release of the Cryptic CD entitled It's Been Awhile the group disbanded in 2002. Brown released new project out of Tampa Florida with his newly formed group Syx Mil Breach. The CD was released late 2010 titled Skeletons. Brown had currently reunited with his band The Revolution as they prepare for a 2017/2018 world tour.