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Bad News Brown
Birth name Paul Frappier
Born May 8, 1977 (1977-05-08) (age 32)
Haiti
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Harmonic Hip-Hop
Occupations Rapper, Singer, Harmonica Player
Years active 2001 – Present
Labels Trilateral Entertainment Inc.
Website [1]

Paul Frappier (born May 8 1977), better known by his stage name Bad News Brown, is a Canadian entertainer and is known for pairing the sound of his chief instrument, the harmonica, with Hip-Hop beats and rhymes.

The Hip-Hop MC along with his signature sound has taken him from his beginnings as a teenage busker in the streets of Montreal to touring 200+ venues opening for Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Aerosmith, The Eagles, N.E.R.D., Soulja Boy, Ciara, Common, Lloyd Banks, Jadakiss, John Legend, Gym Class Heroes, Ice Cube, Booba and Sinik and accompanying on stage Nas, Ice T, Cypress Hill, and De La Soul.

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Personal Life

Born in Haiti, Paul Frappier moved to Montreal at a young age with his adopted family. He left home in his teenage years, and quickly discovered a talent for the harmonica could earn him a living by busking on the street and in Metro stations. “Busking was the smartest thing I ever did in my life,” he says. “It paid my bills, bought me my studio, and within two years I estimate 50 per cent of the city knew I existed.”

Frappier developed his sound by playing in the streets, combining his skill as a blues/jazz harmonica player with his love of Hip-Hop. Paul adopted his stage name from the suggestion of fellow Montreal rapper, Misery, which coincidentally was the name of his childhood favourite WWF wrestler, Bad News Brown. BNB quickly became accredited as the best busker of Montreal by the weekly arts and music magazine, the Montreal Mirror. His reputation as the city’s best street performer even led him to be chosen as the host for the 2004 National film board documentary, Music for a Blue Train, a bluesy portrait of the musicians who busk in Montreal’s metro.[1]

Music Career

His debut album, Born 2 Sin, is difficult to categorize due to the different styles employed, but BNB terms it... “Harmonic Hip-Hop” or “Electronic Triptronic Melodic Harmonics”. Intelligence is a classic Hip-Hop track featuring beats, scratching, and a cinematic production sound, while Back On It possesses a sexy and laidback vibe. The title track Born 2 Sin is a fusion of Hip-Hop and soul.

Bad News Brown crafted the tracks on Born 2 Sin with production assistance from the likes of Haig V, Primal, Parafino, C4, Made By Monkeys & Edi Burgz. BNB is quoted as saying "Haig is one of the main producers on the album, with six tracks. He’s a long-time friend who has worked with the likes of Bran Van 3000 and Muzion. I used to listen to and watch him in his studio back in the day, and I used a lot of his instrumental tracks on this album. I went through his archives, picked out stuff I liked, went home, worked on them, brought them back, and we worked it from there.

I’m known as the Hip-Hop guy who’ll take the harmonica and rip that show to shreds. Now I’m the first Hip-Hop artist to release a predominantly harmonica-driven album."

Born 2 Sin was released on iTunes July 28th 2009 and in stores in August 18th 2009. The album is distrubuted by Fontana North/Universal Music Canada

The album was chosen as "disc of the week" in Vol.25 No.10 of the Montreal Mirror magazine. "Snappy and lighthearted, the title track of the debut from Montreal’s “harmonic hip hop” man is at odds with the predominating slinky, deep-blue club thumpers, many of which are produced by Zoobone’s capable Haig V. Sly raps and a functioning fusion of house, hip hop and R&B vibes abound, and Brown’s secret weapon, his harmonica—plaintive and insistent as a hungry housecat—integrates itself effortlessly"[2]

"Hip-Hop may be synonymous with many things, but harmonica has not traditionally been one of them. The Street? Yes. Bling? Uh-huh. Drugs? About as much as Lindsay Lohan's nose. But the little srrowful instrument that calls to mind lonely Hoover-era hobos train-hopping from Oklahoma? Not so much - until now, that is." [3]

Bad News Brown's single, Feeling Me On, has sold over 50,000 units in Europe as part of the Universal Music compilation, Hip Hop Rai 2. [4].

"All signs suggest that the wait was worth it. His long overdue album dropped in August, and now the artist is preparing to step up his game. A Newcomer to the industry but a veteran of the craft. Bad News is ready to show off his skills to the world." -Naked Eye Magazine [5]

Discography

Singles

Year Title Album
2009 Soul Clap non-album single
Touch Her Body Born 2 Sin
Born 2 Sin Born 2 Sin

Studio albums

Year Information
2009 Born 2 Sin
  • First studio album
  • Released: June 28, 2009
  • Label: Trilateral Entertainment Inc
  • Format: CD

Mixtapes

  • G'd Up From The Street Up (2009)

References

  1. ^ http://www.myspace.com/brizbrown Biography on Official MySpace Page.
  2. ^ http://www.montrealmirror.com/2009/082009/disc.html
  3. ^ http://www.nakedeyemag.com/flip/i1v3/#24
  4. ^ http://www.myspace.com/brizbrown Biography on Official MySpace Page
  5. ^ http://www.nakedeyemag.com/flip/i1v3/#24

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