STREETWISE BAD BOY BAD NEWS BROWN USES RAP AS AN EXCUSE TO PULL OUT HIS GOOD OL’ FASHIONED HARMONICA
“That song’s about my harmonica the whole way through,” said Montreal’s Bad News Brown of “Born 2 Sin,” the title track of his debut album.
But when Brown — born Paul Frappier, who will be opening for Sean Paul at the Edmonton Event Centre on Feb. 25 — rapped about taking a pull on that harmonica in the song, one member of his audience thought he was referring to taking a drag off a doobie.
Another said the line, “She sounds so sweet,” could only be about a lady, not an age-old musical instrument, and a few more swore “I get so high when I hit that key,” was a how-to guide for crushing up coke.
“After they listened, I could tell who was addicted to what,” he says with a chuckle. “Which was good because I wrote it that way, we all have vices. Mine’s my harmonica because playing it gets people to come see me, it’s just simple vanity. But they each heard themselves in that song.”
It’s that kind of hazy ambiguity that has both inspired and plagued the rapper’s career.
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