MC Paul Barman

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MC Paul Barman
Birth namePaul Nathaniel Barman [1]
Born (1974-10-30) October 30, 1974 (age 44) [2]
Ridgewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Hip hop [3]
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active1998–present
Associated acts

Paul Nathaniel Barman (born October 30, 1974), better known by his stage name MC Paul Barman, is an American rapper. He resides in Manhattan, New York. [4] In 2012, LA Weekly placed him at number 14 on the "Top 20 Whitest Musicians of All Time" list. [5]

Manhattan Borough in New York City and county in New York, United States

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Early life

Barman is from Ridgewood, New Jersey. He is Jewish. He attended Brown University. [6]

Ridgewood, New Jersey Village in New Jersey

Ridgewood is a village in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the village population was 24,958, reflecting an increase of 22 (+0.1%) from the 24,936 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 784 (+3.2%) from the 24,152 counted in the 1990 Census. Ridgewood is a suburban bedroom community of New York City, located approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Midtown Manhattan.

Brown University University in Providence, Rhode Island

Brown University is a private Ivy League research university in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1764 as the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, it is the seventh-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution.


MC Paul Barman released his debut EP, It's Very Stimulating , on Wordsound in 2000; it was produced by Prince Paul. [7]

<i>Its Very Stimulating</i> 2000 EP by MC Paul Barman

It's Very Stimulating is the debut EP by MC Paul Barman, released in 2000.

Prince Paul (producer) American record producer

Paul Edward Huston, better known by his stage name Prince Paul, is an American disc jockey, record producer and recording artist from Amityville, New York. Paul began his career as a DJ for Stetsasonic. Since then he has worked on albums by Boogie Down Productions, MC Lyte, Big Daddy Kane and 3rd Bass, among others. Major recognition for Prince Paul came when he produced De La Soul's debut album 3 Feet High and Rising (1989), in which he pioneered new approaches to hip hop production, mixing and sampling, as well as by adding comedy sketches.

His first studio album, Paullelujah! , was released on Coup d'État in 2002. [8]

<i>Paullelujah!</i> 2002 studio album by MC Paul Barman

Paullelujah! is the first studio album by American hip hop musician MC Paul Barman. It was released on Coup d'Etat in 2002.

He released his second studio album, Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud , on Househusband in 2009. [9]

<i>Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud</i> 2009 studio album by MC Paul Barman

Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud is the second studio album by American hip hop musician MC Paul Barman. It was released in 2009.

He has toured with Blackalicious. [10] He has taught a hip hop class to high school kids at the Bank Street College of Education. [11]

Blackalicious band

Blackalicious is an American hip-hop duo from Sacramento, California, made up of rapper Gift of Gab and DJ/producer Chief Xcel. They are noted for Gift of Gab's often tongue-twisting, multisyllabic, complex rhymes. The duo have released four full-length albums.

Bank Street College of Education is a private college in Manhattan, New York City. It includes a Graduate School of Education for aspiring teachers and leaders, an on-site independent k-8 school, and the Bank Street Education Center, which supports programs, partnerships, and other initiatives to advance education practice and policy at scale.

In 2018, he released Echo Chamber, his first studio album since 2009's Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud, on Mello Music Group. [12] It included productions from MF Doom, Questlove, and Mark Ronson, [13] as well as guest appearances from Open Mike Eagle and Masta Ace. [14]

Musical style and influences

The New York Times called his music "a surreal departure from the rap norm." [6] His music has been influenced by Boogie Down Productions, Jungle Brothers, Wu-Tang Clan, MC Lyte, and De La Soul. [15]


Studio albums




Guest appearances

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