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Father MC (born Timothy Brown) is an African American rapper, Timothy Brown achieved success in the early 1990s on the Uptown Records label. Discovered and signed by then-Uptown executive Sean "Puffy" Combs, he is best known for introducing the public to Uptown's successful R&B act Jodeci in the track, "Treat Them Like They Want to Be Treated" and up-and-comer Mary J. Blige. One of his most famous hits was "Lisa Baby," an upbeat, bouncy R&B hip hop crossover.
He combined elements of hip-hop and new jack swing, which resulted in a number 20 hit, "I'll Do 4 U," from his debut album, Father's Day, in 1990. The backing track sampled from "Got To Be Real" by Cheryl Lynn. This track is notable for the first appearance of Mary J. Blige as a backup singer, and it was also her first major record appearance, considered by many[who?] to be an important stepping stone to her career.
Nearly two years after his debut he followed with "Close to You". Its success was almost guaranteed by his appearance on the CD Uptown MTV Unplugged. During that time he also contributed a street lifestyle track titled "Pimp or Die" on the Who's the Man? (original movie soundtrack).
In 2006 Father MC was asked to appear on the annual BET Awards. In 2007 he re-introduced himself under the new moniker "Fambody".
In 1997 Father was arrested in Nassau County, NY for not paying child support. At the time he owed over $60,000 in child support for one of his various children. A few years earlier, former Hot 97 radio jock Wendy Williams invited him to the NY radio station only to be confronted by New York City police who were called there by Wendy and one of the mothers of Father MC's children.
Father MC appeared nude in the August 1996 issue Playgirl in a photospread taken by Greg Weiner. Despite the critical attention, posing nude opened an international fan base of admirers of Father's music and increased record sales.
- Father's Day (1990)
- Close to You (1992)
- Sex Is Law (1994)
- This Is for the Players (1995)
- No Secrets (1999)
- My (2003)
- Wynn, Ron. "Biography: Father MC". AMG. Retrieved May 9, 2010.
- Millner, Denene (March 3, 1996). "Naked Ambition: NY'S Own Father MC Bares It All for Playgirl". New York: Daily News. Retrieved May 28, 2010.