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|Birth name||Norman Howell|
|Born||May 11, 1974|
|Origin||Hartford, Connecticut, United States|
|Genres||Reggae, R&B, dancehall, reggaeton|
|Labels||Delicious Vinyl/Eastwest Records|
|Associated acts||Born Jamericans, Beenie Man, Thievery Corporation, Daddy Yankee, Pitbull, Luny Tunes, Voltio, Baby Ranks, Sublime,|
Norman Howell (born May 11, 1974, Hartford, Connecticut), better known as Notch, is an R&B, reggae, dancehall, and reggaeton artist. He was the former lead vocalist and one of the creative forces behind the hip-hop/reggae group Born Jamericans.
Notch's mother is of African-American, Native American, and Portuguese descent, however his brothers and sisters, from the same mother but different father, are of Puerto Rican and African-American descent. His father was born in Jamaica and is of Afro-Cuban and French descent. Howell's parents separated when he was still an infant. He spent his early years with his mother, living in Hartford, Connecticut. Howell grew up in a multicultural neighborhood and learned Spanish because most of his friends at that time were of Hispanic descent. He left Connecticut to live with his father in Washington, D.C., when he was nine years old. Notch also spent a short time in Bermuda before moving back to Washington, D.C., where he lived until his early twenties.
Notch is fluent in American English, Jamaican Patois, and Spanglish. He mixes all three dialects and languages in some songs, a mixture he calls "Spatoinglish". Notch has worked with Daddy Yankee, Luny Tunes, Voltio, Baby Ranks, Thievery Corporation, Sublime, Pitbull, T-Weaponz, and Rascalz.
Notch has provided vocals on several Thievery Corporation songs, including the title track of The Richest Man in Babylon, "Amerimacka", "Blasting Through the City" and "Strike the Root". Four songs also appear on Thievery's Corporation's "The Temple of I & I" including "Strike the Root," "True Sons of Zion," "Weapons of Distraction," and "Drop Your Guns."
|Raised by the People|
|Studio album by |
|Released||May 22, 2007|
|Label||Cinco Por Cinco Records|
- Raised by the People (2007)
- Intro/ Hay Que Bueno
- Dale Pa' Tra (Back It Up)
- Guaya Guaya
- Que Te Pica
- Layaway Love
- Layaway Love Remix (feat. Fatman Scoop)
- Más De Ti
- Ella Se Fue
- No Problema
- Jah Mexi Cali
- Mano y Mano
- Verme (Remix) - (with Baby Ranks & Jabba)
- Chévere (Remix) - (with Voltio)
- Bailar Reggae
- Bun Out Bad Mind
- Hay Que Bueno
- Tú 'Tá Loco