Notch (musician)

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Birth name Norman Howell
Born (1973-05-11) May 11, 1973 (age 44)
Origin Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Genres Reggae, R&B, dancehall, reggaeton
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 1990–present
Labels Delicious Vinyl/Eastwest Records
Associated acts Born Jamericans

Norman Howell (born May 11, 1973, 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 force behind the hip hop-reggae act, Born Jamericans.[1]

He has been featured on hit albums such as Mas Flow 2, Mas Flow 2.5, Chosen Few II: El Documental, Barrio Fino, and The Cosmic Game. His first solo album, Raised by the People, was released in May 2007.


Early life[edit]

Notch's mother is African American of Native American, Portuguese, and Puerto Rican descent, his father was born in Jamaica and is of Afro-Cuban and French descent. His parents separated while still an infant. He spent his early years with his mother living in Hartford, Connecticut. He grew up in a multicultural neighborhood. Notch learned how to speak Spanish because most of his friends at that time were of Hispanic descent. He went to go 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 Spanish. Some songs can be heard with him mixing all three, a mixture he calls 'Spatoinglish'. He has worked with Daddy Yankee, Luny Tunes, Voltio, Baby Ranks, Thievery Corporation, Sublime, Pitbull, T-Weaponz and Rascalz.

Notch provided the vocals on the songs "The Richest Man in Babylon", "Amerimacka", "Blasting Through the City" and "Strike The Root" produced by Thievery Corporation.


Born Jamericans[edit]

Solo work[edit]

Raised by the People
Studio album by Notch
Released May 22, 2007
Recorded 2006/2007
Genre Reggaeton
Hip hop
Label Cinco Por Cinco Records
Machete Music
Producer Supa Dups
  • Raised by the People (2007)
    1. Intro/ Hay Que Bueno
    2. Dale Pa' Tra (Back It Up)
    3. Algarete
    4. Guaya Guaya
    5. Que Te Pica
    6. Layaway Love
    7. Layaway Love Remix (feat. Fatman Scoop)
    8. Rosalinda
    9. Traemelo
    10. Tocame
    11. Más De Ti
    12. Ella Se Fue
    13. Castigo
    14. No Problema
    15. Jah Mexi Cali
    16. Mano y Mano
    17. Verme (Remix) - (with Baby Ranks & Jabba)
    18. Chévere (Remix) - (with Voltio)
    19. Bailar Reggae
    20. Bun Out Bad Mind
    21. Hay Que Bueno
    22. Tú 'Tá Loco


  1. ^ Cordor, Cyril. "Biography: Notch". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 

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