Robert Barisford Brown

Robert Barisford Brown (born February 5, 1969)

Robert Barisford Brown is an American singer, songwriter and dancer.

 Brown, alongside frequent collaborator Teddy Riley, is noted as one of the pioneers of new jack swing: a fusion of hip hop and R&B. 

Brown started his career in the R&B and pop group New Edition, from its inception in 1978 until his exit from the group in December 1985.

Brown also appeared in the films A Thin Line Between Love and Hate and Two Can Play That Game.

Brown was born in Boston, Massachusetts, as one of eight children of Carole Elizabeth (born Williams), a substitute teacher, and Herbert James Brown, a construction worker.

Brown grew up in Roxbury's Orchard Park Projects.