Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Paperboy (born Mitchell Johnson in Los Angeles, California) is a hip-hop rapper from the early 90's. Before getting into the music biz, he was a baseball player.

At the age 16, Paperboy was writing music and even worked with lead singer of the Sylvers, Foster Sylver. Before Foster left for a music meeting in Vegas, he told Paperboy if he didn't have what the executives were looking for, he was going to play them his music.

Luckily, when Foster went to the meeting, they were looking for hip-hop music & Foster kept his word. One day, Foster knocked on the door of Paperboy's house, Paperboy answered the door and the rest is history.

In 1992, Paperboy released his debut album, "The Nine Yards" which peaked at #48 on the Billboard 200 chart and #26 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on June 22, 1993.
In 1993, Paperboy's biggest hit to date, "Ditty" peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, #20 on Billboard's Rap Singles chart, #9 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #23 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #17 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks.

The song sampled Zapp's song, "Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)" and the single was certified Platinum by the RIAA.
The follow-up single from the album, "Bumpin' (Adaptation of Humpin')" didn't chart on the Hot 100, but managed to peak at #90 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
In 1996, Paperboy released his sophomore album, "City to City" which didn't appear on any Billboard charts at all.
Despite the single, "P's Cure" being released, the album wasn't as successful as his debut album. After that, nothing much was heard from Paperboy and he had seemingly faded into obscurity.
In 2004, 8 years after his last album, Paperboy released his third album, "The Love Never Dies" on Thump Records.
These days, Paperboy is still active in the music biz, releasing his fourth album, "The New News" in 2008 which is available digitally on iTunes. The album features appearances by rappers Krayzie Bone, E-40 and Slim Thug.

To see Paperboy's MySpace page, go to:

To see the music video for "Ditty," go to:

To see the music video for "Bumpin," go to:

To see the music video for "P's Cure," go to:

[Updated on 04\07\2016]

1 comment:

stressedg said...

i used to love him back in the day! i never even knew there were other albums after the whole nine yards!