The persona of producer and singer Jahron Brathwaite, PartyNextDoor finds the Toronto-based artist experimenting with a fractured blend of minimal hip-hop and R&B that has drawn natural comparisons to fellow Canadians Drake and the Weeknd. No stranger to featured appearances himself, Brathwaite has lent his vocals, songwriting, and studio skills to a handful of Drake cuts, as well as ones by the likes of Big Sean, Lil Yachty, Rihanna (most notably "Work"), Major Lazer, and ZAYN. The first artist signed to Drake's OVO Sound label, Brathwaite debuted in 2013 and soon notched two hit singles, "Come and See Me" and "Not Nice." His albums have also risen high, including Top Five appearances for 2016's PartyNextDoor 3 and 2020's Partymobile.
Brathwaite made his self-titled debut on Drake's Warner Bros.-supported OVO Sound label in July 2013. A low-key release with Drake featured on one cut, it reached number 34 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. A sequel, PartyNextDoor Two, followed in July 2014 with a greater promotional push. It topped the R&B/hip-hop chart and crossed into the Billboard 200 at number 19, aided by "Recognize," on which Drake once again provided an assist. PNDColours, a four-track EP, followed in December 2014. A little less than two years later, "Come and See Me," yet another Drake-enhanced track, became Brathwaite's first single to crack the Hot 100. The achievement immediately preceded the August 2016 release of his third album, titled PartyNextDoor 3 (which one might mistake as "PX3," due to its artwork). The following June, after he had co-written DJ Khaled's "Shining," appeared on Drake's More Life, and was featured on ZAYN's "Still Got Time," he issued the Colours 2 EP. The Majid Jordan collaboration "One I Want" arrived later that month and a second 2017 EP, Seven Days, landed in September.
In the years beween his own solo releases, Brathwaite hopped onto tracks with Calvin Harris ("Nuh Ready Nuh Ready") and Summer Walker ("Just Might"). His third official full-length, Partymobile, arrived in March 2020 and featured familiar guests such as Drake and Rihanna. ~ Gregory Heaney & Andy Kellman