Fitz Cotterell—also known as his stage moniker Prezident Brown—was born in the hills of Clarendon, Jamaica. As a young performer, he was initially called Slim Brown because of his resemblance—in both looks and musicality—to his mentor, U Brown. The most formative influence on Prezident Brown was producer and sound system operator Jack Ruby, best known for his work in the 1970s with roots reggae icon Burning Spear. Ruby saw something special in young Slim Brown and took him under his wing, re-naming him Prezident Brown.
Prezident Brown doesn't let stylistic boundaries get in the way of ambitious songs that combine Dancehall toasting (a style of lyrical chanting in Jamaican music) with gruff, rootsy singing. His tracks range from hard and upbeat to melodic acoustic guitar and Nyabingi drum-laced ballads. The reggae artist has been well-received in the United States and is building a large fan base with his timelessly beautiful albums and singles. He is also driven by a sense of mission and purpose, which dictates that he heightens the consciousness of a people as much as entertains.