Logan Brown blends music, comedy and social commentary in his topical debut album Black Man, White Privilege — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Brown has been carving his path in the entertainment industry for over a decade, sharing stages with some of Canada’s top comedians and establishing himself as a notable act. Now, the Ontario multi-talent is exploring the musical comedy universe with his full-length debut, whose provocative name comes from his heritage. “Despite being a split between Irish and Nigerian, I look like an extra from The Sopranos — or your least-favourite uncle after a trip to Florida,” he quips.
Black Man, White Privilege features 12 tracks, with lyrics that are simultaneously funny, sarcastic and provocative. “The album is an accurate representation of the type of humour I excel in,” he says. His light-hearted style touches on a wide range of topics in its melodies, from race to mental health and quirkiness of everyday life. Logan’s unpretentious wit and catchy melodies offer an experience stands up to repeated listening.
“The creation of each song begins with a simple query: ‘Is this humorous?’ ” he say. “And it only ends when I catch myself chuckling solo in my car or strumming my guitar at home — my rather suave way of saying, ‘Absolutely’.”
Each tune on Black Man, White Privilege offers a whimsical escape from the mundane. Just Kidding is a witty exploration of the profound love some have for their furry companions. Middle Aged Love shares a wink-and-nod contemplation of aging and the pursuit of eternal passion. And Secret Burger present a tale of drive-thru subterfuge: Whenever Brown’s wife sends him to the drive-thru, he gets himself an extra treat:
“What my wife don’t know could never hurt her
So I get myself a secret burger
Always on impulse never planned
Last minute purchase at the drive-thru stand
Don’t need a wrapper just throw it in my face
And forget you ever saw me set foot in this place.”
Brown was raised on a diet of Weird Al, Tenacious D, Flight Of The Conchords, The Lonely Island, Garfunkel & Oates and more. His goal was to create not just a comedy album he could be proud of, but also one that he believed was absent from the musical comedy scene — a creation that would make anyone and everyone laugh their heart out upon listening.
“Comedy saved my life not because I connected with a particular comic’s viewpoints or political ideologies, but because the involuntary compulsion to laugh is something I couldn’t avoid, no matter how deep into depression I was,” says the comic, who is not shy about discussing his struggles with mental health. When Logan is not on stage, you can find him on the podcast That’s Ruckus Baby with his two best friends.