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Chester Hansen
Chester Hansen of BADBADNOTGOOD - Haldern Pop Festival 2017-3 (cropped).jpg
Hansen at the 2017 Haldern Pop Festival
Background information
Birth name Chester Anton Mathias Hansen
Born (1992-05-01) May 1, 1992 (age 31)
Ottawa, Ontario
Origin Toronto, Ontario
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • producer
  • Bass guitar
  • upright bass
  • guitar
  • keys
Years active 2010–present

Chester Anton Mathias Hansen (born May 1, 1992) is a Canadian musician and songwriter, best known as bassist of instrumental group BADBADNOTGOOD. As a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, Hansen often works with his bandmates and producer Frank Dukes and is credited for co-writing hit songs by Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Daniel Caesar, and Kali Uchis, among others.

Personal life and career

Hansen was born on May 1, 1992, in Ottawa, Ontario. He was raised in the Nepean area of the city and attended Canterbury High School, a local arts magnet school. Growing up, he played piano and shifted his focus to the bass during high school. Beginning in his teens, Hansen worked on and released music which combined hip-hop, jazz, and electronic influences.

In 2010, Hansen began attending Humber College in Toronto to study music performance. In his first year, he met fellow music students Alexander Sowinski and Matthew Tavares and began collaborating with them, creating what would become BADBADNOTGOOD. The band had viral success in 2011 after posting jazz covers of Odd Future songs online, and released their debut record that Fall. He withdrew from school in February 2012.

With BBNG, Hansen has released five full-length albums, including a collaborative record with Ghostface Killah, and has been short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize twice.

In the early 2010s, Hansen began working with close BBNG collaborator Frank Dukes. With him, as well as other members of BBNG, they composed original music for hip-hop music sampling. ....." As part of BBNG, Hansen also works as a songwriter and producer, which includes writing music for sampling as well as working with fellow artists in the studio.


Hansen's style and sound is often compared to that of the 1960s and 1970s, particularly because of his stocky, warm bass tone. One critic commented, "Hansen has married the sounds and dexterous, melodic playing style of yesteryear with a modern band and music scene."

As a bassist, Hansen often plays a Gibson Grabber and a vintage Gibson SB-300. He employs a variety of basses in live settings including a Gallien-Krueger 800/700 RB (with an 8×10 GK cab), a Gallien-Krueger Fusion 500 (with a 4×10 Kicker CX cab), and a D’Angelico Excel SD. He has commented that he likes to use thick flat-wound strings far off of the neck.

Additionally, Hansen often plays keyboards on records. He has perfect pitch.



  • BBNG (2011)
  • BBNG2 (2012)
  • III (2014)
  • Sour Soul (with Ghostface Killah) (2015)
  • IV (2016)
  • Talk Memory (2021)

Production and songwriting credits

Partial discography, adapted from SOCAN. Note, Hansen's work is sometimes incorrectly credited to C. John "Jack" Hansen, a producer notable for his work with Buddy Holly.

Production credits as part of BADBADNOTGOOD

Notable credits include,

Other credits

  • The Living Sound System – Night of the Living Sound System (2011); keys
  • Talib Kweli – "What's Real" (featuring RES) from Gravitas (2013) (uncredited) – with Frank Dukes
  • Drake – "0 to 100 / The Catch Up " (2014) (samples "Vibez") (Certifications US: 2× platinum; UK: Silver) – with Frank Dukes
  • Talib Kweli – "Arsenio Hall Show" (2014) – with Frank Dukes
  • Yuna – "Broke Her" (2014) (samples "Vibez") – with Frank Dukes
  • Fabolous – "Bish Bounce" from The Young OG Project (2014) – with Frank Dukes
  • Wale – "The Helium Balloon" from The Album About Nothing (2015) – with Frank Dukes
  • Logic – "Top Ten" feat. Big K.R.I.T. (2015) (samples "Vibez") – with Frank Dukes
  • Mac Miller – "Perfect Circle / God Speed" from GO:OD AM (2015) (uncredited) – with Frank Dukes
  • Kingsway Music Library – Colors (2015); bass, keys, vocals – with Frank Dukes
  • Estan –The Vanity Of Reason (2015); bass
  • Rihanna – "... Me" from ANTi (2016) (Certifications – US: 2× platinum; UK: Silver) – with Frank Dukes
  • TGOD Mafia – "Stay the Same" from Rude Awakening (2016) (samples "Vibez") – with Frank Dukes
  • Lil Pump – "Flex Like Ouu" from Lil Pump (2017) (Certifications – US: gold) – with Frank Dukes
  • Aminé – "Yellow" from Good for You (2017) – with Frank Dukes
  • Saukrates – "The Grand Design" from Season 2 (2017) – with Frank Dukes
  • Charlotte Day Wilson – "Doubt" (2017); writing, bass, guitar
  • Charlotte Day Wilson – "Let You Down" and "Funeral" from Stone Woman EP (2018); bass
  • MattyDéjàvu (2018); bass, writing
  • Wes Allen – Funny Thing EP (2018); producer, mixed, instrumentation
  • Jerry Paper – Like A Baby (2018); bass
  • Tropics – "Never Letting Go" and "Come Home" off Nocturnal Souls (2018); bass
  • Matty – "Selfportrait" (2019); writing, bass
  • Elijah Blake – "Half in Love" (2019); writing
  • Safe – "No Rush" from Stay (2019); writing
  • Doug Shorts – "Heads or Tails" from Casual Encounter (2019) – with Frank Dukes
  • Ben L'Oncle Soul – "Next To You" feat. Yuna and "I Love This Game" from Addicted to You (2020); bass
  • Beachtown Exile – Feeling Again (2020); mixing
  • Steve Arrington – "Good Mood" from Down To The Lowest Terms: The Soul Sessions (2020); bass (prod. Jerry Paper)
  • Rogê - "Pra Vida" (2022); bass



As producer and songwriter

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result Note Ref.
2015 Grammy Awards Best Rap Song "0 to 100 / The Catch Up" (Drake) Nominated With Frank Dukes, et al.
Best Rap Performance Nominated
ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Award R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Won
2016 SOCAN Songwriting Prize "Paradise" (Daniel Caesar) Nominated With BBNG, et al.
2018 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards R&B/Hip-Hop Songs "... Me" (Rihanna) Won With Frank Dukes, et al.
Grammy Awards Album of the Year .... (Kendrick Lamar) Nominated With BBNG, et al.
Best Rap Album Won
SOCAN Awards R&B Music "Get You" (Daniel Caesar) Won
2019 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Won
Grammy Awards Album of the Year Black Panther: The Album Nominated
2021 Best Progressive R&B Album It Is What It Is (Thundercat) Won
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