Lately everyone else has been dropping surprise albums but Chris Brown had something else in mind. A baby.
Chris Brown is the proud father of a 9-month-old baby girl ... TMZ has learned.
The baby's mother is a 31-year-old former model named Nia -- who we're told has known Chris for several years.
Sources connected to both Nia and Chris tell us they are on very good terms -- however they're not together romantically. We're told 25-year-old Chris is happy about being a father.
It does not appear there is a formal child support order in place -- and we do not know the nature of any informal terms of support.
One thing's for sure ... baby girl looks a lot like Daddy.