Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Boys

The Boys are an all-male R&B group consisting of the Abdulsamad brothers from Carson, California. The brothers are: Khiry (born on November 8, 1973), Hakeem (born on March 26, 1975), Tajh (born on December 10, 1976) and Bilal (born on April 17, 1979).

Along with their music career, some of the brothers have acting experience as well, appearing in various television shows & movies.

Khiry and Hakeem first began singing when they were 9 and 5 years old respectively. Their younger brothers would later join them when they first began entertaining in public for tips. They first began singing in public when they were unable to afford a Father's Day gift for their father, Jabari. Their mother, Angela suggested that they sing at the beach in Venice, California which turned out to be a good idea as they earned more than $50 in just a few hours.

During the summer of 1984, Jabari took his sons to Venice Beach every weekend where they earned $12,000 which helped pay for their school clothes & books. The Boys were only allowed to perform in public during their summer break.

Their parents' goal was to shape their sons into productive adults. Even though Jabari majored in early childhood education in college, he worked as an ironworker and ran a carpet cleaning business for extra income.

In the summer of 1986, the brothers decided that they didn't want to perform at the beach anymore and wanted to make records. Angela and Jabari attended a four-week course at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College called "Entertainment Management" which taught them the ropes of the entertainment industry.

The Boys later performed at local talent shows and private parties. One day at a talent show they were performing at, the announcer asked Angela the group's name. At first, she responded with "my boys," but later changed her answer to "the Boys" and the name stuck.

Jabari delivered a self-produced demo to MCA, Motown and Solar Records. All three companies wanted them, but in the end, they chose to sign with MCA. After Berry Gordy retired from Motown Records, the brothers were moved to the label and Jheryl Busby became in charge.

Not only could the Boys sing, they wrote & produced their own songs, making them Motown Records' youngest producers.

While working on their debut album, the Boys befriended Babyface & L.A. Reid (who worked on the songs "Lucky Charm," "A Little Romance" and "Dial My Heart").

At first, they didn't like the songs, but changed their minds after Babyface performed them live at their house.
In 1988, the Boys released their debut album, "Messages From The Boys" which peaked at #33 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.  
The first single from the album "Dial My Heart" which peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 (becoming their highest chart appearance on the Hot 100 to date) and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for a week in December of 1988.

The song also peaked at  #18 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #61 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single from the album, "Lucky Charm" became another hit for The Boys, topping Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for a week in April of 1989, but missed the Billboard Hot 100. It also managed to peak at #14 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart & #94 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The third single from the album "A Little Romance" peaked at #29 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The last single released from the album, "Happy" peaked at #57 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 8 weeks.
In 1990, The Boys released their self-titled sophomore album which peaked at #108 on the Billboard 200 and #24 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album "Crazy" became the group's third (and last to date) number-one R&B hit, topping Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for a week in September of 1990. The song also peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #57 on the U.K. Singles chart. The song was even featured in a commercial for Pepsi soda. 

Jabari established a 900 number that for $2.50 a minute, you could chat with the Boys in supposedly "real time" and became successful. He was able to do this without interference or compensation to Motown Records because he kept all of the group's ancillary rights.

Motown wanted to get the Boys a manager due to their parents' inexperience in managing, but Jabari & Angela refused to do so and continued to manage their sons' career.
The follow-up single from the album, "Thing Called Love" peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Thanx 4 The Funk" peaked at #26 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #8 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
In 1992, the Boys released their last studio album, "The Saga Continues...." peaked at #191 on the Billboard 200 and #45 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The only single from the album to chart was the title song which peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.

After the group's record contract with Motown expired in 1993, they were offered a six-year deal which they accepted at first, but then decided that they didn't want to record music for the label anymore. The label even offered them their own label deal, but they passed on the two music acts they produced for.

After leaving Motown, the Boys stepped out of the spotlight in favor of pursuing a journey of self discovery. During that time, they moved to West Africa, focusing on studying and traveling along with developing their music production skills.

In 1998, the Abdulsamad brothers began releasing new music independently under the name "Suns of Light." Since then, they have released various indie solo projects and producing music.

These days, Hakim and Bilal reside in Gambia where they operate two recording studios. Khiry works in film & video production in Los Angeles, California. Tahj works in merchandising in Atlanta, Georgia.

To see the Boys' website, go to:
https://www.theboysallaccess.com/

To see the Boys' Facebook page "The Boys All Access," go to:
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTheBoys

To see the music video for "Dial My Heart," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBPpa8RROIo

To see the music video for "Lucky Charm," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7Tq0-LZ9Es

To see the music video for "A Little Romance," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dl07EUPZiY

To see the music video for "Happy," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TFwKwtI8MQ

To see the music video for "Crazy," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TzePE4ufMI

To see the music video for "Thing Called Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t_O0EdTctQ

To see the music video for "Thanx 4 The Funk," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwXnCagZzaI

To see the music video for "The Saga Continues," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi-r-RTHQaQ

[updated on September 22, 2017]

4 comments:

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JNez said...

wow this is great! i'm introducing my daughters to boy bands from back in the day and the boys were the ish! i was 15 in 1988 when they were jumping off. good, good memories!

added you to my feeds. are you on twitter?

Kyleigh said...

To JNez:

I'm glad you've visited my blog. To answer your question, I am not on Twitter. (Quite frankly, I have never heard of it before.)

I hope you enjoy my blog and keep checking back for more great new music!!

htowndisaster said...

The Boys/The Suns have a new website: http://www.vibeout.tv

New releases from Hakim and Tajh, new pictures (March 2009), videos, blogs, etc.