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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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To see the music video for "Dial My Heart," go to:
To see the music video for "Lucky Charm," go to:
To see the music video for "A Little Romance," go to:
To see the music video for "Happy," go to:
To see the music video for "Crazy," go to:
To see the music video for "Thing Called Love," go to:
To see the music video for "Thanx 4 The Funk," go to:
To see the music video for "The Saga Continues," go to:
[updated on September 22, 2017]