Sunday, September 7, 2008

J.J. Fad

J.J. Fad is a female hip-hop/rap group from Rialto, California.

Their name was originally an acronym of the original group members' given names, but it was later changed to stand for "Just Jammin Fresh and Def." They became one of the original acts signed to rapper Eazy-E's Ruthless Records label.
The group was first formed in 1985 with members Juana "MC J.B." Burns, Dania "Baby-D" Birks, Anna "Lady Anna" Cash, Fatima "O.G. Rocker" Shaheed & Juanita "Crazy J" Lee.

In 1987, JJ Fad released their debut single "Anotha Ho" (which took jabs at female rapper Roxanne Shante). It's unknown how or if the single ever charted at all, but the b-side of the single would feature their future hit song "Supersonic."

Due to financial & management issues, Anna, Fatima & Juanita left the group. The remaining members, MC J.B. and Baby-D were later joined by Michelle "Sassy C" and DJ Train.

In 1988, the trio re-recorded & re-released "Supersonic" as the a-side this time which sold 400,000 copies independently before Eazy-E and the group's music manager Jerry Heller secured them a major-label record deal with Atco Records.
In July of that same year, J.J. Fad released their debut album "Supersonic: The Album" which peaked at #49 on the Billboard 200 and #20 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. It was produced by Dr. Dre, DJ Yella & Arabian Prince.

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA and received a Grammy nomination.
The title song became a hit for the trio, peaking at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100, #22 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 14 weeks), #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

Due to the success of the song, it was certified Gold by the RIAA and received a Grammy nomination as well. In 2006, female singer\actress Fergie used an interpolation of the track in her song "Fergalicious."
The follow-up single from the album "Way Out" peaked at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100, #51 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart (which stayed on the chart for 8 weeks) and #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The last single released from the album "Is It Love" peaked at #92 on the Billboard Hot 100, but didn't appear to make the R&B charts.
In 1991, J.J. Fad released their sophomore album "Not Just a Fad" which was produced by DJ Yella and overseen by Eazy-E.
The album failed to gain any success on the charts nor did the two singles released from the album: "Be Good Ta Me" and "We In the House."

Shortly after the release of "Not Just a Fad," J.J. Fad disbanded in 1992 and spent the next couple of years raising their respective families. Sadly in 1994, DJ Train passed away from smoke inhalation.

After spending almost two decades out of the music business, J.J. Fad reunited in 2009. These days, the trio performs at old-school and freestyle concerts.

To see J.J. Fad's official website, go to:
http://uncle-louie.com/jjfad/home.html

To see J.J. Fad's official Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/JJFAD123/

To see the music video for "Supersonic," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3nPLoODtGU

To see a fan-made video for "Way Out," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lcdmq8YRuTs

To see the music video for "Is It Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhsOBeplnJI

To see the music video for "Be Good Ta Me," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_UYobi2bZ4

To see the music video for "We In the House," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5TeiBjW8wI

To see a fan-made video for "Anotha Ho," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldrcZNTYfmA

To see a fan-made video for the original version of "Supersonic," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2QZEuu2n18


[updated on September 22, 2017]

1 comment:

macelo adu said...

um dos dos meus grupos de mulher que eu gosto de ouvir até hoje.