Sunday, September 7, 2008

J.J. Fad

J.J. Fad is a female hip-hop/rap group from Rialto, California (which is about 45 minutes east of Los Angeles).

The group's name stands for "Just Jammin Fresh and Def," but it was originally formed from the first names of the members.
The original lineup consisted of Juana Burns, Dania Burks, Michelle Franklin, Anna Cash, Fatima Shaheed and Juanita Lee.

In 1987, they released only one song, "Another Ho" (which took jabs at female rapper Roxanne Shante).

Anna, Fatima, and Juanita left the group due to management & financial issues, leaving J.J. Fad as a trio with their MC, DJ Train.

The new line-up of J.J. Fad consisted of MC J.B. (Juana), Sassy C. (Michelle), and Baby-D (Dania). They became one of the original acts signed to Ruthless Records by the late Eazy-E.

 In 1987, they managed to sell 400,000 copies of their single, "Supersonic" independently before Eazy-E and Jerry Heller managed to secure a major record contract.
In 1988, 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.

The album was produced by Dr. Dre and DJ Yella with Arabian Prince before they gained success with N.W.A.
"Supersonic" became a hit for the trio, peaking at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, and #22 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The second single from the album, "Way Out" peaked at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100, #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #51 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Is It Love" peaked at #92 on the Billboard Hot 100. J.J. Fad became the first female rap group to earn a Grammy nomination and have a record reach platinum status.
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: "Be Good Ta Me" and "We In the House." After that, J.J. Fad broke up.

In 1994, DJ Train passed away from smoke inhalation. In 2006, female singer Fergie used an interpolation of "Supersonic" in her hit song, "Fergalicious" along with a sample of Afro-Rican's song, "Give it All You Got."

After being out of the music scene for almost two decades raising their families, J.J. Fad reunited and began touring in 2009. "Supersonic" appeared in Dance Central 3 and was promoted by the group on their Facebook page.

These days, J.J. Fad continue to tour around the nation, doing guest appearances and Old School shows. They are also working on a new album.

To see J.J. Fad's official website, go to:
http://www.jjfad.com/

To see J.J. Fad's official Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/apps/feed#!/pages/OFFICIAL-JJ-FAD-PAGE/303126079201

To see the music video for "Supersonic," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_tIlVT1iDg

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=ZsyWMqKVHvo

To see the music video for "We In the House," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aktqYSLkj68

To see a fan-made video for "Anotha Ho," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elTOeE6eofE

To see a fan-made video for the 1987 version of "Supersonic," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2QZEuu2n18


[updated on 03/09/13]

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