J.J. Fad Revisits Working With Dr. Dre On History-Making “Supersonic” Album 30 Years Later

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Despite the hardcore gangsta rap N.W.A pumped out throughout its tenure, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, MC Ren, Ice Cube, Arabian Prince and DJ Yella had a st spot for J.J. Fad. After all, Sassy C, Baby D and MC J.B. had been barely out their adolescence after they turned the primary feminine group signed to Ruthless Records. In truth, Baby D wasn’t even in highschool but.

“Baby D was solely 15,” J.B. tells HipHopDX. “She actually was a child laughs]. She was nonetheless in center college so yeah, it was variety bizarre being that younger. But you simply wanna do one thing completely different. You have a ardour for music and rap and at the moment, nobody was doing it. We didn’t understand how essential it was going to be or how huge it was going to be. When it actually hit, we didn’t actually get the magnitude it.”

Their affect remains to be felt 30 years later. Last summer season, J.J. Fad celebrated the anniversary their seminal album, Supersonic. Produced by Dre, the 10-track undertaking was licensed gold by the RIAA three months after its June 1988 launch.

“We had a lot enjoyable making the album],” she says. “We had the very best time. As many instances as Dre would say, ‘Again, once more, once more,’ we didn’t even get mad. We simply begin laughing like, ‘Oh my god, are you actually gonna say once more once more?’ He’s such a perfectionist. But we by no means received mad as a result of we knew that he had our greatest curiosity at coronary heart, so we by no means received mad about that and we’d have a blast. We performed tag within the studio, so we actually had the very best time ever.”

Supersonic additionally earned the group an historic Grammy nomination. They had been the primary feminine rap group to ever obtain the respect so, course, they needed to attend the ceremony. While teams like Public Enemy, Run-DMC and DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince had been boycotting the 1989 ceremony, Baby D, Sassy C and J.B. had been prepared to go just because they understood they won’t ever get one other probability — they usually had been proper.

“That was such a pivotal and thrilling second for us as a result of we had been so younger and to be nominated with the group people who had been additionally our friends was wonderful,” she says. “Now, the draw back that’s that was the very first yr they put the rap class into the Grammy’s and the Grammy folks determined they weren’t gonna televise that portion it. So us and Kool Moe D had been the one ones who determined to go. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Run-DMC and I feel Public Enemy had been all nominated they usually all determined to boycott.

“We had been like, ‘Should we’ve got boycotted as properly?’ But we had been so younger that it was like what if this chance by no means comes once more? And it didn’t. I’m so glad that we went, however on the similar time, I perceive now extra why they boycotted and did what they did. They had been making a stand and we had been too younger to grasp that. But the blessing in all that although is that none these teams ever held a grudge or mentioned, ‘You guys are wack for going.’ Nobody ever made us really feel dangerous for going, which I actually respect as a result of they may’ve completely dogged us.”

Looking again, J.B. doesn’t have many regrets about these early years, though she does want they wouldn’t have rushed their second album, 1990’s Not Just A Fad. Rather than have Dre on the helm, they enlisted the assistance Arabian Prince and DJ Yella. In hindsight, she realizes their impatience took them f course.

“We ought to’ve waited for Dre, however we didn’t as a result of we had been younger first all, and we didn’t perceive the entire enterprise in addition to we should always have,” she admits. “But we figured, ‘Okay, we are able to’t relaxation in between albums. Supersonic is beginning to die down and we have to come again fast.’ Dre was like, ‘If you guys need me to do it, you gotta wait like a yr and a half’ and we had been like, ‘What?!’

“He had so many acts at the moment that he was dedicated to and so we in all probability ought to’ve waited and tried to only do perhaps a single with him simply to maintain our title on the market after which work on the album, however we had been like, ‘No, that’s okay. We’ll work with Yella.’ And I’m not dogging any them in any respect. It simply wasn’t the identical sound that we had been used to, so it simply didn’t go over properly.”

J.J. Fad will all the time be a component Ruthless Records’ legacy. The complete roster handled them like household. If N.W.A would’ve emerged in the course of the #MeToo period, many their misogynistic lyrics can be scrutinized and shortly grow to be a trending Twitter matter. But again then, they had been fearless and mentioned no matter they wished irrespective of how reckless it appeared. J.B. remembers a dialog with Eazy relating to the best way they generally spoke about ladies and he informed her one thing she’ll always remember.

“Eazy-E informed me this a very long time in the past and it simply caught with me,” she says. “When we first began we had been like, ‘Don’t you’re feeling dangerous calling all ladies bitches and hoes and don’t you’re feeling some variety manner about that?’ He checked out me and he mentioned, ‘Are you a bitch?’ I mentioned, ‘No’ He mentioned, ‘Are you a ho?’ I mentioned, ‘No.’ He goes, ‘Then we’re not speaking about you.’ And I used to be like, ‘Wow, I by no means considered that.’ That by no means left my thoughts.”

J.B. explains that wasn’t actually who they had been — it was extra a persona.

“The humorous factor is, being within the studio with all them guys and listening to their lyrics and stuff, after they weren’t within the sales space, they didn’t discuss like that, which all people is gonna be actually stunned about,” she says. “We had been handled like their little sisters. They had been very protecting. They made positive we had been taken care . Nobody may step to us. It was like they had been very, very gentlemanly and protecting.

“They had been principally making an attempt to shock the world. I’m not gonna say some it wasn’t their fact as a result of it was, however most it was for the shock issue and letting folks perceive the sort world that they got here from. Only people who get upset about which can be the people who find themselves that.”

Fast-forward to 2019 and J.J. Fad nonetheless performs recurrently, one thing J.B. acknowledges doesn’t occur for everybody.

“It doesn’t even appear to be that way back,” she admits. “It looks as if yesterday. It simply makes us understand how previous we’re getting laughs]. But it’s only a blessing although to nonetheless be capable to rise up do excursions and nonetheless be capable to get pleasure from what we do.”

In Part II the J.J. Fad interview, J.B. talks in regards to the group being neglected 2016’s Straight Outta Compton biopic, classes she discovered from Chuck D and the time Run-DMC’s Darryl “DMC” McDaniels needed to babysit Baby D.