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

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. have been barely out their adolescence once they turned the primary feminine group signed to Ruthless Records. In reality, Baby D wasn’t even in highschool but.

“Baby D was solely 15,” J.B. tells implurnt. “She actually was a child laughs]. She was nonetheless in center college so yeah, it was form 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 vital it was going to be or how large it was going to be. When it actually hit, we didn’t actually get the magnitude it.”

Their influence 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 venture 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 one of the best time. As many occasions 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 obtained mad as a result of we knew that he had our greatest curiosity at coronary heart, so we by no means obtained mad about that and we’d have a blast. We performed tag within the studio, so we actually had one of the best time ever.”

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

“That was such a pivotal and thrilling second for us as a result of we have been so younger and to be nominated with the group people who have been additionally our friends was superb,” she says. “Now, the draw back that’s that was the very first 12 months 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 have been the one ones who determined to go. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Run-DMC and I feel Public Enemy have been all nominated and so they all determined to boycott.

“We have been like, ‘Should we have now boycotted as properly?’ But we have 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 identical time, I perceive now extra why they boycotted and did what they did. They have been making a stand and we have been too younger to know 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 unhealthy for going, which I actually admire 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 have been younger first all, and we didn’t perceive the entire enterprise in addition to we must always have,” she admits. “But we figured, ‘Okay, we will’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 12 months and a half’ and we have been like, ‘What?!’

“He had so many acts at the moment that he was dedicated to and so we most likely ought to’ve waited and tried to simply do perhaps a single with him simply to maintain our identify on the market after which work on the album, however we have 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 have 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 entire roster handled them like household. If N.W.A would’ve emerged through the #MeToo period, many their misogynistic lyrics can be scrutinized and shortly turn into a trending Twitter subject. But again then, they have been fearless and mentioned no matter they wished regardless of how reckless it appeared. J.B. remembers a dialog with Eazy relating to the way in which they generally spoke about ladies and he advised her one thing she’ll always remember.

“Eazy-E advised me this a very long time in the past and it simply caught with me,” she says. “When we first began we have been like, ‘Don’t you’re feeling unhealthy calling all ladies bitches and hoes and don’t you’re feeling some form approach 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 have 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, once they weren’t within the sales space, they didn’t speak like that, which everyone is gonna be actually stunned about,” she says. “We have been handled like their little sisters. They have been very protecting. They made positive we have been taken care . Nobody might step to us. It was like they have been very, very gentlemanly and protecting.

“They have been mainly attempting 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 might be the people who find themselves that.”

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

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

In Part II the J.J. Fad interview, J.B. talks concerning 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.