This is Michael Mixerr. I will review JJ Fad - Not Just A Fad.
We In The House was the only successful single that spawned from the Not Just A Fad album that yet somehow managed to chart onto the BillBoard. Hip hop meets house on We In The House ultimately creating an infusion of hip house. Overall We In The House is a hip house type of song. We In The House was the only single properly promoted. The single gained enough momentum for a music video. However the music video did not receive much airplay.
JJ Fad tampers around with the sound of gangsta rap on We Want It All which gives the song a more hardcore edge. The track has a hard edge. One word to describe We Want It All is hardcore. A hip hop sound can be heard on here. JJ Fad almost never fails to impress. Although this song is not way out. (Or too way out at that.)
Step has so much dance music infused into one song. The beats are crazy. Step is something everyone can enjoy. The beat is slamming. The slamming beat is what made this song popular in 1991. However the song did not generate enough heat to chart onto the BillBoard. Hip hop meets house on the song Step which ultimately led to the creation of an infusion of hip house. Step seems to have been inspired by sounds from the genre of dance music. JJ Fad almost never fails to impress. Although this song is not way out. The track does have a hardened edge.
Ain’t Nothin’ Comin’ has a message that warns us to be against being pressured into sex. JJ Fad tells us you and no one else should not be being pressured into having sex. Rapists tend to take advantage of pressuring people into having sex.
Not Just a Fad seems to revisit We In The House. The beat is slamming. The slamming beat is what made this song popular in 1991.
In the end, this album proved for the record that JJ Fad was just a fad. JJ Fad “was just a fad” that came and went because they could not live up to the success and momentum of their multi-platinum album Supersonic. So the general public forgot all about JJ Fad and moved on with life. They could not reach with the same success as Supersonic with their follow-up album Not Just a Fad or win their audiences over. That is the reality. It's sad that these ladies didn't get to move onto superstardom like as Salt 'n' Pepa did. Or exactly how Def Dames did. JJ Fad was not too comparable to 3LW though. JJ Fad is comparable to the female duo Def Dames however.
Ruthless, ATCO, and Atlantic Records dropped the female trio JJ Fad due to poor performance sales from the Not Just a Fad album a year later in 1992. So way out they went. The group disbanded shortly afterwards. Not Just a Fad did not chart at all on the BillBoard. JJ Fad had ran their course with Ruthless, ATCO, and Atlantic.
Instead of waiting 3 years to record a follow-up album, JJ Fad should have waited a year or less to record a follow-up record. A period of 3 years to record a follow-up album is much too long. The music industry and general public move on in life and focus onto other artists in a timespan period of 3 years. Consistency is key in keeping a solid fanbase that is dedicated to a group, duo, trio, quartet, or solo artist.
One can tell that JJ Fad had fun writing this album. You and I can sense that. The record is positive overall.
The Not Just a Fad album does has its favorable tolerable moments such as We In The House for instance. We Want It All is another favorable tolerable moment due to the fact that the trio experimented around with the new burgeoning gangsta rap sound of the time. Electronic and pop on this album meet hip hop/rap.
The only downside is that there are too many intros (which is oddly used as a substitute for the interludes) included on this album.
I rate this album, Not Just A Fad, 4/5****!
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