The New Jack Swing era of music helped define music of the late 80’s and 90’s. First associated with Teddy Riley and Keith Sweat, the movement gave birth to many acts. One of the major NJS hits belongs to singer—and unfortunately, one hit wonder—Johnny Kemp.
The Bahamian born and Harlem raised singer struck gold with his 1988 Billboard Dance chart number one monster hit, “Just Got Paid.” The instrumental track of “Just Got Paid” was originally offered to Keith Sweat and after he passed it up, the track fell into Johnny Kemp who penned his own lyrics and thus made a tune that still gets clubs moving.
Since the late 80’s, Johnny Kemp has remained relatively silent and only made a few appearances, but he had such an influence on music with “Just Got Paid,” *NSYNC redid the song for their 2000 multiplatinum album, No Strings Attached and introduced the song to a new generation and audience.
It’s Friday—pay day—so enjoy this throwback video.