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The 100 Best L.A. Rap Songs

53. J.J. Fad "Supersonic" (1988)

Album: Supersonic
Label: Ruthless
Producer: Dr. Dre, DJ Yella, Arabian Prince

Salt-N-Pepa was the biggest female rap act in the world.  Thus, Eazy-E needed his own version of Salt-N-Pepa.  J.J. Fad was three teenagers from Rialto, California: MC J.B. (Juana Burns), Baby-D (Dania Birks), and Sassy C. (Michelle Franklin). Up to 1987, “Supersonic” was the biggest-selling song on Ruthless Records, with over 400,000 copies sold out of car trunks under the supervision of Jerry Heller and Eazy-E. When Atlantic picked up J.J. Fad for national distribution, Heller enthused to the New York office: “It’s just jammin’, fresh and def,” which was the acronym Eazy had deduced from the group’s moniker. “Supersonic” went on to become an even bigger national hit, and with good reason. It’s the perfect merger of Arabian Prince’s fast-break electro and Cold Chillin’-style beatboxing.

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