Brandy Tells All: The Stories Behind Her Classic Records

Brandy & Monica, “The Boy is Mine” (1998)

Producer: Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins

Album: Never Say Never

Label: Atlantic

“We were in the studio together at first. But ‘The Boy is Mine’ was already done without Monica, and I was like ‘Mhm, this song needs Monica on it.’ At that time we hadn’t really met and we hadn’t really known each other at all, but people were putting us against each other. They were making us into a rivalry. I was like this was the perfect song to continue that. It just made sense because people already thought we didn’t like each other, so we had this song and it was the perfect song to keep that going.

“She got on the song, she did so good, and she just made the song what it needed to be. It came out and did what it did, and I was like ‘Woah, this is pretty big.’ I’ve never had a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100. We did R&B charts and we got to the top on those, but we didn’t get all the way to number one on the Hot 100. That’s an accomplishment, because you want to see number one in the red.

“They brought into it too much to the point where it’s like now we really don’t like each other. People still send me tweets today, I’m sure Monica will tell you the same thing, “So whose boy was it?” People really buy into that stuff. But we never were really fighting over a boy. We didn’t even know each other to not like each other. So it was one of those phenomenons that kind of just made sense, I guess, to everyone.”

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