Thursday, September 21, 2017

Al B. Sure! – Off On Your Own Girl

Classics: Al B. Sure! – Off On Your Own Girl (Album Version) (Warner Bros.)

A quick look back at the history of its protagonists, and we’ll therefore realize as to how ‘Off On Your Own Girl’ has been the result of some planet alignment…

Mind you, Al B. Sure! had the potential to become a US football superstar, judging by the way he was doin’ at High School. He nevertheless decided to reject an athletic scholarship to the University of Iowa to pursue a music career. Although he first thought of himself as a rapper. In the meantime, Kyle West (his cousin and future producer) had abandoned music until his second year as a finance major at Louisiana State University. West eventually left tapes of tracks he’d recorded with Sure during his semester break. One of them becoming ‘Off On Your Own Girl’. And Sure! comin’ up with lyrics depicting the story of an uninterested girl he was pursuing. Soon after discovering she was a lesbian. And as a result leavin’ him in a state of frustration.

The second offshot from his 1988 ‘In Effect Mode’ album, ‘Off On Your Own Girl’ would provide him with a second #1 in the US R&B chart after ‘Nite & Day’. Meanwhile displayin’ the wide range of his abilities as a singer. And makin’ of him a drivin’ force in the then emerging New Jack Swing scene.

Overview
A Boston, MA native, Albert Joseph Brown III grew up in Leonia, NJ, and Mount Vernon, NY. A star football quarterback at Mount Vernon High School, he rejected an athletic scholarship to the University of Iowa to pursue a music career. Eventually teamin’ up with his cousin, Kyle West, who was to become his producer.

He would get some precious support from Quincy Jones. The latter as the first winner of the Sony Innovators Talent Search back in 1987. With both of them working together on various projects. Beginning with the memorable ‘The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)’. A cut from Jones‘s double-platinum-certified album ‘Back On The Block’. Meanwhile sharing the vocal duties with Barry White, El DeBarge, and James Ingram.

Opening his account as Al B. Sure! with The ‘In Effect Mode’ album back in 1988, he would get straight to the #1 position in the US R&B chart. Successively with ‘Night & Day’, seen by some as the first New Jack Swing cut. Then ‘Off On Your Own Girl’. ‘Rescue Me’ adding to the value of the album, meanwhile scoring a #3 position.

He would get back to #1 two years later with ‘Missunderstanding’, along with producers DJ Eddie F and Nevelle Hodge. Although the album it’s taken from – ‘Private Times…and the Whole 9!’ – didn’t manage to get the same reception as its predecessor. With the same applying to his third album – ‘Sexy Versus’ – back in 1992. The man nevertheless scoring what would be the last of his #1 in the US R&B chart with ‘Right Now’.

Al B. Sure! managed to make his come back with ‘Honey I’m Home’. His fourth and last album to date on Hidden Beach back in 2009, meanwhile marking the end of a 17 years hiatus.

As a writer and producer, he introduced various luminaries to the music industry.From multi-platinum group Jodeci to teen R&B performer Tevin Campbell (another Quincy Jones‘s former protégés). Not to mention Faith Evans and Usher among others…

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