Throwback Thursday: The Rude Boys feat. Jay Z – ‘My Kinda Girl’

Remember when all R&B groups possessed that unique and raw soulfulness in their music?!?!?!

The Rude Boys were a R&B group from Cleveland, Ohio, who were most popular in the early 1990s. “My Kinda Girl” was an underground New Jack Swing hit off their second album Rude House. The song was energetically complemented by the superb vocals of Joe Little and Edward Banks, who admirably improvise their way through the vamp. The song was also remixed by then A&R at Atlantic Records, Clark Kent, a hip hop DJ and record producer from New York.

At the time, Kent was pushing an unknown rapper from the Marcy housing projects in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, who would come to be known to the world as Jay-Z.  Without the label’s initial consent Clark went ahead and had Jay jump on the record for the official remix. His feature helped propel the record in the underground NYC hip hop scene, and to support the single, Jay performed with the Rude Boys live at one of the Big Apple’s premiere underground clubs. “My Kinda Girl,” like most of the Rude Boys songs, was known and revered the most for its soulfulness. Jay Z’s flow and delivery on the remix were notable as well.

Enjoy the classic remix above, and peep the original music video below!



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  • http://www.rnbjunk.com Giuseppe Fumarola

    I am a fan of Jay Z, but actually I’ve never heard this song. Thanks for letting me know it! The flow of Jay Z in this song is really amazing! Clark Kent was right to put Jay Z on this remix!

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