SONG OF THE DAY: Johnny Kemp – Just Got Paid

SONG OF THE DAY

Johnny Kemp, Just Got Paid

Jonathan “Johnny” Kemp, began singing in nightclubs in his hometown of Nassau, Bahamas, when he was only 13. He moved to Harlem in 1979, developing his other talents as a dancer, songwriter, and actor. His self-titled debut album was a minor hit but his commercial success came a year later with the release of his second album Secrets of Flying.

 SONG OF THE DAY  Johnny Kemp, Just Got Paid

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The album produced two Top 5 hits on the Billboard R7B chart, “Dancin’ with Myself” and “Just Got Paid”. Incidentally, Keith Sweat had initially passed on the instrumental for what would eventually become “Just Got Paid”, when it was first offered to him. Kemp listened to it, added his own lyrics to the track produced by Teddy Riley.

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Unofficially, Kemp was set to perform this year on the Tom Joyner Foundation’s annual cruise “Fantastic Voyage” but the singer died at the age of 55 in April 2015 near the waters of Montego Bay, Jamaica; the cause of death is still unknown.

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The Grammy-nominated song, released in 1988, has a new jack swing sound and landed at the top of the dance charts. Let’s pay homage to the late Kemp by groovin’ to this perfect Friday jam:

Lyrics:

Yeah
Oh yeah, oh, oh yeah
Feels good, feels good, oh huh

Just got paid, Friday night
Party huntin’, feelin’ right
Body shakin’, all around
(Body shakin’ all around)
No one thinks when I’m gettin’ down

Check the mirror, we’re lookin’ fly
Round up the posse, jump in my ride
Radio rockin’, a monster jam
Feel the rhythm, pump up the sound

I’m feelin’ so good
Don’t you know I’m just groovin’ to the beat
I’m groovin’, groovin’
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Just got paid
(Just got paid)
Friday night
(Friday)
Party huntin’
(Party huntin’)

Place is right
(Feelin’ alright)
Booty shakin’, all around
(All around baby)
Pour one drink when I’m gettin’ down

On the floor, rockin’ to the beat
All ways you sure look sweet
Fine young lady standin’ by
Come on baby, sweet eye delight, hey

I rock the world that you move
And you look so sweet when you’re movin’ to the beat
I’m tired of all these boring parties
Why don’t we get on down? Come on just get on down now

Just got paid, Friday night
(Money in my pocket)
Party huntin’, place is right
(Place is little right)
Booty shakin’, all around
(All the way you’re lookin’ ’round)
Pour one drink when I’m gettin’ down

Get down, uh
(Say home)
Ha, ha, ha, you say it
(Say home, love)
Home home
(Say home)
Ha, ha, huaow

On the floor
(On the floor)
Rockin’ to the beat
(Rockin’ baby)
Movin’ me
(Always)

You sure look sweet
(You sure look sweet)
Fine young lady standin’ by
(Young lady standin’ by)
(Aw yeah)
Come on baby, we’ll be out tonight
(We’re feelin’ fine)

Just got paid, Friday night
(Can’t refuse it)
Party huntin’, place is right
(Money in my pocket)
Booty shakin’, all around
(Showin’ you a good time)
Pour one drink when I’m gettin’ down

Get down, yeah, gettin’ down
(Say home)
Home home
(say home, love)
Home home, home
(Say home)
Huaow

Teddy, you’re playin’
Aah, shake it up, shake it up
I’m just got paid, I’m feelin’
I’m feelin’ nice

Just got paid, Friday night
(Just got paid Friday)
Party huntin’, place is right
(Party huntin’, tell me where to party)
Booty shakin’, all around
(Tell me where to party, ow)
Pour one drink when I’m gettin’ down
(Come on, get down)

Just got paid, Friday night
(Just got paid Friday)
Party huntin’, place is right
(Parties huntin’ [unverified])
(Havin’ a good time baby)
Booty shakin’, all around
(Havin’ a good time baby yeah)
Pour one drink when I’m gettin’ down
(I’m gettin’ down)

Just got paid
(Getting’, getting’, gettin’ down)
Friday night
(Getting’, getting’, gettin’ down)
Party huntin’, place is right
(Yeah)
Booty shakin’, all around
(Whoa, oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Pour one drink when I’m gettin’ down

Gettin’ down, oh, I said, gettin’ down down
Gettin’ down down

I love to hear ya, yo Kemp, yeah, hey
Thanks, Aaron, Teddy, you guys be cool
Ha, ha that’s it

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