Bonafide (Jon B. album)

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Studio album by Jon B.
Released May 23, 1995
Recorded 1994–1995
The TracKen Place
Cherokee Studios
Los Angeles, California
The Music Grinder
Hollywood, California
Genre R&B
Length 65:54
Label Yab Yum, 550 Music, Epic
Producer Jon B., Babyface
Jon B. chronology
Cool Relax
Alternative cover
UK-release cover

Bonafide is the debut album by Jon B.. It was released on May 23, 1995 on the Epic Records subsidiary 550 Music. The album was the first recording released on Tracey Edmonds' record label Yab Yum Records, which 550 Music distributed.

It includes the Grammy-nominated first single "Someone to Love" featuring Babyface.[1] The song was originally featured on the soundtrack to the 1995 Will Smith and Martin Lawrence action-comedy Bad Boys.[2] Also included is the second single "Pretty Girl" and the final single "Isn't It Scary".

Bonafide was a favorite of rapper Tupac Shakur. The two met each other by way of a mutual friend on the set of Shakur's video "How Do U Want It", which prompted them to work together. The end result was the collaboration "Are U Still Down" which appeared on Jon's following album Cool Relax.[3]

The album was certified platinum.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jonathan Buck, except as noted.[4][5]

  1. "Bonafide"
  2. "Simple Melody" (featuring Bootsy Collins) (Jonathan Buck, William Collins)
  3. "Love Is Candi"
  4. "Mystery 4 Two"
  5. "Someone to Love" (featuring Babyface) (Kenneth Edmonds)
  6. "Time After Time"
  7. "Overflow"
  8. "Pretty Girl" (Kenneth Edmonds)
  9. "Pants Off"
  10. "Isn't It Scary"
  11. "Burning 4 You"
  12. "Gone Before Light"
  13. "Love Don't Do"


Credits adapted from liner notes[6] and CD Universe.[7]

  • Jon B. - lead and backing vocals, drums, drum programming, piano, keyboards, bass
  • Babyface - backing vocals, drum programming, keyboards, guitar
  • Deon Estus: bass
  • Reggie Hamilton - guitar
  • Ricardo Silveria - guitar
  • Musiic K. Galloway - backing vocals
  • Deborah Buck, Donald Buck, Kevin Buck - strings
  • Tyrone Griffin - trumpet
  • Randy Walker - MIDI programming
  • Tracey Edmonds, Michael McQuarn - executive producer
  • Brad Gilderman, Marty Ogden, Ricky Delena - recording engineer
  • Dave Way, Tom Russo, Jon Gass, Mick Guzauski - mixing
  • Herb Powers, Jr. - mastering
  • George Holz - photography


  1. ^ Hunter, Karen. "JON B: 'THAT GRAMMY & ME'". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2015-05-12. 
  2. ^ "Bad Boys (1995) - Soundtracks". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-05-12. 
  3. ^ Davis, Rea. "Throwback Tuesday: Jon B feat. Tupac – Are U Still Down". This Is RNB. Retrieved 2015-05-12. 
  4. ^ Jon B. - Bonafide (CD liner notes). Yab Yum Records/550 Music. BK 66436
  5. ^ "Jon B. - Bonafide (tracklisting)". Allmusic. Retrieved 2015-05-10. 
  6. ^ Jon B. - Bonafide (CD liner notes). Yab Yum Records/550 Music. BK 66436
  7. ^ "Jon B. - Bonafide CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2015-05-12.