The Boys (band)
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|Origin||Carson, California, United States|
|Genres||R&B, new jack swing|
|Years active||1984–1993 (as The Boys)
2000–present (as Suns of Light)
The Boys are an American R&B quartet composed of the four Abdulsamad brothers, Khiry (born 1973), Hakim (born 1975), Tajh (born 1976), and Bilal (born 1979). The group started out singing in Carson, California. The group had three #1 singles on the R&B charts but never had a mainstream pop #1.
The Boys were encouraged by their parents to pursue their dreams. The group initially included only Khiry and Hakim, but Tajh and Bilal joined the group when they started to perform publicly. Together, they pursued their dreams of performing and were able to earn enough money for a Father's Day present. They began performing at the beach in Venice, California and quickly earned over 50 dollars. They started going to the beaches on a weekly basis in 1984. Through 16 shows, the kids made over $12,000.
Only allowed to perform over summer break, their earnings continued to increase as their parents tried to shape them into productive adults. In 1986, the boys wanted to try to make records. Their parents Jabari and Angela enrolled in a course in Entertaining Management at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College and used their education to help manage their kids' budding career. The kids began working in talent shows and performing at private parties. It was at one such talent show where the group got their name. Nameless up until that point, the announcer asked Angela what the group's name was. She responded with "my boys" and then quickly changed her answer to "The Boys."
The group sent their demo tape to MCA, Motown, and Solar Records and were given offers by all of them. Jheryl Busby signed the group while he was employed at MCA Records. However, when MCA purchased Motown records, Busby made a move up the ladder and the boys found themselves under the Motown label. Working with The Boys, Busby sought to bring the group to Jackson Five fame. They appeared in a Kidsongs music video and DVD called Rockin' Robin which is part of Kidsongs' video: A Day with the Animals.
As an act, the group was very self-sufficient, writing and producing their own music. The group befriended Babyface in 1985 when he was starting to become known for his work in the group The Deele. Together with L.A. Reid, the two men crafted the tracks "Lucky Charm," "A Little Romance," and "Dial My Heart." While The Boys weren't impressed with the songs, they changed their minds after seeing Babyface perform them. The public loved the songs as well as "Dial My Heart" reached #1 on the R&B charts in 1988.
"Happy" "Sunshine" "Lovegram" "Let's Dance" and "Personality" were written and produced by Eddie Watkins Jr. aka "Captain Ed" from Detroit, who is also known as one of the top session musicians in the world. Khiry produced the video of one of Eddie's song "Happy"
The Boys second album was their self-titled The Boys, which was released in 1990. The album featured a hit single with "Crazy" which reached #1 in the same year. For a time, the single was featured in Pepsi commercials, helping the group establish further.
Their TV appearances include Showtime at the Apollo (1988) and Fun House on Fox (1989); A Different World (1992); and Amen, and even co-headling the Jump Street '89 concert tour with New Kids on the Block. They also appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show. During their interview with Arsenio, Khiry revealed that Tajh (as an infant) portrayed the infant Kunta Kinte in the miniseries Roots.
In 1992, Khiry Abdulsamad wrote and executive produced the track "It's Alright" by another R&B group from Boston, Massachusetts called Classic Example. "It's Alright" appears on the soundtrack for the 1992 movie, South Central.
In 1993, the group's deal with Motown expired and they were offered a new six-year contract. However, the group was upset over their treatment on the label, as Motown ignored the group's self-produced album Saga Continues... and the acts produced by The Boys such as Small Change.
The Suns of Light
As the '90s progressed, the members of the group moved to the Western African nation of Gambia, where they set up a recording studio. Learning the native tongue, the group began to develop a new sound and became known as The Suns of Light. The group continues to produce uplifting and positive music and release albums on a regular basis.
Their CDs include the following titles: Sunshine - Suns of Light, Millennium Music - Suns of Light, Mission - Suns of Light, First Love - Hakim, Ancient Wayz - Tajh, Worlds Most Wanted - Tajh.
Hakim, who wrote and produced "Mama Africa," on Akon's Konvicted, released an EP, Inspiration pt. 1, on March 26, 2009. Tajh released an album, New Leap, on May 2, 2009. Both releases are available exclusively on The Suns new website. Hakim is a producer on the New Kids on the Block 2008 album The Block.
The Group also had a cameo in Michael Jackson's Moonwalker as teen gang members in the "Badder" video feature.
- Khiry Abdulsamad (born November 8, 1973)
- Hakim Abdulsamad (born March 26, 1975) - starred in Ernest Goes to Camp and voiced Franklin in This Is America, Charlie Brown.
- Tajh Abdulsamad (born December 8, 1976)
- Bilal Abdulsamad (born April 17, 1979)
- 1988: Dial My Heart #13 Pop, #1 R&B
- 1989: Lucky Charm #1 R&B
- 1989: A Little Romance #29 R&B
- 1989: Happy #57 R&B
- 1990: Crazy #29 Pop, #1 R&B
- 1990: Thing Called Love #14 R&B
- 1991: Thanx 4 the Funk # 8 R&B
- 1992: Tonite # 3 R&B
- 1992: The Saga Continues... #15 R&B
- 1992: Doin It Wit the B