Classics: Johnny Gill – Rub You The Right Way (Extended Hype) (Motown)
Johnny Gill goin’ straight to the point with the suggestive ‘Rub You The Right Way’ back in 1990. His biggest classic as a solo artist as a matter of fact. This production work by the likes of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (Janet Jackson, Alexander O’ Neal…). And remixing work courtesy of DJ Eddie F, Dave ‘Jam’ Hall and Pete Rock aka The Untouchables. C.L. Smooth bringin’ his own touch to it with an additional Rap part. Thus adding to its explosivity!
Rub you the right way… That’s pretty much what Gill managed to do on this essential New Jack Swing cut!
WDC native Johnny Gill started singin’ at 5 in a family Gospel group – Little Johnny & Wings Of Faith – along with his brothers. He launched his professional career back in 1983, after childhood friend Stacy Lattisaw suggested him to record a demo. A demo which fell into the hands of Atlantic Records CEO, resulting in a record deal for him. He released not only 2 albums for the label. But also a duet album – ‘Perfect Combination’ – with Stacy Lattisaw. An opus which includes the brilliant although quite underrated ‘Block Party’ produced by Narada Michael Walden.
Gill‘s profile reached a new step when Michael Bivins invited to join him Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe and Ralph Tresvant under the New Edition guise. And eventually replace Bobby Brown who was on his way to launch his solo career…
A teenage member band, NE switched to a more mature direction with producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, recording classics such as ‘Can You Stand The Rain’, ‘N.E. Heartbreak’, and ‘If It Isn’t Love’.
Emerging as a New Jack Swing heavyweight, Gill would then release a second eponymous album back in 1990, but this time on Motown. He then scored his biggest solo classic with ‘Rub You The Right Way’ along with the same production team. DJ Eddie F and Pete Rock aka The Untouchables responsible for the remix with C.L. Smooth delivering an additional Rap part on it.
1992 saw him makin’ extra noise with Ragga toaster Shabba Ranks on the memorable ‘Slow And Sexy’. Meanwhile ‘Maybe’ from his 1996 ‘Let’s Get The Mood Right’ album is seen by many as one of his biggest vocal performances.
Gill eventually joined Keith Sweat and Gerald Levert to form LSG the year after.
Strangely enough, he would put his solo career between the brackets for 15 years. Making his return back in 2011 with ‘Still Winning’. Then releasing his last album to date – ‘Game Changer’ – 3 years after…