Fresh Selects: Joi – Sunshine and the Rain mp3
Jump to Atlanta mid 90′s
My old high school friend DJ AppleJac introduced me to a girl named Keya. I ran my magic and in no time we were on our way to a beautiful relationship. one of the things that i rememeber the most about that time period, was that key put me on to soooo much music…Omar, Jamiroquai, Meshell Ndegeocello, Vanessa Paradis the list goes on. One night while being schooled she dropped song that blew me a way. The song was loaded with heavy jeep bass that knocked like “Hold On” by EnVogue, but way harder. I didnt even have to ask who or what it was ringing out the speakers as she handed me the jewel case. The song was called “Sunshine and the Rain”, from a cd called The Pendulum Vibe. The artist was the same slim slender that lit up the hallways of my youth, my friend’s sister’s best friend JOI.
Since then I’ve JOI flossing billboards and posing slim and sexy in mega money print campaigns. I’ve been to many of her shows, and watched as her forward thinking style and attitude shed its influence on Atlanta and beyond. When i started dj’ing I searched high and low for a 12 inch copy of “Sunshine and the Rain”. It’s a timeless futuristic classic that always stays handy incase i have to rock vinyl.
Now rest assured that JOI is still that forward thinking sexy slim. This is very evident in her latest project Hot Heavy & Bad. Hot Heavy & Bad = JOI and Pal’s Lounge owner and original Proton memeber, Devon Lee. The video for their first single, “ONE” was directed by my old muchacho and Yin Yang Alumni Dashon.Is. A freshly serious piece of work that I’m not even going get started on cause it would take up too much time. I’ll let the Creative Loafing and the interwebs take it from here… Required reading: Creative Loafing. Be sure to follow Hot, Heavy & Bad.