Just Got Paid

Johnny Kemp

About Just Got Paid

"Just Got Paid" is a million-selling, Platinum certified 1988 single by Bahamian R&B singer–songwriter Johnny Kemp. The song hit No. 1 on the U. S. R&B and Dance charts and reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. It received a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Song at the 31st Grammy Awards in 1989. It lost out to Anita Baker's "Giving You the Best That I Got". The song started as an instrumental track for which Keith Sweat brought in Kemp to write lyrics. Sweat ultimately passed on the song that was originally written for his 1987 debut Make It Last Forever. Kemp recorded a demo of the new song, intending for it to be used by another singer; his "scratch vocal" ended up on the final release along with ending the track with Kemp and crew celebrating. The song was later covered by NSYNC on their album No Strings Attached, which was coincidentally produced by the song's original producer Teddy Riley. It was later sampled by Kurupt on the song entitled "At It Again" off his Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey album. 


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Oh yeah! Ooh ooh 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! Huaaaaaaa-ow!

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) 

Teddy! You're playin'!
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 (come on) when I'm gettin' down (Get down)
Just got paid, Friday night (Just got paid…Friday)
Party huntin', place is right (Parties huntin' ????)
(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 (gettin' gettin' gettin' down)
Friday night (gettin' gettin' 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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Johnny Kemp

Johnny Kemp (born 1959, Nassau, Bahamas) is a Bahamian R&B singer and dancer. He began singing in nightclubs in the Bahamas at 13. He moved to New York in 1979 with the band "Kinky Fox." His self-titled debut album came out in 1986 and he scored a minor hit with "Just Another Lover." True success came the following year, however, with the release of his Secrets of Flying album, which contained a pair of Top 5 hits on the US Billboard R&B chart: "Dancin' with Myself" and "Just Got Paid," the latter hitting #1. "Just Got Paid" also cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988, and went to top the Hot Dance Music/Club Play. It provided his only UK Singles Chart entry, peaking at #68 for one week in August 1988. His only other Hot 100 entry was "Bi… more »

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Written by: Gene Griffin, Aaron Robin Hall, Johnny Kemp, Teddy Riley

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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11 facts about this song

Artist Background
"Johnny Kemp" is a Bahamian singer, songwriter, and record producer, known for his hits in the late 1980s.
Song Release
His most popular song, "Just Got Paid," was released in 1988.
Chart Success
The song reached number one on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart and was also a Billboard Top 10 pop hit, peaking at number 10.
"Just Got Paid" was nominated for Best R&B Song at the 1989 Grammy Awards.
Song Writer
It was written and produced by the famous songwriter and producer Teddy Riley, former member of the music group Guy.
Keith Sweat Connection
R&B legend Keith Sweat is often incorrectly associated with the song, due to his frequent collaborations with Johnny Kemp.
Song Remix
In 2019, the American DJ duo, Sigala and Ella Eyre, released a remix of "Just Got Paid," which featured Meghan Trainor and French Montana.
Song Cover
The song was also famously covered by NSYNC for the "Dr. Doolittle" soundtrack in 2001.
Today, "Just Got Paid" is considered a classic and is often played at parties and clubs.
The song has been sampled many times in hip hop and R&B songs. The most notable example is Ghostface Killah's "Cherchez La Ghost."
Death of Kemp
Sadly, Johnny Kemp died in 2015, but his most famous hit, "Just Got Paid," continues to be appreciated by fans of R&B music.

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