Though Grace Jones is known for her striking androgynous look with the fresh squared high top fade, she’s actually the cause for your favorite hits, especially when it comes to Shyne’s back-to-back jams, “Bad Boys” and “Bonnie & Shyne” or LL Cool J’s sultry 90s’ banger, “Doin It.” Though she’s a fashion icon and a cut-throat favorite actress to some, we can not forget her legacy to musical audibles. The way she contributed her beautiful contralto vocals to the New Wave genre.
Blessing the earth with her birth on May 19, 1948, Jones was born to Jamaican parents in Spanish Town. After scoring a record deal with Island Records in 1977, the dance scene was in for a treat. Her 1981 hit “Pull Up to the Bumper,” — which was covered in the ’90s by reggae vixen Patra — spent seven weeks at #2 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Party chart and became a Top 5 single on the U.S. R&B chart. What wonderful stats for someone who wasn’t marketed to be mainstream right?
Jones’ notable pieces of work are Warm Leatherette, Nightclubbing, –which album-titled single is used for Shyne’s notorious hit, “Bad Boys” — and Slave to the Rhythm. Her biggest hits go down in history as “I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango),” “Private Life,” “Slave to the Rhythm” and “I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect For You).” –Shabazz