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"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.[4][5] 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".

"Just Got Paid"
Single by Johnny Kemp
from the album Secrets of Flying
ReleasedJanuary 19, 1988 (1988-01-19)
Format12-inch single, Maxi single
GenreNew jack swing[1]
Length5:33 (album version)
Songwriter(s)Gene Griffin, Johnny Kemp[2]
Producer(s)Teddy Riley, Johnny Kemp[3]
Johnny Kemp singles chronology
"Dancin' with Myself"
"Just Got Paid"
"One Thing Led to Another"

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.[6] 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.[7]

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.

Kemp performs "Just Got Paid" in an "all-star finale" on Keith Sweat's 2007 DVD Sweat Hotel Live, recorded at a February 2006 concert in Atlanta, Georgia.

The song was used in the 2000 romantic film Love & Basketball.

The song was covered by CDB on their 2017 album Tailored for Now.


Chart (1988) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1
Canada RPM Magazine 50
Dutch Top 40 19


  1. ^ Josephs, Brian (July 20, 2012). "The 25 Best New Jack Swing Songs". Complex. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  2. ^ [things went south after Hall and Gatling were fighting the entire time of the recording. "Johnny Kemp - Just Got Paid"] Check |url= value (help). Discogs. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  3. ^ "Johnny Kemp - Secrets Of Flying". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  4. ^ Joel Whitburn Presents Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004, 2004
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003, 2004
  6. ^ Murphy, Keith (2012-03-14). "Full Clip: Teddy Riley Runs Down His Entire Catalogue Ft. Keith Sweat, Guy, Bobby Brown, Michael Jackson, Blackstreet, and Lady Gaga". SpinMedia. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  7. ^ "Just Got Paid - Johnny Kemp : Listen, Appearances, Song Review : AllMusic". Retrieved 19 August 2011.