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The 1998 hit single The Boy Is Mine that featured Brandy and Monica will be undergoing a makeover according to producer and songwriter Rodney “Darkchild Jerkins”. Looks like he thinks it’s time for the current generation to experience the magic that occurred sixteen years ago. He is also planning to have the project help mark his 20th anniversary in the industry.

According to TIME. Jerkins has commissioned the talents of Ariana Grande and Jesse J for this ambitious collaboration. It is also worth noting that Ariana was just four years old when the original hit the airwaves.


It should be interesting to see how the new version holds up especially since as we all know Brandy and Monica killed it the first time around. But Jerkins is confident that his two choices will live up to all expectations.

Interestingly enough, he also announced that Sam Smith has been confirmed to do a remake of Whitney Houston’s It’s Not Right But It’s Okay. Apparently Smith made it clear that he was the only one qualified enough for the job.

Guess the finished products will speak for themselves.

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  • ALM247

    I’ll see what happens when they release this, but I am not here for this.

    First of all, Brandy and Monica were in their late teens when the original was released.

    Ariana is 21 and Jesse J is about 26. Aren’t they getting a little up there to be singing about the “boy” is mine?

    Second of all, Brandy and Monica DECIMATED those vocals.

    Ariana and Jesse J can sing, but unless they completely rearrange this song, I’m not sure what else they can add to the song.

    Third of all, Brandy and Monica are still young enough for 90% of people to remember the original track. If you are going to remake this, either kill it or wait another 10 years. It’s too early.

    Fourth of all, I remember this video being a cultural/fashion sensation also. Every girl I know was ready to run over people to get that long black skirt that Monica wore with the high slit on the side. The importance of “The Boy Is Mine” was such much more than just the song. You saw two strong, beautiful, independent hit making Black female solo teenage artists merge and give us a juggernaut in every sense of the word. I don’t think that had happened on that level before the track was released, and that DEFINITELY has not happened since.

    It would have been the equivalent of Aaliyah and Ciara doing a video/song together.

    Fifth of all, with this news and the news about Sam Smith, do we need to have a post about the Columbusing of r&b remakes?

    Sam Smith can definitely sing, but is Jerkins late on some bills? Is Jerkins just capitalizing on the fact that a lot of non-Black people are winning in the r&b game on mainstream radio?

  • Anonin

    Why is this fool actively trying to white wash our classics? I am so tired of Sam Smith its not even funny.

    New blacks I swear…

  • Mary Burrell

    So much for originality this has already been done before. Boring and dumb.

  • Mary Burrell

    I stand by the old adage of if it’s not broke don’t fix it. Please leave this alone these new artist lack creativity and originality.

  • OSHH

    Most remakes, like 99% of them suck. Do we really need white folks remaking R&B staples.

    Not a fan of any of these people Sam Smith included.

    I loved George Michael, he is/was clearly influenced by the greats in soul and R&B but has his own sound, not imitating or appropriating.
    Quadron another group I am fan of with their own sound, not imitating or appropriating