Friday, December 26, 2008

Holiday Series: Teddy Riley-History of New Jack Swing Pt. 1

Hope you enjoyed the holiday. As a way to educate you on the history of Hip Hop, today begins a three day series of The History of New Jack told by Teddy Riley.

New Jack Swing was a phenomenon of the last 80's, which perfectly melded R&B and Hip Hop.

Although producers like Full Force were melding Hip and Hop and R&B in the mid 80's (UTFO, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam), Teddy Riley's hypnotic production, along with the emergence of Bobby Brown, Keith Sweat, A. B. Sure and Riley's group Guy, would create a blueprint of R&B and Hip Hop that eventually lead to the careers of Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Usher and newcomer Chris Brown as well as producers Diddy, Devante Swing (Jodeci) and Virgina natives Timbaland and The Neptunes who learned from Riley,(Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes were invovled with Wreckx N Effect's "Rump Shaker" back in the day.

Teddy Riley's First Hit "The Show" By 1st Annual Hip Hop Showcase headliners Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh

The song that officialy kicked off the New Jack Swing era, Keith Sweat's "I Want Her" produced by Teddy Riley.

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