Groove Me: Teddy Riley's Career Highlights
Hail to the King of New Jack Swing.
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Teddy, Jam With Me - June 21st marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Blackstreet's self-titled debut. The platinum-selling project featured the vocals of the original line-up consisting of Teddy Riley, Chauncey "Black" Hannibal, Levi Little and Dave Hollister and featured hits like "Physical Thing," "Booti Call," "Joy" and "Before I Let You Go." They went on to record four more albums (so far), took home a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and earned a No. 1 on Billboard with their pop culture language-changing hit, "No Diggity."Riley had much to do with the formation of the group. He and C. Black co-founded it after the dissolution of Riley's former band of singers, Guy, in the early 90s. The rest is musical history.To celebrate the release of this classic R&B project, let'...
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We Got Our Own Thang - Teddy Riley was raised in Harlem's St. Nicholas Projects and has been a force to be reckoned with since the age of five. His uncle owned Harlem's famed '80s nightclub, the Rooftop and let Teddy hone his skills in the club's studio. As a result of that, Teddy has become a major force in music and helped build Andre Harrell's Uptown Records –– Riley was responsible for some of label's biggest hits including Heavy D's "We Got Our Own Thang" and Guy's debut –– as well as his own legacy.(Photo: Adrian Sidney/PictureGroup)
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Golden Era - Before making his mark as the King of New Jack, a young Teddy Riley honed his skills in the hip hop arena supplying the beats for hip hop legends Kool Moe Dee and Big Daddy Kane on hits like "Go See The Doctor" and "I Get The Job Done."(Photos from left: David Corio/Redferns, Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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Groove Me - Teddy Riley and his musical cohorts Timmy Gatling and Aaron Hall burst on the scene 26 years ago on June 13, 1988 with their self-titled debut, Guy. Ushering in the New Jack Swing era, the classic album contained the hits "Groove Me," "Piece Of My Love," "Spend The Night" and "I Like." Gatling was later replaced by Hall's brother Damion, and the new trio would release one more classic, The Future in 1990, which solidified Aaron Hall as a premier vocalist at that time and Teddy as a musical genius.(Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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Yes T.R. Is My Name, I'm The Inventor Of New jack Swing - Teddy Riley and Bernard Belle are the founding fathers of the '80s and '90s hip hop and R&B-fused together sound known as "New Jack Swing." Some of Teddy's magical working behind the boards include Keith Sweat's "I Want Her," Johnny Kemp's "Just Got Paid," and Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative." Teddy first popularized the sound with his group Guy, with hits like "Groove Me" and "Teddy’s Jam."(Photos: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)