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Teddy Riley (new jack swing)
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Teddy Riley (new jack swing)

Teddy Riley (born Edward Theodore Riley, October 8, 1966 oe or 1967)is the man held accountable for the fabrication of "new jack swing" or "swingbeat" music, a highly pumped-up, energetic combination of r&b or soul, rap or hip-hop, and dance, sometimes even dashes of funk. He was born in the St. Nicholas Projects of Harlem, New York. He became interested in music at a very young age. He started playing drums when he was three. At age five, he played guitar and trumpet. At eight years of age he was already an accomplished piano player at the Little Flower Baptist Church. Soon, he played in bands all over the Big Apple. He got his start in the fine arts of songwriting and record productions after he met Kool & The Gang member Royal Bayyan, and presented himself to them.

In the mid-1980s he worked at G.R. Productions and got connections with his former manager Gene Griffin. His many skills were used in the many platinum hits for Guy, which included Riley, Aaron Hall and Timmy Gatling (who was later replaced by Aaron's brother Damion). One of Riley's earliest productions is Deja's 1988 Virgin LP, "We Belong Together."

Today, Riley is considered to be one of the most popular producers that other producers, songwriters, artists, and instrumentalists had ever worked with. All of the occupations in the music industry just mentioned, he does it all. In fact, he's done it all for dozens and dozens of artists and groups. His presentation of new jack swing to the world has earned him the appellation "The King of New Jack Swing".

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After G.R. Productions was forced to close down, Riley moved on to a new production company called New Jack Swing productions. After he grew tired of the city life in his hometown, he moved to the country in Virginia where he opened his state-of-the-art Future Recording Studio in the mid-'90s. He did a song with Tammy Lucas on 1992's Juice soundtrack and has a couple of his own solo albums supposedly, but inevidently, 1994's "Nickel Bag of Tricks" and 1996's "Harlem Sessions."