At the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York 2017 Teddy Riley sat down for a public talk about how it all started, the travails of making it and losing it and the working habits of some of his best known and most intimate collaborators.
As a hugely prolific songwriter, producer and instrumentalist, Teddy Riley significantly shaped the sound of R&B as we know it. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Riley virtually masterminded the new jack swing genre as the man behind hits by Keith Sweat, Guy, Blackstreet and Bobby Brown, while also co-producing Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album and giving The Neptunes their first break.
2:14 - The name New Jack Swing
8:41 - Church and music from Harlem
13:42 - Making “The Show”
37:27 - Drum machines and swing
52:00 - “I lost everything”
1:09:06 - Learning from Michael Jackson
13:19 - Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew – “The Show” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDkqz5C62SM
26:54 - Keith Sweat – “I Want Her” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XqKRipnNSk
46:42 - Guy – “Groove Me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAu2bsV9CiQ
1:22:02 - Michael Jackson – “Remember The Time” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeiFF0gvqcc
1:42:08 - Blackstreet – “No Diggity” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KL9mRus19o
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