Teddy Riley Research Paper

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Theodore “Teddy” Riley
The creator of “New Jack swing” stated journalist Berry Michael Cooper. Artist and producer Teddy Riley created a sound that infused hip hop and R&B and had a huge impact on the music of the mid 80’s and still popular today. He worked with artist such as Janet Jackson, Bobby Brown and Michael Jackson. He is the lead singer of the popular 90’s group Guy. And continues to write hits for artist today. Teddy is one of the most influential artists of his time and set the bar high for African American artist and producers today.
Born October 8, 1967, in Harlem, New York, Teddy Riley was raised by his mother and step-father. Teddy was seen as a “child prodigy”. He knew he had a musical gift and he loved to embrace it every
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Some of his widely known singles that he produced were "Remember the Time", "Jam" and "In the Closet", This very album remains the most successful New jack swing album of all time with 32 million copies sold. Teddy’s group Guy broke up in 1992, Riley moved to production full time, Wreckx-N-Effect's 2nd album Hard or Smooth. Recently moved to Virginia by this time, Riley discovered group The Neptunes during the making of Wreckx-N-Effect's smash hit single "Rump Shaker". In late 1992, Riley took a leap of faith and created a second group called, Backstreet. The group would go on to release several major hits, including "Don't Leave Me", “No Diggity", and "Girlfriend/Boyfriend. By 2011, the group had broken up again and reformed several times. Riley worked with Spice Girl Melanie B on three tracks. He also worked on an album with Outsiderz 4 Life, producing "Wil' Out" and other songs. At the start of 2006, he was part of the New Jack Reunion Tour, featuring Backstreet and Guy, in addition to After 7, SWV, and Tony Toni…show more content…
Riley said all of the songs were sung by Jackson and claimed that vocal artifacts were added from over processing Jackson's voice. Recently, Riley has stepped into the Korean music market. Riley worked with singer/rapper Jay Park on an English track titled "Demon", which was originally meant for Michael Jackson. Riley produced a mini album for the Korean girl group RaNi. He has also produced songs for Girls' Generation's label mates SHINee and EXO. He worked with Shinee on "Beautiful", "Shine" and "Dangerous" from their two part third Korean studio

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