Teddy Riley is by far and away one of music's best producers, with a career that spans more than 3 decades, he's crafted tracks since hip-hop's infancy and he's credited as the creator of "New Jack Swing", the fusion of hip-hop and R&B. He's had his hand in almost every poplular R&B song throughout the 80's and 90's with an incredible list of artists including Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Keith Sweat, Usher and so many more! Today, Riley celebrates his 48th birthday and even though this is a very hard thing to do with SO MANY hits, I've got 5 jams that are essential for your collection.
"The Show" by Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick
That's right, Riley had a hand in producing one of hip-hop's earliest and greatest hits! It was Riley who helped turn Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick's track from just a regular rap song into something with melody, keyboards and as Riley was quoting as saying "Keep the beat going".
"My Prerogative" Bobby Brown
Riley was the go-to man in the early 80's if you needed a huge R&B hit. Bobby Brown knew this and got with Riley for one of his biggest hits "My Prerogative"
In 1987, Riley formed "Guy" with Aaron Hall and Timmy Gatling (later replaced by Aaron's brother Damion) and launched The New Jack Swing era into high gear with a jam that still gets the party jumping to this day.
"Remember The Time" Michael Jackson
With a lengthy track record under his belt already, it wasn't long before the "King Of Pop" himself reached out to get Riley to produce for him. Riley produced nearly half of Michael's "Dangerous" album including the classic "Remember The Time"
After the breakup of "Guy" Riley got back to work creating another group and struck gold once again with "BlackStreet". "No Diggity" keeps up Riley's style of merging hip-hop and R&B and was another MONSTER hit for Riley!
"Don't Wanna Fall In Love" Jane Child
Teddy Riley remixed Jane Child's "Don't Wanna Fall In Love" from a song many people would've not cared about and turned it into a crossover smash hit on the pop and R&B charts.