New Jack Swing
New Jack Swing was popular from the late 1980s into the 1990s.  This new genre of music took the elements of older styles with the harmonization and newer trends of Hip Hop, fused them together with street beats, then added samples from the sounds of R&B and- Voila! – New Jack Swing was born.  Some of the forerunners of New Jack Swing include Teddy Riley, Guy, Bobby Brown, Heavy D, and BBD.

 

Teddy Riley is acknowledged as the "King of New Jack Swing." Teddy Riley's enviable list of platinum-laced credits include Guy, the Winans, Joe, Johnny Kemp, Blackstreet, Keith Sweat, Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Hi-Five, and Al B. Sure among many others.

 

Guy was formed by Teddy Riley and included Riley and Aaron Hall and Timmy Gatling. The group released their first self-titled album in 1988. Upon its release, the album went platinum three times over and included classics like "Groove Me", "Teddy's Jam," "I Like It", "Piece of My Love", "Goodbye Love" and "Merry-Go-Round of Love". That first album quickly established the group and Riley as musical forces.

 

Bobby Brown began his solo career in 1987, after success with New Edition,  and had a string of Top 10  hits, culminating in a Grammy Award. He was a pioneer of New Jack Swing music, a fusion of hip hop and R&B. His second album, Don't Be Cruel, included popular songs such as "My Prerogative." Brown is the ex-husband of singer Whitney Houston.

 

Heavy D parlayed an eminently likable persona and strong MC skills into a surprisingly lengthy career, in tandem with his backing group the Boyz. He varied his lyrical concerns to include positive message tracks and fun-loving party jams, and exuded a genuine warmth and respect for women without getting too graphic or sentimental. Musically, his appeal was just as broad -- he was able to mix elements of R&B, reggae, dance, and pop into his music.

 

Bell Biv DeVoe was a successful splinter group of New Edition that consisted of three previous members, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe. BBD was a pioneering group that was the first to successfully combine hip-hop with R&B & pop. The album Poison was released in 1990, and its title track became a #1 hit on the R&B chart. The singles that followed were "Do Me!", "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?", "When Will I See You Smile Again", and "Dope!" Poison sold over three million copies.