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Teddy Riley

The acknowledged “Ruler of New Jack port Swing,” producer/songwriter Teddy Riley’s enviable set of platinum-laced credits include Guy, the Winans, Joe (the Riley-produced “Stutter” topped both R&B/pop charts in early 2001), Johnny Kemp, Blackstreet, Keith Perspiration, Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Hi-Five, and Al B. Sure among numerous others. Delivered in Harlem, Riley was raised within the St. Nicholas tasks. He started playing drums at 3 years outdated. At five, Riley found the guitar as well as the trumpet. When he changed eight, he started playing piano for the tiny Flower Baptist Cathedral. Later, he started playing in rings around NY. After conference Kool as well as the Gang member Royal Bayyan, Riley was presented to the arts of record creation and songwriting. Starting up with Gene Griffin within the middle ’80s, Riley’s many abilities led to platinum strikes for Man — the performing trio that included Riley and brothers Aaron Hall and Damion Hall. Among Riley’s early creation was Deja’s 1988 Virgin LP, We Belong Jointly. In the first 90s, Man disbanded and Riley created Blackstreet with Chauncey Hannibal, Dave Hollister, and Levi Small. The self-titled debut recording proceeded to go platinum. Their second recording, Another Level, adopted collection and spawned the million-seller “No Diggity.” Exhausting from the rigors of big town life, Riley relocated to Virginia, starting his state-of-the artwork Future Documenting Studios within the middle-’90s.

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