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Teddy Riley
Birth name Edward Theodore Riley
Born October 8, 1967 (1967-10-08) (age 42)[citation needed]
Origin Harlem, New York
United States
Genres New jack swing
Contemporary R&B
Hip hop
Occupations Record producer
Years active 1984–present
Labels Interscope

Edward Theodore "Teddy" Riley (born October 8, 1967) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, keyboardist, and record producer credited with the creation of New Jack Swing.[1] Through his production work and membership of the groups Guy and Blackstreet, Riley is considered to have had a seminal influence on the formation of modern R&B, Hip-Hop and Pop since the 1980s.



Teddy Riley was raised in St. Nicholas Houses, Harlem, New York. At the age of seventeen, Riley produced Kool Moe Dee's 12" single, "Go See the Doctor".[1] Released on an independent label in 1986, the song became a crossover hit, reaching #89 on The Billboard Hot 100.[2] Riley also worked on the production of Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew's "The Show" in 1985.[3]

In 1987, Riley, Aaron Hall, and Timmy Gatling formed the R&B group Guy. Riley's work with Guy helped to pioneer the New Jack Swing style of R&B, which had been showcased in Riley's productions for Johnny Kemp ("Just Got Paid"), Bobby Brown ("My Prerogative"), and Keith Sweat (Make It Last Forever), among others.

In 1991, Riley co-produced half of Michael Jackson's album Dangerous, after Jackson parted ways with Quincy Jones. Featuring the Riley co-produced singles "Remember the Time", "Jam", and "In the Closet", Dangerous is the most successful new jack swing album of all time with 32 million copies sold.[4][5]

In 1992, Riley formed a second group, Blackstreet, with Chauncey Hannibal as lead singer. The group released several major hits, including "Don't Leave Me" (1997), the number one single "No Diggity" (1996, featuring Dr. Dre and Queen Pen), and "Girlfriend/Boyfriend" (1999, with Janet Jackson, Eve, and Ja Rule). By 2005, following several lineup changes, Riley had disbanded and reformed Blackstreet. Riley also worked on an album with Outsiderz 4 Life, producing "Wil' Out" and other songs. He also was one of few people to use the talkbox as effectively as Roger Troutman did.

At the start of 2006, was part of the New Jack Reunion Tour, featuring Riley's own Blackstreet and Guy, in addition to After 7, SWV, and Tony Toni Toné. In May 2006 Riley announced that he would be working on two key projects: a new Blackstreet album and a new Guy album.

In June 2008, a fire destroyed Riley's Virginia Beach recording studio. Fire investigators said that an electrical problem caused a the blaze that burned the abandoned recording studio. The Virginia Beach Fire Department said lightning in the area also could have been a factor, although there was no direct strike. The empty studio was for sale and was insured for $336,000.[6]

In 2009, Riley performed with Guy at the BET Awards.[7]

Has recently worked with Amerie, Robin Thicke and Lady Gaga on their upcoming albums.

Teddy Riley has eight children: Dante Horne (26), Dejanee (Deja) Riley (21), Nia Riley (20),Taja Riley (18), Tiarra (Bobbie) Riley (15), Lil Teddy (6), Samar Riley (4), and Tyler Riley (1).


Solo: Black Rock (Unreleased)
Guy: Guy discography
Blackstreet: Blackstreet discography


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