Get some popcorn and a comfy spot to sit, this one is a long, but well worth the watch.
As a hugely prolific songwriter, producer and instrumentalist, Teddy Riley significantly shaped the sound of R&B as we know it. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Riley virtually masterminded the new jack swing genre as the man behind hits by Keith Sweat, Guy, Blackstreet and Bobby Brown, while also co-producing Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album and giving The Neptunes / Pharrell Williams their first break.
At the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York 2017 Riley sat down for a public talk about how it all started, the travails of making it and losing it and the working habits of some of his best known and most intimate collaborators.
Watch the full, insightful interview below.