Three times platinum and influenced a generation of other artists and producers.
David O'Donnell 2008-12-12
Guy's self-titled 1988 debut was the first New Jack Swing or Swing Beat album ever made. The album’s influence and that of its producer Teddy Riley on R&B cannot be understated, as the album single-handedly created both a sub-genre and sound aesthetic which would remain popular through to the mid-nineties.
Guy formed in 1987 in Harlem, New York, when Teddy Riley recruited vocalists/songwriters Aaron Hall and Timmy Gatling to collaborate with, and the following year their debut album was released on Uptown Records. What made the album remarkable was the way Riley combined the aesthetics of hip hop production with urban R&B, juxtaposing the uncompromising sounds of the SP1200 and Roland 808 drum machines with the smooth, soulful vocals of R&B. This turned out to be a wise decision by Riley as the album went three times platinum and influenced a generation of other artists and producers.
Teddy Riley has since gone on to work with the biggest stars in music including Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston.