Interview

Teddy Riley Talks Michael Jackson, New R&B Artists, Guy

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Teddy Riley is a legendary music producer who was credited for the late 80’s and early 90’s genre called New Jack Swing. He is still around today creating hits for popular artists.

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MICHAEL JACKSON, BOBBY BROWN, & ICONS OF MUSIC

V-103 Atlanta spoke with Teddy Riley and they went into the history of this iconic producer. For the uninitiated the host of the show played music that was produced by Riley ranging from Keith Sweat to Doug E. Fresh to Bobby Brown to the King of Pop himself Michael Jackson.

It was discussed how Teddy Riley ended up doing a major portion of Jackson’s “Dangerous” album. Now rumors at the time were that Michael Jackson fired Quincy Jones due to talk that he was bragging about making Michael Jackson the biggest artist on the planet with “Thriller” and MJ wanting to prove otherwise. It is also said Michael Jackson chose Teddy Riley because he loved the song “My Prerogative” by Bobby Brown who was gaining increasing popularity claiming to be the prince of rhythm and blues.

Riley speaks about being the one who chose the “Dangerous” album cover during marketing meetings for the project which Michael Jackson was heavily involved in. Teddy Riley also spoke about helping Michael Jackson to show his real self more regardless of his skin disease for videos like “Keep It In The Closet”.

Riley is then asked who he believes is the next superstar at the level of a Michael Jackson since the “Queen Of Soul” has now passed. The superstar producer was perplexed on who is at the throne.

He states there are no longer any artist development in the new era and he wants to build schools for A&R.   He said Wendy Williams was his teacher in terms in learning how to do interviews with the media.