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New Jack Swing Teddy Riley’s Memoir

Having produced such legendary hits as Doug E. Fresh’s “The Show” and Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative,” New Jack Swing pioneer Teddy Riley has announced Remember the Times, his new memoir.

Published by Simon & Schuster’s 13A / Gallery Books imprint, Riley and Jake Brown collaborated on the book that chronicles Riley’s hits and his 40-year influence on hip-hop and R&B. In addition to producing such early classics as Kool Moe Dee’s “Wild Wild West” and Keith Sweat’s “How You Like Me Now?” Teddy later teamed with Michael Jackson for the Dangerous song “Remember the Times” about which Jackson said “Teddy Riley is just incredible and so innovative, I love working with him.”

In a statement about the memoir, Riley said “I successfully created the New Jack Swing genre 40 years ago so we could have our own generation of music, not their generation, and our own history.” “I’m so excited to share that history with my fans around the world!”

About his role in the project, biographer Jake Brown stated “I grew up on New Jack Swing and started listening to Teddy Riley when I was 11 years old and have been a fan ever since.  To think that I’d be co-writing his memoirs decades later is a career-high moment any author would hope for.  We have an amazing cast of co-stars Teddy wrote and produced the soundtrack to a generation for, and fans will be BLOWN away by the ride this book will take them on!”

Including some of music and entertainment’s biggest names, Remember the Times will include stories involving Babyface, Bobby Brown, Uptown Records founder Andre Harrell, Keith Sweat, Kool Moe Dee, Big Daddy Kane, Pharrell Williams, Rodney Jerkins, New Jack City screenwriter Barry Michael Cooper, and others.

Concurrent with his memoir, Riley has also written new music with a tour to follow. 

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Author: Saul Good

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