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One of the most seminal and influential releases of late '80s, Guy's self-titled debut album did more than its part to popularize new jack swing, a style that would soon become inescapable on urban contemporary radio. Teddy Riley didn't actually invent new jack swing with Guy — he'd already gotten the ball rolling on Keith Sweat's 1987 debut Make It Last Forever — but this album did more than any other to make it so incredibly popular in the R&B world. With their tough blend of hip-hop, R&B, and Gap Band-influenced funk, hits like "Groove Me" and "Teddy's Jam" defined new jack swing and served as the blueprint for countless new jack recordings in the late '80s and early to mid-'90s. One shameless Guy clone after another would pop up on urban radio, the vast majority of whom weren't even a fraction as inventive as Riley's distinctive trio. For anyone with even a casual interest in new jack, this CD is absolutely essential. [Geffen issued a two-disc edition of the album in 2007, adding six extended mixes to the album's original tracklist.]

Customer Reviews


I can't believe GUY'S first album is on Itunes. Not only that, it's loaded with the remixes that I've been craving for since I heard them last! For all those GUY fans out there this is a must have and for those that don't know, you need to get yourself educated with the history of the originators of new jack swing. Hopefully they'll release their second album again loaded with the remixes of all the hit songs from that album. Thanks Itunes. Thanks GUY. Yall stop playing around and make another classic CD!!!!

Jam....oh Jam!!!!!

Come on, now!!! This is classic right here!!! Aaron Hall on lead, his brother Damien, and of course, Teddy Riley!!! Yeah!!!!!

Kudos to Apple

The fact that the remixes to these songs are here is AMAZING! When is the last time there was an album with 6 of the songs remixed??? It was a golden age with amazing music. Now if only we could remove the DRM so that i can play these when i DJ...


Formed: 1987

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

This seminal R&B trio was the first group to sport the new jack swing sound, essentially traditional soul vocals melded to hip-hop beats, with credit for the genre's invention going to founder, multi-instrumentalist, and super-producer Teddy Riley. Riley formed his first band, Wreckx-N-Effect, while still a teenager, with brothers Markell Riley and Brandon Mitchell; Guy followed a few years later in 1987. Its first incarnation featured vocalists Aaron Hall and Timmy Gatling. Their self-titled debut...
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