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New jack swing, a hard-edged, high-tech blend of funk, R&B, and rap/hip-hop, has been milked for all it's worth and run into the ground by Guy's numerous imitators in the late '80s and early- to mid-'90s. But in the hands of its highly influential originators, Guy, it sounds fresh and inspired. Though not as strong as the debut album of 1988, The Future is one of the more appealing — and certainly more authentic — examples of "new jack swing." Lead by the ubiquitous producer/songwriter Teddy Riley, the trio brings a definite urgency to grinding, forceful funk like "Teddy's Jam 2" and "Her," and to such slow jams as "Do Me Right" and "Tease Me Tonight" (both of which recall the Gap Band à la "Outstanding"). Especially riveting is the all-rap number "Total Control," a brutally honest commentary on exploitation in the music business. It's important to absorb Guy's music and realize that it is proof, against the understandable complaints about the glut of faceless "new jack swing" artists saturating the market, that it wasn't always cheap and formulaic.

Customer Reviews

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Back in the old school days.....still better than most music out there today.

Old School!

Old school is the best way to describe "THE FUTURE". Teddy Jaaaaaaammmmms!!!!

Guy - The Future

This album is classic old school R & B. It reminds me of my high school days. The cool thing is that I am able to jam it in the car with my son and not have to worry about him picking up on any bad language - at least from the album.


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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