In Conversation With
The Evolution of Hip Hop
Teddy Riley had a dream in the late ‘80s, “of putting Michael Jackson and James Brown together, or Michael and Prince, or Marvin Gaye and Luther Vandross and mixing that sh—up.” It was a mash-up genre called New Jack Swing. Springing from gospel, rap, smooth jazz, funk, Motown and hip-hop, it was an evolution that erased musical lines. Bobby Brown, Bel Biv Devoe and most notably Jackson’s Dangerous were standard bearers. New Jack Swing influenced the boy bands and is echoed today by Bruno Mars and The Weeknd. In this session, legendary producer and hit-maker Riley, and Andre Harrell, founder of Uptown Records and Vice Chair of REVOLT Media & TV tell the story of a groove that captured the culture.