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Guy was a popular 1980s and 1990s hip-hop, funk, R&B and soul band that was one of the early pioneers of hip-hop/R&B music and which set a trend in the early 1990s in a movement called the New jack swing.

Formed in Harlem, New York in 1987 by young musician/record producer Teddy Riley, the original members of Guy included Riley and R&B singer-songwriters Aaron Hall and Timmy Gatling, who were students at HBCU Virginia State 1988. Gatling left after the first album was done and was quickly replaced by Aaron’s younger brother Damian. Upon its release, the album went platinum three times over and included classics like “Groove Me”, “Teddy’s Jam,” “I Like”, “Piece of My Love” and “Merry-Go-Round of Love”. That first album quickly established the group and Riley as musical forces.

After producing music for other artists other than his group, Riley returned to the group after they opened for New Edition and released their second album, The Future, in 1990. The songs “I Wanna Get Wit U” and “Let’s Chill” gave them a broader, mainstream fan base. However, as soon as The Future’s success had dried up, Guy would be album-less for much of the 1990s. In the meantime, Riley went on to produce for artists such as Heavy D and Michael Jackson, and formed another R&B group named Blackstreet. Both Aaron and his brother Damian recorded solo albums, Aaron being a major influence on the style of R’n’b singer R. Kelly.


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  • ManDirky

    Brilliant and legendary music. More people need to listen to this.

    5 Jan 2014 Reply
  • TheLeaderpart1

    Teddy, Aaron, Damon let's do this ASAP please get at me!!!! JayCel Ent.

    17 Jan 2013 Reply
  • JNez

    so many good new jack swing jams that are turning 25 this year on guy's debut cd!! that was 1988, and now it's 2013: 'you know that it's true/you can call me crazy'

    11 Jan 2013 Reply
  • NewJerz12

    I Like >>>>>

    20 Sep 2012 Reply
  • ZaccF

    Loved Nas' sample of Guy's Goodbye Love [2]

    9 Sep 2012 Reply

    Loved Nas' sample of Guy's Goodbye Love

    3 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Aero26

    Nas has resurrected these guys. Single-handedly.

    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • CRiiSs7

    The vocals in "Someday" >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    12 May 2012 Reply
  • 2Serenity

    Groove tonight! Groove tonight! : D

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • JNez

    i always considered 'it's you/to whom which i belong' from i like awkward lol. guy is still r&b royalty though

    26 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Madrangue

    ""Guy", c'était le vrai "New Jack", ancêtre du mièvre et crossover "R&B" actuel..." Rien à ajouter au commentaire de LilTeegroo71, tout est dit. Je rigole bien quand certains qualifient Rihanna de rnb...

    7 Dec 2011 Reply
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    23 Oct 2011 Reply
  • naynay1129

    groove me is my song

    28 Aug 2011 Reply
  • ystk1

    This Is The Best!!!!

    11 Aug 2011 Reply
  • urgonnalikem

    Teddy Jam for Meeeee!

    5 Jun 2011 Reply
  • JNez

    teddy riley, the architect of new jack swing. guy's debut and follow up cd sound as groundbreaking today as they did upon release over 20 years ago. i've aged with this music and it's the soundtrack to my transition from adolescence into adulthood. i'll never tire of listening to guy!

    23 Apr 2011 Reply
  • credmoney

    these guys made great music!

    14 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Kym-B

    The soundtrack to my youth. I swear if I played "The Future" CD once I must have played it a thousand times.

    21 Feb 2011 Reply
  • x_TMMC

    I Like. <3

    18 Dec 2010 Reply
  • LilTeegroo71

    "Guy", c'était le vrai "New Jack", ancêtre du mièvre et crossover "R&B" actuel... C'était arrivé vers 1987/1988, quand justement Teddy Riley l'avait popularisé... ça avait duré un peu près jusqu'en 1993/1994, avant de se transformer en "R&B"... Le concept était simple : on prenait des breakbeats hip hop du milieu de 80's (car les sonorités disco-funk venaient de s'essouffler, depuis quelques années) et on se mettait à chanter de façon "nu-soul", "gospel" voir un peu "talk box"... ça avait marqué une bonne génération de trentenaires d'aujourd'hui... Faut dire qu'après ça le "New Jack" est devenu un "R&B" très éloigné du "rhythm and blues" des années 60-70 et également du "New Jack" de la fin des 80's / début des 90's... Depuis les années 2000, ce fameux "R&B" ne vaut malheureusement pas grand chose, car très éloigné des sonorités hip hop... ça se rassemble plus à de la pop avariée sans saveur et calibrée pour radios FM... En attendant, replongez vous avec "Guy" ou "Dangerous" de MJ !!!

    30 Nov 2010 Reply
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