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Teddy Riley


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Riley began his producing and recording career at age of 12 in the 1980s. His first group was called Kids At Work, which included future Guy member Timmy Gatling. The group were signed to CBS Records and released their self -titled album which included the single “Singin’ Hey Yeah”.

At the age of 15, he produced his first hit record “The Show/La Di Da Di” for rappers Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew who included: DJs Barry B. , Chill Will and MC Ricky D AKA Slick Rick and the underground classic hit for Classical II “Raps New Generation”. His composition of one-hit wonder Johnny Kemp’s “Just Got Paid” became a very popular track reaching #1 on the Billboard R&B charts in the spring of 1988. He was also known of producing hits for Keith Sweat on his debut album, Make It Last Forever, released in November 1987, which produced number one hits such as “I Want Her” and “Something Just Ain’t Right”. He also produced tracks for hip hop artists such as Kool Moe Dee and Heavy D & the Boyz on their debut album, Livin’ Large (1987) on Uptown/MCA Records.

In the summer of 1988 Bobby Brown released his smash hit album Don’t Be Cruel which included the hit single “Don’t Be Cruel”, “Every Little Step” and Riley’s first major mainstream hit produced song “My Prerogative” along with writing skills of Guy’s Aaron Hall.


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