Teddy Riley Receives 2016 Soul Train Legend Award & Performs A Medley Of Hits (Video)
In the canon of great producers, few stand taller than Teddy Riley. From the mid-80s to the mid-90s, the talented songwriter, artist and trackmaster had such a defining movement, an entire genre was created to describe his sound.
New Jack Swing, as named by Barry Michael Cooper, co-writer of the film New Jack City fused the grit of Hip-Hop with the smooth sounds of R&B before it was commonplace. In the late 80s, Riley generated hits for titans like Bobby Brown and Keith Sweat, as well as his own superstar group, Guy. In the 90s, he shifted his attentions to his group, Blackstreet and breathed new life into the sound of the King Of Pop, Michael Jackson. Those were just a few of the many artists whose careers Riley impacted.
During tonight’s telecast of The Soul Train Awards (aired on November 27 and taped earlier in the month), Riley was celebrated as the recipient of the 2016 Soul Train Legend Award.
After a moving video tribute package that included testimonials from artists with whom Riley has worked, as well as peers like production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Riley delivered a heartfelt acceptance speech. Of course, the night would not be complete, however, without a performance by the man, himself.
Teddy took the stage to jam, joined by Doug E Fresh, V Bozeman, Wreckx N Fex and Bobby Brown. He played a number of classics he produced, including Keith Sweat’s “I Want Her,” Heavy D’s “Now That We Found Love,” Johnny Kemp’s “Just Got Paid,” Hi-Five’s “I Like The Way (The Kissing Game),” Doug E Fresh’s “The Show,” SWV’s “Right Here” (performed by Bozeman), “My Perogative” (performed by Brown), “Rump Shaker” (performed by Wreckx) and much more. And, the night would not be complete without Guy, who joined Teddy for set-closing renditions of “Let’s Chill,” “Groove Me,” and “I Like.”