Widely applauded as the originators of swingbeat, a fusion of hip-hop beats with gospel/soul vocals also referred to as new jack swing, Guy was formed by Teddy Riley, Aaron Hall, and Timmy Gatling. At the close of the 80s the New York trio broke big by combining Aarons talented larynx with the studio know-how of producer Riley. The sound and image was much copied both by artists and consumers. Riley went on to become a multi-millionaire, for his sins, though his acrimonious split from former business partner Gene Griffin helped to sour a couple of the more rap-based tracks on the follow-up album, which saw Gatling replaced by Halls brother Damion (6 June 1968). However, as with many of Rileys projects, the trio did not replicate their US success in Britain. Aaron Halls first solo album, The Truth, was released in 1993, including the swingbeat classic Dont Be Afraid. Riley would go on to work with Michael Jackson, Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince, Wreckx-N-Effect, and James Ingram, before returning to the group format in 1994 with the highly successful BLACKstreet. Riley teamed up with the Hall brothers in February 2000 for the disappointing Guy III.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.