Genres: R&B / Soul
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Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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 Aaron’s 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 Hall’s brother Damion (6 June 1968). However, as with many of Riley’s projects, the trio did not replicate their US success in Britain. Aaron Hall’s first solo album, The Truth, was released in 1993, including the swingbeat classic ‘Don’t Be Afraid’. Riley would go on to work with Michael...

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