I miss The New Jack Swing era. The bright colorful clothing, the rumpshaking, the high-top fades, airbrushed jean jackets…..well, maybe not the jean jackets. Well, for those who just don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s time for some education. The New Jack Swing was a fusion genre created by producer Teddy Riley. Best described as a mix of funk, RnB, electronica, jazz and 60s soul, the New Jack Swing helped to define the Black New York Club scene.
The era lasted from the late 1980s to the early 1990s and included Guy, Heavy D, Keith Sweat, just to name a few. Even Madonna came on board in 1992. Which I am convinced is what officially killed the craze as a whole. But that is just my opinion.
There was an element to the music that just made you want to keep the party going, at all costs. You were swept to the dance floor, executing your best Roger Rabbit, Kid N Play, and a whole slew of other dance moves I don’t remember the names of. Those were the days when you went to a party or club, and people were on the dance floor sweating from all of the inventive and skilled dance moves and not just from worrying about what loon was gonna grind up on you without an invitation. Mind you, it’s been a long time since I’ve been to a dance party or club that wasn’t playing the exact same songs I JUST heard on the radio on the way TO the club, so I have no idea what has been going on in the clubs after 2006.
So, let’s take a moment and thank Teddy Riley and his band of merry men and women for getting the world on the dance floor.
“Make you dance to my thing is the way I entertain, baby.” – Teddy Riley The New Jack Swing