The Future

The Future

by GuyGuy


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New jack swing, a hard-edged, high-tech blend of funk, R&B, and rap/hip-hop, has been milked for all it's worth and run into the ground by Guy's numerous imitators in the late '80s and early- to mid-'90s. But in the hands of its highly influential originators, Guy, it sounds fresh and inspired. Though not as strong as the debut album of 1988, The Future is one of the more appealing -- and certainly more authentic -- examples of "new jack swing." Lead by the ubiquitous producer/songwriter Teddy Riley, the trio brings a definite urgency to grinding, forceful funk like "Teddy's Jam 2" and "Her," and to such slow jams as "Do Me Right" and "Tease Me Tonight" (both of which recall the Gap Band à la "Outstanding"). Especially riveting is the all-rap number "Total Control," a brutally honest commentary on exploitation in the music business. It's important to absorb Guy's music and realize that it is proof, against the understandable complaints about the glut of faceless "new jack swing" artists saturating the market, that it wasn't always cheap and formulaic.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/1991
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811011529
catalogNumber: 10115
Rank: 54025

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Guy   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Aaron Hall   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bernard Belle   Background Vocals
Mary Brown   Background Vocals
Aqil Davidson   Background Vocals
Damion Hall   Vocals
Tammy Lucas   Background Vocals
Marsha McClurkin   Background Vocals
Markell Riley   Background Vocals
Teddy Riley   Vocals
Brandon Mitchell   Background Vocals
Daved Winn   scratching
Heavy D   Rap

Technical Credits

Guy   Producer
Aaron Hall   Producer
Bernard Belle   Producer
Aqil Davidson   Producer
Markell Riley   Producer
Teddy Riley   Producer
Brandon Mitchell   Producer
Stuart Watson   Artwork
Jeanne Bradshaw   Art Direction
Dave Way   Engineer

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