HOLLYWOOD HILLS—Music producer Teddy Riley, 51, was honored amongst family and friends as the 2,670th star award by the Chamber of Commerce on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on Thursday, August, 16.
“It’s easy to make it to the top, but hard maintaining being there, so you need people to give you the road map,” said Riley during his honorary speech ceremony.
The Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum Hip-Hop and R&B producer has worked decades in the music industry collaborating with popular 80s singers including, Bobby Brown, Michael Jackson, Keith Sweat, Doug E. Fresh and more.
In 1987, Riley produced a new sound era known as the “New Jack Swing,” re-defining the musical landscape of the 80s and 90s. The sound orchestrates deep fused melodic harmony vocals, laced with R&B and hip-hop beats that developed it’s own genre.
The 51-year-old among other R&B singers and songwriters, Aaron Hall and Timmy Gatling formed the band “Guy,” managed by Gene Griffin in Harlem, New York in 1987. The group appeared in its on-screen role in 1991’s “New Jack City,” but split several years later.
The music mogul later formed the boy band “Blackstreet” with Chauncey Hannibal, Levi Little, and Joseph Stonestreet, in 1991. The group won a Grammy for the hit single “No Diggity” in 1996, reaching No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 music chart.
Riley’s latest projects include solo engagements on television shows like VH1’s hit reality series “Love & Hip Hop.”