An exclusive look into the life of Terrace Martin.
Biography Teddy Riley also known to the world as “The King of New Jack Swing has truly made a name for himself. At the age of 15, he produced the underground classic "Raps New Generation", by Classical II. His composition of one-hit wonder Johnny Kemp's "Just Got Paid" became a very popular track reaching 1 on the billboard R&B charts in the spring of 1988. Keith Sweat’s Just Got Paid was also produced by Teddy Riley. Along with other Sweat hits such as, Make It Last Forever, released in November 1987and "I Want Her" , "Something Just Ain't Right". He also produced tracks for hip hop artists such as Kool Moe Dee and Heavy D. and The Boys on their debut album, Livin' Large (1987) on Uptown/MCA Records. Riley's first major mainstream hit produced song was Bobby Brown’s "My Prerogative" along with writing skills of Guy's Aaron Hall. Riley got the idea of forming his own group after it was suggested to him that a younger singer named Aaron Hall was looking to join a group. After meeting at a New York mall, Riley and Hall became friends and formed what would be Guy in 1987. Complete with a third member – Timmy Gaitling- they recorded and finished their self-titled debut in the summer 1988, which by the time of Gatling's exit and Hall's younger brother Damian's entry. The album sold over 3 million copies with hits like "Groove Me", "Teddy's Jam", "Piece of My Love", "I Like" and "Spend the Night". The album had established the group as a unique R&B musical force through out the end of the 1980s into the 1990s. Guy appeared on the 1989 Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing soundtrack with their song "My Fantasy" In 1990 Teddt produced hits such as "Wanna Get With U", "Let's Chill", "Do Me Right", "Her" and "D.O.G. Me Out". Guy contributed a song to the soundtrack of Mario Van Peebles 1991 directoral debut film New Jack City, which stared Wesley Snipes, Ice-T and Chris Rock. Guy also appeared in the film as the New Year's Eve Band. Guy also contributed to the 1992 film FernGully: The Last Rainforest soundtrack, with the song "Land Of A Thousand Dances" Before the band Guy split up, Riley moved his music operations to Virginia Beach, where he set up his Future Recording Studio. Teddy worked on Michaels Jackson’s Dangerous and Invincible. Including the hits "Remember the Time", "Jam" which featured Heavy D, "In the Closet", the title song "Dangerous", "Heaven Can Wait", and "Whatever Happens" featuring Carlos Santana. Riley also went on to contribute to the Juice soundtrack which starred rapper Tupac Shakur aka 2Pac. Riley's song "Is It Good To You" performed with long time collaborator Tammy Lucas was a smash hit. His fellow ex-Guy bandmate Aaron Hall was also on the soundtrack his song "Don't Be Afraid" was one of the big hits on the soundtrack. Even throughout his reign as producer, Riley found time to form another band Blackstreet in 1992. The first song that Blackstreet released was "Baby Be Mine" which was off the "CB4" soundtrack which starred Chris Rock. In 1994 Blackstreet released their debut self-titled platinum selling album which featured the hits "Booti Call" and "Before I Let Go". The follow-up album took the group to national prominence with the release of their second effort, Another Level, in 1996, which sold 4x platinum, it featured their biggest-selling hit to date, "No Diggity". Currently Teddy Riley has been in the lab working effortlessly on his Urband ecclectic newly founded project “Adida” The Band” and Teddy Riley “The Comeback”. http://www.teddyrileypresents.com/ https://twitter.com/TeddyRiley1 https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeddyRiley
Six years after his last solo studio release, Hip-Hop icon and platinum recording artist DJ Quik is back. The Compton, California native returns with his eighth solo studio album on 4/20 with The Book Of David. As a nod to his birth-name, David Blake, this latest release is a candid and insightful project. Mixing Quik's legendary beat crafting with his well known gangsta bravado, The Book Of David is a raw representation of Quik as both an evolved recording artist and the mind of the man behind the music, David Blake. The album is entirely produced by DJ Quik and features memorable cameos from Bun B, Ice Cube, Kurupt, Dwele, Suga Free, Jon B, Bizzy Bone and others. “The whole idea behind this project was not just to make another rap album,” says DJ Quik. “I wanted to focus on the overall musical performance process…not just the rapping part. It’s a smart album, it’s everything I wanted it to be.” The Book Of David is as multi-faceted as the illustrious creator. Every track provides another gripping chapter to Quik's prolific discography. The album’s lead single, “Luv of My Life” featuring Gift Reynolds, is already garnering heavy spins from top regional radio stations, including Los Angeles’ Power 106, San Francisco’s KMEL, Seattle’s KUBE, Phoenix’s KKFR and more. Given that his skills are just as precise now as they were two decades ago, Quik's music remains relevant and essential. The Book Of David is yet another fine addition to the catalogue of an immensely gifted artist. http://www.myspace.com/djquik http://www.twitter.com/djquik http://www.youtube.com/djquik
Over the last decade few people have put so much time and energy into the culture they love. Realizing early on that music was his birthright, Terrace Martin, a producer/saxophonist/television and film scorer/songwriter has done just that. Terrace was Born to father, (a jazz drummer) and mother (a jazz singer). While coming up in this heavily influenced musical home, he played drums by age 3 and learned piano by age 6, but picking up the alto sax at age 13 got him like nothing else. He loved jazz more than any other genre of music; the freedom it gives him is second to none. It has been Terrace Martin’s love for the alto sax that has catapulted his career into a world beyond imagination. Martin was just a senior in high school when his professional music career began. As most teens were studying for the SATs, Martin was playing baritone sax in Sean “Diddy” Combs’ band. After touring the world with Diddy, Martin went on to work with jazz greats Billy Higgins, Art Farmer and Herbie Hancock. Martin still looking to take his creative skills to another level, he tried his hand at producing. Terrace continued to refine his skill; it wasn’t until after a chance meeting with Soopafly and receiving some valuable guidance from fellow LA native, Battlecat that his talent really began to take shape. To say that Martin was a quick study would be an understatement. He worked obsessively until finally catching the ears of LA’s own Snoop Dogg. Martin’s keen ear for music and genre bending recordings placed him into a league of his own. Forgoing the practice of using samples, Terrace employs the use of real instruments to accentuate the performance aspect of the music. He produced countless rap and R&B acts but never really got much credit for his work like every other producer on the come up. It wasn’t until Snoop Dogg’s Rhythm and Gangsta album that he started to get noticed for his production style. The next five years would find him landing hit after hit, placing Terrace into a state of high demand and not to mention Snoop’s production partner. His aesthetic is a progression from the early 50’s to the late 70’s influenced by the likes of Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis mixed with the electronic sounds of the 90’s and Dr. Dre. Shattering the acknowledged rules of hip-hop production, Martin samples everything from funk and jazz to classical, creating fresh and original tracks. From this newly developed sound, the rapper, producer, and musician, Terrace Martin has lent his skills to artists such as Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones, Fergie, Raphael Saadiq, Charlie Wilson and Stevie Wonder, just to name a few. His wildly imaginative productions have made him one of the most sought after producers. As a result of his exceptional success as a producer, Martin teamed up with Warner Brothers and established his own record label, Jakai Music Group. He began unveiling his own stable of upcoming artists (Uncle Chucc – featured on Neva Hafta Worry; Ego Trippin). Martin's background in jazz music and music theory give his music a sonic breath and maturity that surpasses his years. He creates a sound that transcends hip-hop, and becomes one with soul, jazz and R&B. “I started producing hip-hop tracks because it was the music of my time, but I never lost my love for jazz. No matter where I’m at in life, I’ll always have the desire to play my horn.” .. http://www.myspace.com/terracemartin http://twitter.com/terracemartin