New jack swing or swingbeat is a fusion genre spearheaded by Teddy Riley and Bernard Belle that became popular from the late 1980s into the mid 1990s.
It fuses the rhythms, samples and production techniques of hip hop and dance-pop music with the urban contemporary sound of R&B. The new jack swing style developed as many previous R&B styles did, by combining elements of older styles with newer trends. It uses mellifluously soulful solo or harmonizing vocals sung over rhythms and “street” beats derived from urban musical influences. The sound of new jack swing comes from the hip hop “swing” beats created by drum machine, and hardware samplers, which was popular during the golden age of hip hop, with contemporary R&B style singing.
Every Wednesday we kick it with 2 hours of swingbeat commercial free.