New Jack Swing Mix
Chicago, IL / New York, NY
The first in a series of New Jack Swing mixes called DJ Risky Bizness presents The NEW JACK Swing Vol. 1 has been released to celebrate the popular music genre to first blend R&B, Hip-Hop, and Pop music. The goal behind this first mix is to feature some of the biggest, most recognizeable names from the New Jack Swing Era, which lasted in full force approximately between the years 1987 and 1994. Featuring a brief introduction by Andrew Knyte, founder of the long-running New Jack Swing focused website New Jack Swing Forever (Njs4e.com), the mix runs approximately 80 minutes, includes some of the biggest hits by acts such as Bobby Brown, En Vogue, Tony Toni Tone, TLC, Bell Biv Devoe, Salt 'N Pepa, and more.
"I think this is a great mix that gets better with each listen. New Jack Swing as a genre has multiple layers, featuring core artists that served as the nucleus of the movement such as Guy, Keith Sweat, and Bobby Brown - but also included dance pop and hip-hop artists from the era who were undoubtedly influenced by what the core artists were doing - and you'll hear some of that in the mix too," says Andrew Knyte.
Knyte continues: "Ultimately, this mix feels like a party with non-stop jams you probably already know if you lived the New Jack Swing Era - and that's what we're going for here. But stay tuned, because I know DJ Risky Bizness is planning future mixes that will dig deeper into the genre - as well as a slow jams mix that will be sure to delight!"
You can hear the mix for yourself here:
About DJ Risky Biz:
With over 10 years music industry experience under his belt, DJ Risky Bizness has made a name for himself, not only in his hometown of Chicago, but worldwide. The Southside native's rep has grown due to his ever-growing resume, which includes numerous mixtapes, club residencies and featured appearances. He has rocked venues such as Double Door, The Shelter (St. Andrew's Hall, Detroit), Cubby Bear and Metro during tours behind some of hip-hop's heavyweights.
His catalog of stellar mixtapes include mixes for Common, Talib Kweli, Eminem, Mos Def, J.U.I.C.E., The Opus, M.O.P., Molemen emcee Longshot and Kanye West. They've also featured exclusive tracks and freestyles from Slug of Atmosphere, Eminem & D12, Kanye West, All Natural, Rhymefest and more. He has shared studio time with DJ Head (Eminem's longtime DJ), D12, J.U.I.C.E., E.C Illa, Legendary Traxster, O-Type Star, Rasco & Planet Asia and Future Leaders of the World, while DJing live sets for J.U.I.C.E., Binary Star (One Be Lo aka One Man Army), Vakill, Prime, Novacaine, various members of the Wu-Tang Clan and KRS-One.
Along with his hip-hop resume, he has branched out and popped up on new-wave 80's and alternative rock nights, holding down past residencies at Nocturnal Niteclub and Betty's Blue Star Lounge, among others. Risky's buzz throughout the city has led to the collaboration with the multi-faceted Mic One, for whom he currently DJ's.
About New Jack Swing Forever:
The Njs4ever brand is the first and most recognized hub for all things celebrating New Jack Swing on the planet, and it is a lightening rod for New Jack Swing enthusiasts worldwide. Featuring artist interviews, biographies, music videos and an online community, Njs4ever.com was recognized by VH1's Hip-Hop Honors in 2007 as the "Official" New Jack Swing Website and nominated for Best Honoree Website that year.
Its first creation was the award-winning website Njs4ever.com, launched in 2002. Featuring music videos, artist interviews, a year-by-year history and an artist hall of fame, the website has successfully established itself as the pre-eminent authority on all things related to New Jack Swing, a hit-driven genre of R&B music born in 1987 that continues to influence popular music today.