Teddy Riley has officially signed on to play a music director in Paramount’s new film “Hype Nation.” The veteran producer known for his part in creating New Jack Swing and his role in the groups Guy and Blackstreet joins B2K and rumored comedian Whoopi Goldberg for the dance flick according to Variety.The $25 million film, which begins production in July will follow dance battles between R&B group B2K and South Korean dance crew The Gambler. According to recent reports, most of the film sis expected to be produced in South Korea where The Gambler is a top Korean B-boy team. The team has won numerous dance competitions including the 2004 Battle of the Year in Germany and the 2005 UK Championship. Alex Calzatti (“I Am Cuba”) will direct the project for Young Lee of Young Film, a Korean American producer who has previously partnered with hip-hop artists in the US. “Hype Nation” is slated for release worldwide in early 2009.
Teddy Riley, best known as "The King of New Jack Swing," will be entered into The Hip-Hop Hall of Fame at the VH1 Hip-Hop Awards. The R&B legend will be officially entered into the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame on Oct 4th and will appear and perform on the VH1 special to air Oct. 8th 2007. Singer-Songwriter-Musician Teddy Riley was the ring leader of one of the most influential groups of R&B in two separate decades, Guy in the '80s and Blackstreet in the '90s. Riley is mostly responsible for making a successful fusion of hip-hop and R&B in the late '80s and early '90s which was called “New Jack Swing.” Riley is also credited for discovering The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo) and Rodney Jerkins. Currently Teddy Riley has been in the lab working effortlessly on his soon to be released LP: Teddy Riley “The Comeback” “The Legend.” See below for Teddy Riley show dates: Sept. 26 Tokyo Japan "Teddy Riley" LiveSept. 27th Tokyo Japan "Teddy Riley" LiveSept. 28th Osaka Japan "Teddy Riley" LiveSept. 29th Osaka Japan "Teddy Riley" LiveOct. 3-6th VH1 Hip-Hop Honor Awards New YorkOct. 6th 'New Jack Swing Industry Panel New YorkOct. 8th VH1 Hip-Hop Honor Awards Airing New YorkDec. 31st 'New Years Eve" "Teddy Riley" Live Tiawan