New Jack Swing: The Hype Dance
Reliving an iconic era with legendary DJs Kid Capri, Just Blaze & Brucie B and throwback dance moves
The term “new jack swing” was initially coined by Barry Michael Cooper to describe the trailblazing productions of Teddy Riley for the likes of Guy, Al B. Sure! and Johnny Kemp. Writing for the Village Voice, Cooper pinpointed the crucial cultural moment in late ’80s Harlem where hip-hop and R&B first converged, bringing with it eye-catching fashion and distinct dance moves while soon blossoming into a globalized lifestyle. New jack swing took the world by storm, and the ripples of its particle collision can still be felt in the hip-hop and R&B sounds of today. Tapping into the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York tradition of bringing some of the city’s most storied music scenes back to life, and following an in-depth conversation with Teddy Riley, we celebrate new jack swing with iconic DJs from the era. The lineup includes Brucie B of Harlem’s Roof Top roller-skating rink (which once was located in the same building where Riley had his first studio), Bronx legend Kid Capri and Just Blaze, whose productions have shaped the music of New York in their own way – as well as dancers trained in the high art of the Running Man. Better make sure your fade is tight.
DJs: Just Blaze, Kid Capri, Brucie B
$10 Tickets on the door