- Taraji P. Henson hosts a new podcast series focusing on the story behind the New Jack Swing era of music.
Wondery and Universal Music Group announced Thursday that Hanson would host “Jacked: The Rise of New Jack Swing.” The six-part series will premiere on November 17 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and the Wondery app.
In KMD released their debut album, Hood. It was light and lively, full of political content and youthful enthusiasm. Unfortunately, Onyx left the group while the brothers were working on their second release, Black Bastards.
The Oscar-nominated actor will further serve as a producer in what he calls the “up and down” of New Jack’s swing. The series explores the complex relationships between a group of Harlem teenagers who create the sound of music.
The story will cover “broken hopes, jealousy, betrayal, drugs, hip-hop, and rivalry .”Mega-producer Teddy Riley is considered the New Age of Jack Swing leader, which left its mark in the 80s and 90s. His musical style is a mix of hip-hop, R&B, jazz, and funk.
Dumile’s guest verse to the cult classic “The Gas Face” by 3rd Bass also won a special KMD exhibition and prompted legendary A&R representative Dante Ross to sign the band with Elektra Records. Unfortunately, Onyx, the Birthstone Kid, replaced the original third member Rodan before the trio signed on.
Some of the several popular songs of the era were Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative,” Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison,” Tony Tones’ “Feels Good,” and Wreckx-N-Effects’ “Rumpshaker. “Jacked” contains dozens of interviews, including band members and managers, along with music from the UMG catalog.