Saturday, February 4, 2023

"My Fantasy" by Teddy Riley featuring Guy

Song#:  4045
Date:  09/23/1989
Debut:  77
Peak:  62
Weeks:  6
Genre:  R&B, New Jack Swing

Pop Bits:  The self-titled debut album by R&B vocal group Guy would become a #1 R&B double-platinum seller thanks to three R&B Top 10 hits including the #2 "I Like." That single would be the only one of the bunch to make the Pop chart (#70). As their success was ramping up, the trio got the opportunity to contribute a song to a film. They would write and record "My Fantasy" for the Spike Lee film Do the Right Thing. The track would be selected to be the second single from the soundtrack LP. However, with a Guy single coming out nearly at the same time, it seems a decision was made to credit this song to Teddy Riley featuring Guy. Whether that distinction helped or not, the tune caught on and went to #1 on the R&B chart. That success helped the single get on the Pop chart, but it didn't get all that far.

ReduxReview:  Teddy Riley was the master of new jack swing and this was another quality track from him. While it may not have had quite the crossover potential as something like "My Prerogative," it was still a solid, slammin' track that should have gotten more attention at Pop.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Guy would return in 1990 with their second album The Future. While the LP would boast four more R&B Top 10 hits, only two would make the Pop chart. The most successful one being the #41 "Let's Chill." The album would go platinum and get to #1 R&B/#16 Pop. Following the tour for that LP, Guy would break up. There would be occasional reunions and then finally a new album in 2000 titled Guy III. It would include the group's most successful single on the Pop chart, the #19 "Dancin'" (#4 R&B). The album would reach #5 R&B/#13 Pop.  2) After the split of Guy, member Teddy Riley would work behind the scenes writing and producer for other artists including Michael Jackson. Riley would co-write/produce six tracks on Jackson's 1991 LP Dangerous. Not long after that, Riley would form the new group BLACKstreet. While their self-titled '94 debut album would do well, it would be their second album, '96's Another Level, that would make the major stars. The LP would be a 4x platinum seller mainly thanks to the huge Grammy-winning #1 Pop/#1 R&B hit "No Diggity," which featured Dr. Dre and Queen Pen. BLACKstreet would record two more albums before disbanding.


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