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Heard Around the Web [New Jams]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on June 20, 2011

Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford
“Every Little Beat” [New Trance Music]

Adamski feat. Gerideau
VIDEO: “Killer 2011” (21st Century Mix) [ – Dance]

Airplane Boys
VIDEO: “Escape” [Mixtape Maestro (2.0)]

Alex Young
VIDEO: “Something’s Coming” [PopDirt]

Alexandra Stan
VIDEO: “Get Back (ASAP)” [Prophet Blog]

Alison Carney
“Japanese Candy” [Soul Bounce]

Anaïs Aïda
VIDEO: “As Above So Below” [Soul Bounce]

Armin van Buuren feat. Nadia Ali
VIDEO: “Feels So Good” (Tristan Garner Remix) [House Music Nation]

Asia Bryant feat. Scar
“Not Another Love Song” [Soul Bounce]

VIDEO: “When It Comes to You” [Soul Bounce]

August Rigo
“Maybe” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

B. Scott
VIDEO: “Kiss Kiss” [Prophet Blog]

Basslovers United
VIDEO: “Forever Is Over” [PopDirt]

VIDEO: “Live Tonight” [PopDirt]

Belle Amie
VIDEO: “Girls Up” [We Are Pop Slags]

Benny Benassi feat. Ying Yang Twins
“All the Way (Live)” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Benny Sings
“Big Brown Eyes” [Soul Bounce]

Big Time Rush
VIDEO: “Worldwide” [Popcrush]

Bingo Players
VIDEO: “Cry (Just a Little)” [House Music Nation]

“A Sunday Smile” [Popdust]

“I Don’t Care” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

“So High” [XLR8R]

Brian McKnight
VIDEO: “Fall 5.0” [Soul Bounce]

Bruno Mars
VIDEO: “The Lazy Song” (Alternate Version) [Popdust]

“(You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care” [Popcrush]

Chad Valley
VIDEO: “Now That I’m Real (How Does It Feel)” [XLR8R]

“Sounds Like Love” [Soul Bounce]

Chris Brown feat. SWV
“She Ain’t You” (Remix) [Idolator]

Chris Brown feat. Justin Bieber
VIDEO: “Next 2 You” [RnB Music Blog]

Chris Brown
VIDEO: “Your Body” [Popcrush]

Cleo Sol
“LoveBass” [ – Dance]

Crystal Harris
“Club Queen” [Popcrush]

VIDEO: “Dirty Style” [ – Dance]

Dalal Bruchmann
VIDEO: “Taste the Night” [PopDirt]

Damien Fernandez
“Somebody Like You” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Danny & Freja
VIDEO: “If Only You” [We Are Pop Slags]

David Cook
VIDEO: “The Last Goodbye” [Popcrush]

Deepside Deejays
VIDEO: “Never Be Alone” [PopDirt]

VIDEO: “Monday Blues” [Soul Bounce]

Dego feat. The Luv Bugz
“What Ever” [Soul Bounce]

VIDEO: “OMFG (Kids of 88 Remix)” [Idolator]

“Call Me” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Dezaray Dawn
“Rain” [Soul Bounce]

Dim Chris feat. Amanda Wilson
VIDEO: “Sometimes” [ – Dance]

Dimi Phaze feat. Aspasia
“Nightfall” (Dimi Phaze Remix) [House Music Nation]

Dinner At The Thompson’s
VIDEO: “Running” [Soul Bounce]

Dirty Money feat. Usher
VIDEO: “Looking for Love” [Idolator]

D-Tonez feat. Alori Joh
“Brazil” [Soul Bounce]

Dudley Perkins feat. Aloe Blacc
“Apocalyptic Music” [Soul Bounce]

Ella Riot
VIDEO: “It Could Be” [ – Dance]

Emeli Sandé
“Heaven” [We Are Pop Slags]

“Lost Woods” [Dancesauce]

“Don’t Sit Down Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair” [Mixtape Maestro (2.0)]

VIDEO: “Stop and Stare” [ – Dance]

“The Monster’s Revenge” [Dancesauce]

The Floacist feat. Raheem DeVaughn
VIDEO: “Keep It Going” [Soul Bounce]

Florence + The Machine
VIDEO: “Not Fade Away” [Idolator]

VIDEO: “Experimenting with Rugs” [Idolator]

Foreign Exchange feat. Amber & Paris Strother
“All the Kisses” [Soul Bounce]

“The Light” [Soul Bounce]

The Good Natured
VIDEO: “Skeleton” [We Are Pop Slags]

VIDEO: “Crystal Ball” [XLR8R]

Gym Class Heroes feat. Adam Levine
“Stereo Hearts” [Idolator]

VIDEO: “Greatest Lover” [Soul Bounce]

“Loopy Loo” [Soul Bounce]

“It’s Not Getting Any Better” (Treasure Fingers Epicwave Remix) [House Music Nation]

Jagged Edge
“Flow Through My Veins” [Soul Bounce]

Jaguar Wright feat. Peedi Crakk
“Switch (Make Change)” [Soul Bounce]

“Smile” [Soul Bounce]

Jay Sean feat. Birdman
“Like This Like That” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Jess Mills
“Vultures” (MJ Cole Remix) [ – Dance]

“Marvin’s Room (Can’t Do Better)” [Popdust]

Kamilah Sumner
“Never Bring Me Down” and “La La Land” [Soul Bounce]

Karina Pasian
“Love Looks Good On You” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Katy B
VIDEO: “Easy Please Me” [ – Dance]

Katy Perry
VIDEO: “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” [C.S. Perspective]

KeKe Wyatt
“Miss Your Plane” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

KeKe Wyatt feat. Kelly Price & Tweet
“Mirror” [Soul Bounce]

Kelly Rowland feat. Big Sean
“Lay It On Me” [Popdust]

VIDEO: “Cameo Lover” [Mixtape Maestro (2.0)]

Kylie Minogue
“Silence” [We Are Pop Slags]

Lady Gaga
VIDEO: “Edge of Glory” [We Are Pop Slags]

Lady Joker and Disco Damage
“Lady Joker” [ – Dance]

VIDEO: “Pieces of Me” [That’s My Jam]

Liam Bailey
VIDEO: “It’s Not the Same” [Soul Bounce]

Lil Eddie
“I Don’t Wanna” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Lil Mo feat. Fatman Scoop
“On the Floor” [Soul Bounce]

LMFAO feat. Will.I.Am, GoonRock & Eva Simons
“Best Night” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

“Throwdown” (Com Truise Remix) [24:hours]

Luca Dimoon
“People Make the World Go Round” and “Stroking & Striking” [Soul Bounce]

Ludacris feat. Trey Songz & Lil Wayne
“Sex Faces” [Popcrush]

Mara Hruby
VIDEO: “The Panties” [Soul Bounce]

Mark Morrison feat. Trina
VIDEO: “B’day” [Soul Bounce]

Marques Toliver
VIDEO: “Deep In My Heart” [Soul Bounce]

Marsha Ambrosius
VIDEO: “Late Nights & Early Mornings” [Soul Bounce]

Martin Solveig feat. Kele
VIDEO: “Ready 2 Go” [House Music Nation]

Mat Zo
“Superman” [New Trance Music]

Max Romeo
VIDEO: “Protest to M1” (Pacheko Remix) [XLR8R]

Melody Thornton
“Sweet Vendetta” [We Are Pop Slags]

Million Stylez
VIDEO: “Summertime” [PopDirt]

Mylène Farmer
VIDEO: “Lonely Lisa” [We Are Pop Slags]

Natalia Kills feat. Will.I.Am
“Free” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Nicki Minaj
“Top of the World” [Popcrush]

Nicola Roberts
VIDEO: “Beat of My Drum” [Prophet Blog]

Nikka Costa
“Head First” [Soul Bounce]

Nikki Jean
“Pennies In a Jar” [Soul Bounce]

VIDEO: “Vanilla Sky” [Soul Bounce]

Northernbeat feat. Mary Kiani
“When I Call Your Name” [ – Dance]

Omar & Zed Bias
VIDEO: “Dancing” [XLR8R]

Only Children
VIDEO: “Everything Goes My Way” [Soul Bounce]

VIDEO: “Sugar” [XLR8R]

The Pieces
VIDEO: “We Are Stars” [We Are Pop Slags]

Pitbull feat. Kelly Rowland and Jamie Drastik
“Castle Made of Sand” [Popdust]

Protoculture feat. Shannon Hurley
“Sun Goes Down” [New Trance Music]

Rashaan Patterson
“6 AM” [Soul Bounce]

Rhian Benson feat. Jonas
VIDEO: “Be” [Soul Bounce]

R. Kelly
VIDEO: “Radio Message” [Popdust]

Rochelle Jordan
“Take Time” [Soul Bounce]

VIDEO: “So, So, So” [XLR8R]

Royal Tailor
“Hold Me Together” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Rye Rye feat. Robyn
VIDEO: “Never Will Be Mine” [Idolator]

Sanjaya Malakar
“Tempted” [Popdust]

Saturn Never Sleeps
“Tory” [Soul Bounce]

Selena Gomez & The Scene
“Whiplash” [Idolator]

Selena Gomez & The Scene
“Love You Like a Love Song” [Prophet Blog]

Skylar Grey
“Invisible” [Popdust]

Skylar Grey
“Dance Without You” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Soulacoaster feat. Princess Freesia
“Babylon” [Soul Bounce]

Starkey feat. Charli XCX
VIDEO: “Lost in Space” [XLR8R]

Taylor Swift
VIDEO: “The Story of Us” [Idolator]

T-Pain feat. Chris Brown
VIDEO: “Best Love Song” [Popdust]

Tall Black Guy
“I Wanna Play Summthin’ For You” [Soul Bounce]

Take That
VIDEO: “Love Love” [Chart Rigger]

Tanya Auclair
“Sverige” [Soul Bounce]

“No More Michael Jackson” [Idolator]

“For Love I Come” [Soul Bounce]

Tiësto presents Allure feat. Kate Miles
“My Everything” [New Trance Music]

Tim Halperin
VIDEO: “The Last Song” [Popcrush]

Tonje Langeteig
VIDEO: “I Don’t Want to Be a Crappy Housewife” [PopDirt]

Two Door Cinema Club
“Something Good Can Work” (RAC Remix) [Dancesauce]

Ulrik Munther
VIDEO: “Moments Ago” [PopDirt]

“Lost Without You” [ – Dance]

Van Hunt
“June” [Soul Bounce]

VIDEO: “Camels” [XLR8R]

Vybz Kartel
VIDEO: “Go Go Wine” [XLR8R]

The Weekend
VIDEO: “Wicked Games” [Soul Bounce]

Weird Al Yankovic
“Polka Face” [Idolator]

VIDEO: “Every Time” [Get Hyped On This]

“Take It To the Floor” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Wynter Gordon
“Still Getting Younger” [Idolator]

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Heard Around the Web [New Jams]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on February 21, 2011

VIDEO: “Why” [Prophet Blog]

Aeroplane feat. Sky Ferreira
“Without Lies” []

Anthony David feat. Algebra & Phote
VIDEO: “4Ever More” [HipHopDX]

Ashlee Williss
VIDEO: “The Bottom” [PopDirt]

Bag Raiders feat. Dan Black
VIDEO: “Sunlight” []

Ben Westbeech
VIDEO: “Falling” [PopDirt]

Benny Benassi feat. T-Pain
VIDEO: “Electroman” [PopDirt]

Beth Ditto
VIDEO: “I Wrote the Book” [We Are Pop Slags]

Black Devil Disco Club
“In Doubt” (Danger Remix) [Get Hyped On This]

Blake Ladd
VIDEO: “Me & You” [That’s My Jam]

Bobby V.
VIDEO: “Rockwitcha” [That’s My Jam]

Bobina feat. Betsie Larkin
“You Belong to Me” [New Trance Music]

Bridgit Mendler
VIDEO: “This is My Paradise” [PopDirt]

Bright Light Bright Light
VIDEO: “How To Make a Heart” [We Are Pop Slags]

Britney Spears
VIDEO: “Hold It Against Me” [That’s My Jam]

VIDEO: “Bodies” [Bring Da Beat Back]

“Robot Sex” [Idolator]

Chilly Gonzales
VIDEO: “You Can Dance” [PopDirt]

Chris Crocker
“I Want Your Bite” [Prophet Blog]

Chromeo feat. Elly Jackson
VIDEO: “Hot Mess” [Prophet Blog]

Conya Doss
VIDEO: “All in You” [Grown Folks Musik]

Creep feat. Romy Madley
VIDEO: “Days” [Prophet Blog]

Cristina Spatar
VIDEO: “Embrace” [PopDirt]

Diddy feat. Chris Brown
VIDEO: “Yesterday” [RnB Music Blog]

Dirty Money
“Sade” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

DJ Snake feat. Eva Simons
“Pressure in the Club” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

DJ Spinn & DJ Rashad
VIDEO: “Space Juke” [XLR8R]

VIDEO: “Excerpts” [PopDirt]

“Penelope Dickstop” [Get Hyped On This]

Faith Evans
VIDEO: “Right Here” [RnB Music Blog]

Fallon & Felisha
VIDEO: “Infected” [Bring Da Beat Back]

Feed Me
“Grand Theft Ecstasy” []

VIDEO: “Oops Sorry” (DJ From Mars Remix) [PopDirt]

Frankie J
“You & I” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Gabry Ponte feat. Maya Days
VIDEO: “Sexy DJ (In Da Club)” []

Gatto Fritto
“Hex” [24:hours]

VIDEO: “Baby Good Night” [Prophet Blog]

“Hate Love” [Prophet Blog]

Governor feat. 50 Cent
VIDEO: “Here We Go Again” [Grown Folks Musik]

VIDEO: “Oxygen” []

VIDEO: “American Trash” [Prophet Blog]

Isaac Aesili feat. Aaradhna & Buff1
VIDEO: “With You In My Bed” [Grown Folks Musik]

VIDEO: “The Story Only I Didn’t Know” [Prophet Blog]

J. Holiday
“Float Away” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Jacob Latimore feat. Diggy Simmons
VIDEO: “Like ‘Em All” [C.S. Perspective]

James Blake
VIDEO: “The Wilhelm Scream” [Prophet Blog]

Jared Evan
VIDEO: “Falling Down” [Grown Folks Musik]

Jasmine Villegas
VIDEO: “All These Boys” [Idolator]

Jay Sean
“Home” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Jazmine Sullivan
“Take Over You” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Jennifer Lopez
“Take Care” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Jessie J
“Casualty of Love” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

VIDEO: “Like Magic” [RnBDirt]

K. Michelle
“How Many Times” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

VIDEO: “Come Back You Bad Person” [Prophet Blog]

Karina Pasian
“Fingerprints” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Kaskade & Adam K feat. Sunsun
“Raining” []

Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
“E.T.” (Remix) [Idolator]

Keri Hilson
“Drippin'” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Koda Kumi
VIDEO: “Pop Diva” [Prophet Blog]

“Ace of Hz” []

Lee Carr
VIDEO: “When You’re In Love” [Grown Folks Musik]

Lenny Harold
“The Phoenix Cry” [That’s My Jam]

Lil Eddie
“Dance of a Broken Heart” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Lil Kim
VIDEO: “Black Friday” [Prophet Blog]

“Cupid” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Lykki Li
VIDEO: “I Follow Rivers” [We Are Pop Slags]

Lykki Li
“Love out of Lust” [We Are Pop Slags]

Matías Aguayo
VIDEO: “Ritmo Juarez” [XLR8R]

VIDEO: “That’s the Truth” [We Are Pop Slags]

Miranda Cosgrove
VIDEO: “Dancing Crazy” [That’s My Jam]

VIDEO: “Keep My Secret” [XLR8R]

“Dash” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Nadia Ali
VIDEO: “Rapture” [Prophet Blog]

Nakia Henry
VIDEO: “Love Letter (He Wants Me to Win)” [Grown Folks Musik]

Nicki Minaj feat. Drake
VIDEO: “Moment 4 Life” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Nikki Grier
VIDEO: “Broke My Heart” [Grown Folks Musik]

“Forgot About Love” [RnB Music Blog]

Operator Please
VIDEO: “Catapult” [Prophet Blog]

Penny Foster
“Closer to Love” []

Phil Manley
VIDEO: “FT2 Theme” [XLR8R]

VIDEO: “Reset” [PopDirt]

“Call Your Girlfriend” []

Savage Skulls & Douster feat. Robyn
VIDEO: “Bad Gal” []

VIDEO: “You Got Me (I Got You)” [XLR8R]

Sean Kingston feat. Akon
“You Girl” [RnB Music Blog]

“Mosaik” [Get Hyped On This]

Sleigh Bells
VIDEO: “Rill Rill” [Prophet Blog]

Smokey Robotic
VIDEO: “Outside the Lines (Uptown)” [PopDirt]

Snoop Dogg feat. R. Kelly
“Platinum” [HipHopDX]

Star Slinger
VIDEO: “Mornin'” [XLR8R]

VIDEO: “Lovedrum” [PopDirt]

Teairra Mari
VIDEO: “Stranger” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Teedra Moses
VIDEO: “R U 4 Real” [Bring Da Beat Back]

Teenage Bad Girl
“Keep Up with You” (Kartell Remix) [Get Hyped On This]

Tim Hecker
VIDEO: “The Piano Drop” [XLR8R]

Tina feat. Fat Joe
VIDEO: “So Good” [Prophet Blog]

Travis Garland
VIDEO: “Everything Right Now” [PopDirt]

Trey Songz
VIDEO: “Love Faces” [RnB Music Blog]

Tritonal feat. Cristina Soto
“Lifted” (Mat Zo Remix) [New Trance Music]

The Wanted
“Gold Forever” [We Are Pop Slags]

Within Temptation
VIDEO: “Faster” [Prophet Blog]

Ying Yang Twins
“Boomerang” [C.S. Perspective]

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New Jack Swing 4 Ever [Vintage That’s My Jam]

Posted by on March 28, 2010

[Originally published 06.04.08]

While hip-hop and R&B are almost impossible to differentiate in today’s music landscape, that wasn’t always the case. In the late 1980s, the two were proudly separate genres until producer Teddy Riley pioneered a fusion between the street-oriented beats and traditional R&B vocals called new jack swing. Riley, along with Aaron Hall and Timmy Gatling, formed the genre’s premier group, Guy, whose self-titled debut album featured classics such as “Groove Me,” “Teddy’s Jam,” “I Like,” and a personal favorite, “You Can Call Me Crazy.”

What soon followed was a near domination of R&B and pop radio by new jack swing acts such as Al B. Sure!, Keith Sweat and Bobby Brown; television shows such as A Different World, In Living Color and The Arsenio Hall Show giving air time to the music and the artists; mainstream performers such as Paula Abdul, Jeremy Jordan and New Kids on the Block embracing elements of the genre; and high-profile artists such as Michael and Janet Jackson devoting nearly entire albums to the sound that was popular until the early 1990s.

That’s My Jam chatted with two members of the NJS4E (New Jack Swing 4 Ever) Family about their Web site,, which pays homage to new jack swing’s founders, heroes and contributors.

THAT’S MY JAM: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, gentlemen. First, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Vijay “Jode” Chandegra. I am a professional with a love for all things new jack. The idea behind the site is to promote the music to those that have an interest in it by doing anything we can to get the love out there.
ANDREW KNYTE: Well, my name is Andrew, and I’ve spent time in Canada and the United States, and was born overseas from the West. I like to think I maintain a global perspective on things and I think that shines through on the spirit and personality of

When did you first fall in love with new jack swing?
CHANDEGRA: The moment I heard “Groove Me” by Guy. I used to put it on all of my tapes for about three months straight. I loved “I Want Her” by Keith Sweat before that, but just didn’t know that the genre/sub-genre was called “new jack swing.”
KNYTE: I fell in love with new jack swing during the summer of 1990. I was in the seventh grade back then, and about two years earlier, I, like everyone else in the Canadian city I lived in, were into heavy metal. But new jack swing offered me a form of music that I could more closely identify with, and that spring/summer had some great releases, particularly by BBD, Johnny Gill and En Vogue.

What is it about the music that is so appealing to you and to its fans?
CHANDEGRA: New jack has always been about the good times philosophy. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or don’t have in your pocket. It’s about enjoying life ― no matter what challenges it brings you. If you’re feeling down, then listen to an uptempo new jack track and see how long that frown stays there. You can’t help smiling.
KNYTE: I think for me, new jack is inclusive of everyone. It’s a big party. It’s very positive/upbeat/optimistic, and from a class standpoint, it’s upwardly mobile. There are two aspects to it I guess: the sociopolitical aspect and the entertainment aspect. It’s undeniably entertaining. I mean most pop/R&B music today owes a great deal to NJS. And again, since I’m always thinking on a societal level as well, for me it was a much more pro-social expression of urban culture than, say, gangsta rap.

What are your favorites within new jack swing, such as artists, songs and albums?
CHANDEGRA: Favorite new jack artist would probably be Guy, the creation of Aaron and Damion Hall, and super-producer Teddy Riley. My favorite NJS track varies, but right now it’s Heavy D & The Boyz’s “Is It Good To You.” My favorite new jack album is Michael Jackson’s Dangerous. It was the epitome of the style and no one did it better than MJ on that set.
KNYTE: That’s an easy one for me. Hands down, New Edition. Some would argue that the group isn’t pure new jack, but by 1988, during their Heart Break era, they were undeniably the “cool kids” and all their singles from “If It Isn’t Love” to “N.E. Heartbreak” embodied the burgeoning new jack spirit that had started to emerge in 1987. NJS album? I’d have to give it to The Future by Guy. Musically, they were trying to expand their horizons and become “major league” ― beyond the exploratory mining shaft they excavated with the first album, which is still probably the most important album of the movement. NJS song? Definitely a hard one, but I’d have to give it to … tied between New Edition’s “Crucial” (the eight-minute remix version) and Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Do Me!,” specifically the Wolf and Epic Remix that was featured in the music video. Not a fan so much of the other versions, including the album one.

How did the idea for the parties come about and what goes on at them? Do people dress in clothing from back in the day?
The idea for the parties began as a friend’s get-together. I was going to throw a party for 50 friends where it would be new jack swing, hip-hop soul, classic soul and Golden Era hip-hop being played all night. It turned into NJS4E’s first party and it has just picked up since then. We have now done parties in New York, Amsterdam, Chicago and London, with more planned wherever people demand it. Some people do dress in the new jack clothes of yesteryear. It’s all a bit of fun. The music, the energy and the hassle-free attitude are what make the parties unique.

Why is it important for you and your comrades to continue promoting and informing the public about new jack swing?
Because it’s a forgotten genre. It’s a moment in time that people don’t talk about enough. If I were to go to a club today, they would accommodate all types of requests for house, disco, soul, indie, rock and hip-hop. But new jack seems to be left off. So we thought we would redress the balance. There is clearly a demand for it and the music-buying public is realizing that “music” is not necessarily what the record companies make them believe it is. There are many “urban” artists that do not feel the need to sing about diamond necklaces, drinking Cristal or driving six-liter super cars. There are musicians that still write and sing about love, life and the journey that we all go through. It is about “real” music and making sure that it is something that is not forgotten. That is why we do what we do, and although new jack is only a small part of it, it’s the part that means the most to us.
KNYTE: For me it’s also important because there was a lot of progress ― again, on a social level ― during that time period being made. Using the N-word, calling women by the B-word, and making pot-smoking a lifestyle to be proud of, without a thought toward moving up in the world and being a productive member of society, were definitely not what the New Jack Era was about. TV shows like A Different World, being set on a historically black college campus on prime-time network TV? I think that was a pretty big deal. And it seems almost unthinkable now that a show like that could survive on prime-time network TV. I think in many ways, “urban” culture has taken strides backward since new jack ended. We’re seeing some improvements now, but the mid-’90s through the early ’00s were definitely depressing for me. “Laffy Taffy” by D4L and “Ai Yi Yi” by the Ying Yang Twins, for me, are just frankly embarrassing ― no disrespect to those artists. We can do better, and with NJS, we did do better. What I’m trying to say musically is that during that time, there was diversity in how urban culture was presented. For every clown you had like Biz Markie you had a smooth dude like [Big Daddy] Kane, a political dude like KRS-One or Chuck D., and maybe a gangsta like Ice Cube. Lately, it seems like urban culture, particularly hip-hop, is either a gangsta or a clown. Nothing in the middle, but Kanye and Jay-Z helped out towards that end a lot. Like I was saying before, during the NJS Era, we did better. And I want to make sure we don’t forget that. This means a lot to me.

What has been your greatest success with the site?
Our greatest accolade would be being nominated for a prestigious Vh1 Hip-Hop Honor Award for “Best Honoree Web site.” That was the greatest validation that we could have hoped for. It meant that we were doing something right. Vh1 is a great supporter of “black” music and its heritage, and coming from them was an honor. Also, the way in which the artists and producers from the genre have welcomed the “push” towards “real” music that we have tried to propel and continue to strive towards.
KNYTE: I would agree with Vijay on that, but I still think we’re still only getting started. My vision for NJS4E and its impact on the cultural zeitgeist of how music is perceived and consumed among the general public is quite staggering. And we’re taking steps toward making that vision a reality.

Besides your own site, are there any other sources you recommend to new jack fans to get information or listen to the music?
The world has changed so much since new jack was around. Fans of the artists can actually get in touch with a lot of the artists themselves via MySpace and other social networking sites. Someone said to me recently, “Doesn’t it detract from these artists’ superstar status to be directly in touch with the fans?” I responded by saying, “No. It actually shows that the artists are actually human beings. What better way of reacting to a fan’s loyalty and support than to say it yourself?”
KNYTE: I would just do a Google search. Wikipedia can do an excellent job of pointing you in the right direction, too. So can YouTube.

What artists/songs of today do you recommend to fans who maybe haven’t “moved beyond” new jack swing?
There are some artists that are being quite creative with their songwriting and musical journey. Ne-Yo is very good songwriter and his songs tend to evoke a lot of emotion.
KNYTE: There is a new guy on the scene named Ryan Leslie. Check him out. I’d also watch a new guy named Nasri. He’s currently making music for the reunited NKOTB, but his influences are all new jack swing (it says on his MySpace profile ― look at the artists) and I have a feeling he could be huge.

Is there anything else you’d like That’s My Jam readers to know about new jack swing and
We have a lot in store for 2008. We are doing a tribute concert for Kenny Greene of the R&B group Intro. He was the guy that spearheaded the careers of Mary J. Blige, SWV and Ashanti. That’s going to take place in New York in October. We have a few other surprises in store too, so watch this space at
KNYTE: Here is one thing I would like to say: if you dig what we are doing, consider rocking one of our T-shirts. It would do a lot to support what we are doing, and I’ll be more than happy to make sure you are taken care of if you ever make it to one of our events. You can grab one of the T-shirts at the Web site, look on the left side and click on “store.” As far as the United States is concerned, even though the site started here, we are frankly getting more love in Europe. So I’m asking the Americans who are reading this ― if you want a new jack event in your neck of the woods, let us know. Hit us up on MySpace ― we’ve done three events in New York City in the past year, and one in Chicago in 2006. But we are eyeing Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. If your city isn’t listed, get our attention. And another thing ― the new Web site will be launching in late August. And more surprises are on the way towards late ’08. So get ready. Alright, that’s it! Thanks for reading everyone!

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