Who is Teddy Riley?
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— TEDDY RILEY (@TeddyRiley1) January 24, 2019
Teddy Riley is an American hip–hop artist, rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He has had a major impact and influence on the combined world and scene of hip – hop, R & B, pop, and soul music since 1980s. He is considered as one of the biggest contributors to these genres of music as well. He has also produced and collaborated with music legends and icons like Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Jane Child, Usher, and many others. Read along to learn everything about his personal life, career, and current net worth.
He was born as Edward Theodore Riley on October 8, 1967, to Mildred Riley. He grew up in Harlem, New York City, in the St. Nicholas Houses neighborhood. At only five years old, he was already a music prodigy. Young Edwards was able to play different musical instruments, and he did so in the church. His uncle owned a club, ‘The Rooftop’, which also contained a studio inside. During his early years, Teddy spent most of his time there.
By the age of 14, numerous rappers situated in New York City started making music on his tracks. He is famous for working with artists of hip-hop, contemporary R & B, and New Jack Swing genres of music.
Teddy Riley is married to Donna Roberts. Together, they have an impressive eight children, four daughters and four sons, named Dejanee Riley, Nia Riley, Bobbie Riley, Samar Riley, Taja Riley, TJ Riley and Lil Teddy Riley.
Teddy Riley started his career young, by playing instruments at the local church from the tender age of five, and started writing rap songs for artists when he was 14. At 17, he produced a single for Kool Moe Dee called ‘Go See the Doctor’. He worked for various labels, including MCA, DreamWorks, Uptown, and Interscope, and was a part of two bands, Guy and Blackstreet.
He released three studio albums with Guy, titled ‘The Future’, ‘Guy III’, and ‘Guy’. With Blackstreet, he had four, called ‘Blackstreet’, ‘Finally’, ‘Another Level’, and ‘Level II’.
Throughout his career, he has also worked with iconic singers and rappers like MC Hammer, Snoop Dogg, Girls’ Generation, Patti Labelle, EXO, SWV, Heavy D. & the Boys, Today and RaNia.
Teddy also recognized the influence of K-pop in America, and stepped into the Korean music market. He has worked with Jay Park on the track ‘Demon’, which he created for non-other than Michael Jackson originally. He later also worked with RaNia, a Korean Girl Band.
Some the biggest hits of his include ‘Do the Right Thing’, ‘My Fantasy’, ‘Is It Good To You’, ‘Wanna Get With U’, ‘Let’s Chill’ and ‘You Can Call Me Crazy’.
— TEDDY RILEY (@TeddyRiley1) October 29, 2016
When it comes to achievements and awards, Riley won a Grammy Award in 1993 for ‘Best Engineered Album’ category, and a NAACP Image Award in 1998 for Outstanding Album. In 2011, Teddy Riley was also nominated for a Grammy Award. More recently in 2016, Teddy was honored with the Soul Train Music Legend Award, a prestigious achievement.
Net Worth of Teddy Riley
When career earnings and the net worth are in question, Teddy Riley has a current estimated net worth of around $3.5 million. He has this wealth mainly by working numerous jobs in the music industry, as a musician, performer, singer, songwriter and record producer. His wealth will probably increase during his lifetime, because of this one great thing about his work.
What is interesting about him, which not a lot of artists are known for, is the fact that he has always been able to stay relevant in the ever-changing music industry. He is always catching up with the trends, and as such a dynamic artist whose music evolves with time, he will surely continue to contribute to the music industry in the future.