Jacked

Jacked

Have you ever had a dream? Something you wanted so bad you just couldn’t let it go? For a group of kids in Harlem in the Eighties, their dreams would change pop music forever. Teddy Riley, Timmy Gatling, and Aaron Hall form a group called Guy that would fuse hip-hop and R&B and launch a new sound. By the early Nineties, the New Jack Sound dominated the pop music charts: Bell Biv Devoe, Bobby Brown, Boyz II Men, and many more. But the rise of the New Jack sound would come at a cost, and not everyone would make it to the top. Hosted by Taraji P Henson. From Wondery and Universal Music Group, Jacked is a story of friendship, gangsters, double-crosses, and big dreams. Hosted by Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson

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November 9, 2020 1 min

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Jacked: Rise of the New Jack Sound Premieres November 17th

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While working in a department store, a chance meeting inspires Timmy Gatling to form a new group called Guy. He seeks out an old friend, Teddy Riley, to be a part of it. Timmy’s determined to make it in the music industry, but first has to decide who else can help the group get there. If you love the music you're hearing in this series, listen to a song playlist here: http://wondery.fm/JackedPlaylistSpo

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November 17, 2020 33 min

Gene Griffin seems to have the connections to get the group a record deal, but does he have everyone’s best interests in mind? If you love the music you're hearing in this series, listen to a song playlist here: http://wondery.fm/JackedPlaylistSpo

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November 24, 2020 37 min

At five years old, Teddy Riley was pulled up onstage at the famous Apollo theater. That magical night set him on a path: the quiet genius making music, while bigger guys clear a path for him. When Teddy gets behind a mixing board, he becomes one of the most sought-after producers in music. As Guy hits the charts, will Teddy’s talent eclipse the rest of the group? 

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December 1, 2020 35 min

Guy’s at its peak as its debut album drops. Damion’s fighting for his place in the group, and Gene Griffin’s tightening control. And tensions run hot as the group goes on tour with some of the hottest R&B and hip-hop acts of the day.

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December 8, 2020 38 min

When Guy is suddenly named co-headliners of the Superfest tour, a friendly rivalry with New Edition turns deadly. After this summer, the group will never be the same.

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December 15, 2020 47 min

Teddy goes missing and Gene tries to track him down. In his time of need, Teddy reaches out to an old friend for help. And when the King of Pop calls Teddy, he has to make an important decision.

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What about New Jack beyond Guy? Carla Hall, host of the Wondery show “Say Yes,” talks with music producer Kyle West about how a chance encounter led him to work with Teddy Riley.

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March 7, 2022 9 min

In Season 1 of “Binge Sesh,” co-hosts Matt Brennan and Kareem Maddox pull back the curtain on HBO’s “Winning Time” series about the L.A. Lakers of the 1980s, one of the sports’ most unforgettable dynasties. Every week, we bring you stories from the locker room, the soundstage, and the L.A. Times archives as we explore how “Showtime” transformed the NBA— and American culture.

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