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Travel Back to 1991 With “New Jack City” by Guy

For this week’s #SongLyricsSunday, the prompt was to feature a song with the names “Jack” or “John” in the title or lyrics. Well, I took this prompt to the left field. Instead of picking a song with those names, I choose a song from one of my musical genres, New Jack Swing. My pick? “New Jack City” by Guy from the New Jack City soundtrack.

(This is part of a #SongLyricsSunday challenge, which is hosted by Jim at An Unique Title For Me. Anyone can join! Details on how to participate are found at the end of this post!)

Wait a Minute: What is New Jack Swing?

New Jack Swing is a fusion genre that was popular in the late 80s and 90s. The online dictionary Merriam-Webster defines this musical genre as “pop music usually performed by black musicians that combine elements of jazz, funk, rap, and rhythm and blues”.[1] It was created by Teddy Riley and Bernard Belle. New Jack Swing was first heard on Janet Jackson’s 1986 album Control.

According to Riley, “The defining feature [in New Jack Swing] was the introduction of swing beats, a rhythmic pattern using offbeat accented 16th note triplets.”[2] Riley also blended sweet melody (R&B) and big beats (hip-hop) to form New Jack Swing.

The genre was very popular in the late 80s and early 90s. Bobby Brown was hailed as one of the Kings of New Jack Swing (along with Riley) when his second album, Don’t Be So Cruel, became a top-selling album in 1988, thus making thr musical genre popular. Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, New Edition, Janet Jackson, TLC, Babyface, Guy, Levert, Bell Biv DeVoe, SWV, and Whitney Houston were some of the many artists that released material with the New Jack Swing sound.

Although New Jack Swing fizzled out by the mid-90s, it recently made a comeback. The 2018 remix of Bruno Mars’ song “Finesse”, featuring Cardi B, helped revitalize the genre when the remix became very popular. Also, the Korean pop boy band used New Jack Swing in their fifth album 1 of 1.

Guy’s “New Jack City”


Guy’s “New Jack City” was used in the Mario Van Peebles’ 1991 film New Jack City (If you haven’t watched this movie before, I highly recommend it because it is really good and has awesome talent). Guy was a trio with Teddy Riley, Aaron Hall, and Damion Hall as members. The band was together from 1987 to 1991 and 1999 to 2000. They reunited in 2008 and been active since. Some of their most recognized songs are “Groove Me” and “Teddy’s Jam”.

The early 90s tune was written by Teddy Riley, Aaron Hall, and Bernard Belle. It was only featured on the New Jack City soundtrack and not released as a single. Although it wasn’t featured a single, I really like listening to “New Jack City” as it is funky, melodious, and smooth. My favorite part is the chorus with the melodic and smooth vocals singing the title over and over. Also, what I really enjoy is the quirky piano bits played throughout the song. It is funky and I like it!

Guy’s “New Jack City” is a lesser-known New jack Swing tune that really highlights the smoothness, the melody, and the beats that make New Jack Swing. Riley’s talent as a composer and a superb vocalist in this shouldn’t be missed as he is able to blend funky and melodic together really well. Although a minor soundtrack, This early 90s’ jam is a must-listen for anyone who just starting to listen to New Jack Swing as the tune really embodies the genre really well.

Listen to Guy’s “New Jack City” below and let me know what you think in the comments!


Yo Damien yo hit the sticks
Slim you hit the base
Yo, are you ready to kick it
Here we go
Check 1-2, Check 1-2
Turn it up just a little bit, well all right
Let’s get a little base

This is the sound grab your partner and get down
Everyone must know
We’ve been here before and we’re gonna give you more
Its time to let it show
Music is funky, girls are so fine
(yo fellas y’all better push up)
So sweet and vidal
Gotta get the booty (gotta get the booty)
Oohh it’s to late
Can’t believe a thing about the new jack swing

New Jack City!
New Jack City!
(new jack swing baby!)
New Jack City!
(shake that booty!
New Jack City!

When the party’s over and it’s time to make that move
Somebody gotta win, somebody got to lose
Stop procrastinatin’ , and anticipatin’
In a new jack city there’s no hesitating!

New Jack City!
(city yeah!)
New Jack City!
New Jack City!
New Jack City!

Swing it, swing it
Swing it, swing it
Swing it, swing it
Swing it, swing it

New Jack City
Ooh yeah yeah yeah
The new jack swing, the new jack swing
The new jack swing
New jack city!
New jack city!
New jack city!
New jack city!

If you want to participate, here are the rules:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

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Travel Back to 1991 With "New Jack City" by Guy


[1] Definition of JACK SWING”

[2] Bristout, Ralph. “Groove Me: The story of New Jack Swing”.

This Post Has 37 Comments

  1. Like!! I blog quite often and I genuinely thank you for your information. The article has truly peaked my interest.

  2. Jim Adams

    Nice music Amy, I would have never thought of this song, but it fits in perfectly.

    1. Cook Appetite

      This is my first time hearing about these guys but I’ll look them up.
      Thank you 🙂

  3. Felicia Denise

    This was another great era for music! So much talent and so many great songs! Great share, my friend! 😊👍

  4. msjadeli

    I love the bass line in the beginning; it gives it that extra funkiness. I could definitely shake my booty to this.

  5. cait

    oh wow this is so cool- i couldn’t wait to listen to it and have my family enjoy it too! we all had a great dance party

  6. ashley

    I remember this movie and song growing up. Both are great.

  7. Neely

    Even though I’m a 90s kid I hadn’t heard this song. I really liked it!

  8. Melissa

    I have never heard of these guys. They sound fun and cant wait to check them out as I work out later today.

  9. Eswari

    The music is excellent. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Stephanie

    I love 90s music, but I haven’t heard of this one before! The movie is new to me, too.

    1. Marta Skeledžija

      I just fell in love with the song. I am a 90’s kid and I never heard that song.

  11. Brandy Toenges

    I love that you shared a video so I could hear them!

  12. Maxim Dsouza

    A sweet reminder. Somewhere in the current decade, some of the old music just seemed forgotten. Thanks for sharing.

  13. sumit walia

    #SongLyricsSunday is such a nice concept that you have got going. New Jack City” by Guy from the New Jack City soundtrack. Is gonna be my next track to search and listen to. Thanks

  14. Rose Ann Sales

    This music is great! Love it. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Jordan

    I used to have this tape way, way, way back in the day. The whole soundtrack was good (for that time and style of music).

  16. Krysten Quiles

    Oh man, I miss the 90s in the worst way. Thanks for sharing some music to get me through my day.

  17. Rhea Evangelista

    Please bring back 90’s music! Musically, the ’90s had everything: You begin off the decade with lots of hip-hop and R&B, saw the rock explosion in the middle years, and ended as boy bands and girl groups were just starting to heat up. those are the days, very nostalgic.

  18. paolo

    Keith Sweat! I remember his song twisted was so famous when i was a kid

  19. Marie Phillips

    I remember this song! And all of those pictures take me back to that time. My first daughter was born that year. It was a great time!

  20. Angela Campos

    This is such an awesome song! I had never heard of the genre, movie, or artist!

  21. Kimberly Caines

    This sounds like a great song. Will have to check this out and listen again.

  22. Maysz

    I’ve never heard this band but I would definitely check their music. BTW I love the Guy song.

  23. Papa Jack

    I have not heard of them, but looks like the lyrics are great.

  24. Cheeia

    I love this! This is so hip/cool/ super duper awesome. Thanks for sharing!!!


    So funky and cool ! Can’t stop to check some throwbacks after seeing this.

  26. Polly

    I pride myself for being a 90’s kid but wow… this is the first time that I’ve listened to New Jack City. Upbeat and catchy lyrics!

  27. Mehdi

    It’s quite mind blowing that this is the first time I hear about the “New Jack City” band !
    I must say that the 90s were amazing !

  28. Sarah M

    I have never heard of these guys and the lyrics are beautiful. I still sometimes miss the 90’s era.

  29. Akriti

    It was really cool and nice to listen to. I quite liked it.

  30. Agnes

    I enjoyed it! 1991 was memorable for me as many happened in that year. Thank you for this!

  31. Franze Garcia

    This genre is pretty awesome, the time when Whitney Houston, Celine Dion really dominated the music industry.

  32. Elizabeth O

    This was a great music. I appreciate now the cool and hiphop music like this, it gives me a positive and energy vibes to do some chores at home.

  33. ohh woow!! My 1st time listened to their music & thanks for your sharing here, I learning more about them & enjoy their talent in music 😀 cheers, siennylovesdrawing

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