9 episodes

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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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

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    I Had A Vision

    I Had A Vision

    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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    • 39 min
    The Devil’s Nectar

    The Devil’s Nectar

    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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    • 33 min
    The Golden Child

    The Golden Child

    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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    • 37 min
    Gene’s Prerogative

    Gene’s Prerogative

    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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    • 35 min
    Superfest

    Superfest

    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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    • 38 min
    It Ain’t Over

    It Ain’t Over

    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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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

Scarika1 ,

Brought me back

I remember growing up with this music but didn’t know the story. Really interesting and adds context to my memories. Thank you, Wondery!

Ms.Sy from NY ,

Keep the legends alive, tell their stories!

This is simply GOOD Hip/Hop- R&B story telling! I want more!

Anydesa ,

Excellent

I love New Jack Swing. I finished the podcast in a day and would love to hear similar shows! Great job!

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