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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Top 10 New Jack Swing Anthems of All Time

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4. Al B. Sure!, "Nite and Day"

With a commitment to annoying nomenclature punctuation, Al B. Sure! became a New Jack Swing heavy-hitter thanks to his 1988 album In Effect Mode and its opening single, "Nite and Day" (which is reputedly record industry tastemaker Andre Harrell's all-time favorite swing anthem). Outside of his solo career, Sure! also had a hand in kickstarting the careers of Jodeci and Tevin Campbell. Improbable fact: Al has a son who performs as Lil B. Sure!

3. Wrecks-N-Effect, "New Jack Swing"

The '90s party-starter "Rump Shaker" may be Wrecks-N-Effect's biggest selling song, but '88's "New Jack Swing," from the group's self-titled album, is the subgenre's grand mission statement, not least with rapped shout-outs to Keith Sweat, Heavy D, Al B. Sure!, Bobby Brown, Guy, and Redhead Kingpin (who also produced songs on the project). (Consistency note: The group switched up its name to Wreckx-N-Effect after original member Brandon Mitchell was shot and killed.)

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