BTOB has earned the praise of producer Teddy Riley, who is widely known for working with the late Michael Jackson, for their bold attempt at incorporating the New Jack Swing genre into their comeback track, “WOW“.
On September 21st, he tweeted out a link to the official “WOW” music video along with the message, “SEE THIS IS WHAT NEW JACK SWING DO TO KPOP …WHOEVER PRODUCED THIS, I HAVE BITE MARKS.” In reply to two fans, he added, “They took the chance on New Jack Swing and I love it. GO BTOB!!!! YOU ARE SCHOLARS!!!! GOOD JOB!!!!”, and “They have strong heart and they’re not afraid to try New Jack. MICHAEL JACKSON IS PROUD!!!!”
Member Peniel took notice of the tweets and immediately tweeted the producer back, thanking him for the praise and asking for an opportunity to work with him. Teddy Riley replied, “Yesir!!!! You guys rock out with the NJS bigtime!!! Lets go I’m ready!!! The party ain’t over!!!”
Teddy Riley is no stranger to the genre, as it was actually created by the producer himself and has played a large role in his works such as with Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous” and Bobby Brown‘s “My Prerogative“.