Teddy Riley Ready To Make Solo Debut

With production on Michael Jackson's Invincible complete, New Jack Swing pioneer readies BlackRock.

Teddy Riley is gearing up for his debut solo album, BlackRock, to be released this fall. In the meantime, look for the disc's first single, "Party and Bullsh--," on the "Rush Hour 2" soundtrack in August.

The album will be the New Jack Swing pioneer's first step back into the spotlight after years behind the scenes as a producer, and marks his first release for Virgin Records, according to the label. In addition to working on Joe's #1 hit "Stutter," Riley worked with Product G&B on their upcoming debut, and just wrapped up production on Michael Jackson's long-awaited Invincible (see "Michael Jackson Previews 15 Invincible Tracks").

The Guy founder put the kibosh on a possible reunion of his last group Blackstreet late last year (see "Teddy Riley Says Blackstreet Reunion Unlikely"). The group, which scored a Grammy for their 1996 single "No Diggity," split acrimoniously in 1999, with Riley and former partner Chauncey Hannibal exchanging nasty words and legal threats for much of last year.

BlackRock is set for a November release, while the video for "Party and Bullsh--," featuring Riley, Method Man and "Rush Hour 2" stars Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, will be shot later this month, according to the label.