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Old School Music Fans Get Serviced With Expanded Edition Reissues of Five Hip-Hop Classics

Old school music fans have a reason to celebrate this weekend.

Friday, Universal Music Enterprises reissued five classics from the R&B era dominated by pop music fused together with elements of jazz, funk and rap.

Guy’s “The Future” (Expanded Edition), Heavy D & The Boyz’ “Big Tyme “(Expanded Edition), Jodeci’s “Forever My Lady,” Jodeci’s “Diary of a Mad Band” (Expanded Edition), and Christopher Williams' “Changes” (Expanded Edition) arrived at all digital service providers today.

The classic albums from Uptown Records include unreleased tracks, remixes and more.

“The Future,” which the label said in a statement embodies the spirit of the “New Jack Swing” music era, was the second full album released by New York R&B phenomenon Guy. Comprised of Teddy Riley, Aaron Hall, and Damion Hall, the group’s soulful harmonies propelled the album to No. 1 on the Billboard R&B Albums Chart in 1990. It picks up 20 news tracks on the expanded edition.

Hits like “We Got Our Own Thang,” “Somebody For Me,” and “Gyrlz, They Love Me,” helped Heavy D & The Boyz “Big Time” reach platinum status when it was released in 1989. The expanded edition includes seven new tracks from the New York hip-hop powerhouse and its charismatic frontman — which were the first group signed to Uptown Records.

Jodeci’s debut album “Forever My Lady” soared to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top R&B Albums Chart upon its release in 1991, eventually going triple-platinum in the U.S. The reissued version adds 24 new tracks to the classic album.

Members DeVanté Swing, Mr. Dalvin and brothers K-Ci, and JoJo, who left behind their gospel past to release some of the raciest and replayed R&B of the time, followed up that effort with another classic in 1993’s “Diary of a Mad Band.”

On the strength of chart-topping hits like “Cry For You," “Feenin’” and “What About Us” it went quadruple-platinum in the United States and moved six million units worldwide. Fifteen new tracks are featured on the definitive version.

Crooner Christopher Williams’ second album “Changes” peaked at No. 63 on the Billboard Top 200 in 1992. Its lead single “I’m Dreamin’,” however, reached the top spot on the Billboard US R&B Songs Chart and was made even more popular by its inclusion in the end credits of the cultural movie phenomenon “New Jack City.” The expanded edition adds 11 tracks.

Find links to the expanded editions below for all DSPs:

Listen to Guy's The Future (Expanded Edition)—HERE.
Listen to Heavy D & The Boyz' Big Tyme (Expanded Edition)—HERE.
Listen to Jodeci's Forever My Lady (Expanded Edition)—HERE.
Listen to Jodeci's Diary of a Mad Band (Expanded Edition)—HERE.
Listen to Christopher Williams' Changes (Expanded Edition) —HERE.

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