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The Harlem teens who started a musical storm – podcasts of the week

Actor Taraji P Henson exploes the history of the poppy, R&B-influenced New Jack Swing. Plus: rapper Eve turns interviewer, and a US politics podcast high on camaraderie and insight

Jacked: Rise of the New Jack Sound
“You couldn’t help but shake your booty to it!” So says Taraji P Henson, star of Empire and Hidden Figures, and a fan of the R&B, pop, funk and hip-hop melange that made up the new jack sound in the late 80s and early 90s, as pioneered by the likes of Tony! Toni! Toné! In this very listenable – if perhaps over slick – new series from pod powerhouse Wondery and Universal Music Group, she tells the story of how the genre came to be, focusing on one of its leading outfits, Guy. How did these “kids from Harlem” reach the big time – and at what cost? Hannah J Davies

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