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One of the top R&B vocal groups of the '90s, Blackstreet was founded by singer, producer, and new jack swing pioneer Teddy Riley after the breakup of his seminal trio Guy. Riley had taken a few years to concentrate on his booming production career, which saw him working with Wreckx-N-Effect, Bobby Brown, Michael Jackson, and SWV, among others. His itch to get back in the performing arena resulted in the formation of Blackstreet in 1991, which included singers Chauncey "Black" Hannibal, Levi Little, and Joe Stonestreet in addition to Riley. Stonestreet was replaced by Dave Hollister prior to the recording of the group's self-titled debut album, which appeared in the spring of 1994. On the strength of "Before I Let You Go," a Top Five hit on the R&B charts, Blackstreet was a platinum-selling hit even without much crossover exposure. Two more singles from the album, "Booti Call" and "Joy," were minor hits as well. Hollister subsequently left for a solo career and Little exited as well; their replacements were Mark Middleton and Eric Williams. The new additions helped set the stage for Blackstreet's pop breakthrough with 1996's Another Level. More specifically, it was the inescapable smash single "No Diggity," which featured special guest Dr. Dre, that put them over the top. "No Diggity" reigned for four weeks on top of the pop charts and won a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal by a Duo or Group; it also pushed sales of Another Level past the four million mark. The follow-up single, "Don't Leave Me," was a decent-sized hit in 1997, and the group later made a guest appearance on Jay-Z's "The City Is Mine" and teamed with Mya and Mase for the hit "Take Me There" from the Rugrats soundtrack. More personnel shifts had ensued following their blockbuster success, however: Middleton left for his own solo career and was replaced by Terrell Phillips. Blackstreet's third album, Finally, was released in early 1999, and though it contained "Take Me There" (and a bevy of guest cameos), it spent only one week in the Top Ten. The group's commercial momentum had slowed in the intervening years, and Finally struggled to go gold. Tensions within the group and with their label, Interscope, ran high, and a rift between Hannibal and Riley spelled the end of the road for Blackstreet before the year was even out. Reports surfaced in early 2000 that Hannibal had sued Riley for two million dollars, but after Riley filed a countersuit, Hannibal denied that he had ever taken legal action and the matter was dropped. Riley recorded a reunion album with Guy in 2000, and subsequently began working on material for his first solo record. However, he had second thoughts about disbanding Blackstreet, and patched things up with Hannibal; Middleton and Williams returned to restore the Another Level lineup, and Riley's solo project became a Blackstreet reunion. The resulting album, Level II, was released in early 2003. ~ Steve Huey
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Stations Featuring
Blackstreet

    '90s R&B

    '90s R&B
    3 songs

    Party Hits

    Party Hits
    1 song

    '90s Pop

    '90s Pop
    2 songs

    Top Jams [Explicit]

    Top Jams [Explicit]
    1 song

    '90s Hip-Hop

    1 song

    R&B and Soul Mix

    2 songs

    Modern Gospel

    1 song

Albums by
Blackstreet

Top Songs by
Blackstreet

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   No Diggity
  3.   Don't Leave Me
  4.   Before I Let You Go
  5.   Never Gonna Let You Go
  6.   Take Me There
  7.   The Lord Is Real (Time Will Reveal)
  8.   Billie Jean
  9.   Deep
  10.   Don't Leave Me
  11.   Let's Stay in Love
  12.   Joy
  13.   We Gonna Take You Back (Lude)/Don't Leave Me
  14.   How We Do
  15.   I Like the Way You Work
  16.   Falling in Love Again
  17.   It's So Hard to Say Goodbye
  18.   Booti Call
  19.   Can't Buy Me Love
  20.   Don't Touch
  21.   Brown Eyes
  22.   Still Feelin' You (Interlude)
  23.   Good Life
  24.   Wanna Make Love
  25.   In a Rush
  26.   Think About You
  27.   I Can't Get You (Out of My Mind)
  28.   Deja's Poem
  29.   This Is How We Roll
  30.   Don't Leave Me by Dr. Dre
  31.   Look in the Water
  32.   What's The Fuss
  33.   Bygones
  34.   Baby Be Mine
  35.   Happy Home
  36.   Confession
  37.   Black & White
  38.   I'm Sorry
  39.   Blackstreet (On the Radio)
  40.   Good Lovin'
  41.   Fix
  42.   Once In A Lifetime (Interlude)
  43.   U Blow My Mind
  44.   Tonight's the Night
  45.   Baby You're All I Want
  46.   Why, Why
  47.   You Made Me
  48.   Friend of Mine
  49.   Ooh Girl
  50.   She's Hot
  51.   Ticket to Ride (Intro)
  52.   Wizzy Wow
  53.   Intro (Blackstreet Philosophy)
  54.   Love's in Need
  55.   Finally
  56.   Hustler's Prayer
  57.   I Got What You On
  58.   Yo Love
  59.   Girlfriend/Boyfriend
  60.   Blackstreet Intro/Can You Feel Me
  61.   Black & Street Intro
  62.   Coming Home to You
  63.   Make U Wet
  64.   Hey Love (Keep It Real)
  65.   Givin' You All My Lovin'
  66.   Drama/Misery Interlude
  67.   Motherlude
  68.   I'll Give It to You
  69.   I Wanna Be Your Man
  70.   Taja's Lude (Interlude)
  71.   My Paradise (Interlude)
  72.   Physical Thing
  73.   Candlelight Night
  74.   Happy Song (Tonite)
  75.   (Money Can't) Buy Me Love

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