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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

    '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

Top Songs by

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

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