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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

    '90s Pop

    '90s Pop
    2 songs

    '90s Hip-Hop

    '90s Hip-Hop
    1 song

    R&B and Soul Mix

    R&B and Soul Mix
    2 songs

    Top Jams [Explicit]

    1 song

    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.   Billie Jean
  8.   The Lord Is Real (Time Will Reveal)
  9.   Don't Leave Me by Dr. Dre
  10.   Deep
  11.   Booti Call
  12.   I Wanna Be Your Man
  13.   Joy
  14.   Good Lovin'
  15.   Fix
  16.   I Can't Get You (Out of My Mind)
  17.   (Money Can't) Buy Me Love
  18.   Let's Stay in Love
  19.   Get Me Home
  20.   Friend of Mine
  21.   Coming Home to You
  22.   Tonight's the Night
  23.   Can't Buy Me Love
  24.   Baby You're All I Want
  25.   Physical Thing
  26.   Happy Home
  27.   I Like the Way You Work
  28.   This Is How We Roll
  29.   U Blow My Mind
  30.   You Made Me
  31.   How We Do
  32.   Baby Be Mine
  33.   Falling in Love Again
  34.   Love's in Need
  35.   Think About You
  36.   Happy Song (Tonite)
  37.   We Gonna Take You Back (Lude)/Don't Leave Me
  38.   Deja's Poem
  39.   Look in the Water
  40.   Don't Touch
  41.   Brown Eyes
  42.   Good Life
  43.   Intro (Blackstreet Philosophy)
  44.   Finally
  45.   Hustler's Prayer
  46.   In a Rush
  47.   Girlfriend/Boyfriend
  48.   Taja's Lude (Interlude)
  49.   Why, Why
  50.   What's The Fuss
  51.   It's So Hard to Say Goodbye
  52.   Ooh Girl
  53.   She's Hot
  54.   Ticket to Ride (Intro)
  55.   Wizzy Wow
  56.   Still Feelin' You (Interlude)
  57.   Bygones
  58.   Givin' You All My Lovin'
  59.   Once In A Lifetime (Interlude)
  60.   Wanna Make Love
  61.   I'm Sorry
  62.   Yo Love
  63.   Blackstreet Intro/Can You Feel Me
  64.   Motherlude
  65.   Blackstreet (On the Radio)
  66.   My Paradise (Interlude)
  67.   Black & Street Intro
  68.   Make U Wet
  69.   Hey Love (Keep It Real)
  70.   Candlelight Night
  71.   Confession
  72.   Black & White
  73.   I Got What You On
  74.   I'll Give It to You
  75.   Drama/Misery Interlude
  76.   We'll Meet Again
  77.   On the Floor
  78.   Confused
  79.   No Diggity
  80.   We'll Meet Again
  81.   Can You Feel Me
  82.   Don't Stop
  83.   Bootie Call
  84.   Don't Leave
  85.   Fly
  86.   Medley
  87.   Don't Touch by Mr. Cheeks
  88.   Wizzy Wow by Mystikal
  89.   Man Behind the Music featuring Queen Pen
  90.   Booty Call
  91.   Ghetto Christmas
  92.   Black and Street
  93.   We Gonna Take U Back/Don't Leave Me
  94.   Blackstreet Philosophy