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