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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.   Billie Jean
  8.   The Lord Is Real (Time Will Reveal)
  9.   Deep
  10.   Joy
  11.   I Wanna Be Your Man
  12.   Let's Stay in Love
  13.   Fix
  14.   Friend of Mine
  15.   I Can't Get You (Out of My Mind)
  16.   Good Lovin'
  17.   Don't Leave Me by Dr. Dre
  18.   Think About You
  19.   (Money Can't) Buy Me Love
  20.   We Gonna Take You Back (Lude)/Don't Leave Me
  21.   Happy Home
  22.   Tonight's the Night
  23.   Booti Call
  24.   It's So Hard to Say Goodbye
  25.   Baby Be Mine
  26.   Falling in Love Again
  27.   Confession
  28.   Love's in Need
  29.   I'm Sorry
  30.   Girlfriend/Boyfriend
  31.   I'll Give It to You
  32.   Blackstreet (On the Radio)
  33.   Deja's Poem
  34.   My Paradise (Interlude)
  35.   U Blow My Mind
  36.   Why, Why
  37.   Physical Thing
  38.   Hey Love (Keep It Real)
  39.   This Is How We Roll
  40.   Coming Home to You
  41.   Can't Buy Me Love
  42.   Baby You're All I Want
  43.   Look in the Water
  44.   You Made Me
  45.   She's Hot
  46.   Brown Eyes
  47.   Bygones
  48.   Intro (Blackstreet Philosophy)
  49.   Wanna Make Love
  50.   Finally
  51.   Hustler's Prayer
  52.   Black & White
  53.   Drama/Misery Interlude
  54.   Blackstreet Intro/Can You Feel Me
  55.   I Like the Way You Work
  56.   Black & Street Intro
  57.   Ticket to Ride (Intro)
  58.   Taja's Lude (Interlude)
  59.   What's The Fuss
  60.   Ooh Girl
  61.   Don't Touch
  62.   Wizzy Wow
  63.   Still Feelin' You (Interlude)
  64.   How We Do
  65.   Make U Wet
  66.   Good Life
  67.   Givin' You All My Lovin'
  68.   I Got What You On
  69.   Motherlude
  70.   Happy Song (Tonite)
  71.   Once In A Lifetime (Interlude)
  72.   Yo Love
  73.   Candlelight Night
  74.   In a Rush

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