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