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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

    R&B and Soul Mix

    R&B and Soul Mix
    2 songs

    Top Jams [Explicit]

    1 song

    '90s Hip-Hop

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

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