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

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