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Blackstreet

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, Rovi
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Family holiday day be with your family,I'm okay.Happy Thanksgiving Enjoy!
TBT
Happy Thanksgiving All
Hey Blackstreet this is the jam though pandora is jamming on point
lilmapau
I grew up wit this crew.... Got me through luv times!!!! Luv yall'......! ! . . . . y a l l have been my life thick and thin! !! 1979. It Rocked!
Thank you Teddy for your ambition and your drive and motivation to give us REAL SINGERS! Thanks, from a DJ's sista!
Love you allways take me
no diggity! Also reminds me of pitch perfect.
Alllll Backstreet Loved These Brother's When They First Came Out Still Love Em Today Alright Pandora I Hear Ya
I love them!��❤
Before i let go can i get a �� goodnight.. That's waz up..
I really love there music
boost1234.bm
Fly-Fly
Love this jam
bringing me back to the old days. Jamming
Black street putting t.t.down.
BlackStreet jus anutha fav group with spectacular soul.....
Falling in love again.
I love this song, I just wish I don't think of how they did it in Pitch Perfect every time I listen to it lol.
Fly..Fly
Fly
ginal3425
yo dig this....tedd y still fine as ever
I love this Song. #Good Music
jennydiaz92
Love this
Made lot of babies on old school hits like this
This was the good old day lover line for sure
One of my favs by blackstreet♡
Goes out to my baby Chico
Good song
whiteheadlak e i s h a
Love this
This is a classic" yes"
love this song!!
This my shitt! Ilove this song hits home!
Love this group!!
High School Memories!! Love the 90's
All these songs are my favorite
I remember this song from the Movie HOLES! Lol!
High school memories
That's old school
Awesome song!!!
Memories is all I can say
I love this
No diggity takes me back to high school dances
Blackstreet nothing better
Throw back
the beat sounds like tupac shakur i aint mad at ya lol This song awesome
florindasand o v a l . 4 4 8 9 . f s
Takes me back to a love that feel apart
mary.r.solbe r g
Coo song not from my generation 2000s all the way baby
alex23946 commented on Kid Cudi
Don't read this it actually works,you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.tomor r o w will be the best day of your life.howev e r if you don't post this u will die in 2days.now you've started reading so don't stop.this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in143 minutes wen done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.th i s is so scary it because it actually works
Don't read this because. You will be kissed by your lover on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you are reading this don't stop. Post this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. Then press F6 and your lover's name will appear in big letters. This is so scary it atually works.
This song On Point..... Hot back then & still is
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