Blackstreet

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Blackstreet
OriginNew York City, New York, U.S.
Genres
Years active1991–2003;[1] 2014–present
LabelsInterscope, DreamWorks
MembersChauncey "Black" Hannibal
Levi Little
Mark Middleton
Eric Williams
Past membersTeddy Riley
Dave Hollister
Joseph "Street" Stonestreet (deceased)
Terrell Phillips
Sherman "J-Stylz" Tisdale
Kermit Quinn
Lenny Harold
Tony Tyler (deceased)
Rodney Poe
Websitetherealblackstreet.com

Blackstreet (often stylized as BLACKstreet) is an American R&B group founded in 1991 by record producers Chauncey "Black" Hannibal, and Teddy Riley. The group has released four albums with Interscope Records until 2003. They achieved relative commercial success leading up to their 1996 single "No Diggity" (featuring Dr. Dre and Queen Pen), which peaked atop the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks.

Formation[edit]

After the breakup of Guy, Riley (while working on Bobby Brown's third album, Bobby) came up with the idea to start a new group featuring himself, Hannibal, a singer named Joseph "Street" Stonestreet and Levi Little. Originally, the group was to be named Stonestreet, but it was later decided to combine Stonestreet with Chauncey's nickname "Black". The group became Blackstreet Featuring Teddy Riley, with an original lineup of Riley, Hannibal, Little, and Stonestreet. However, Stonestreet left after the release of the single "Baby Be Mine", and was replaced with Dave Hollister before the first self-titled album was released.

Career[edit]

In 1993, their first single "Baby Be Mine" was released on the soundtrack to the Universal Pictures comedy CB4 (starring Chris Rock). The song was written by Riley and Stonestreet and produced by Riley.[2]

Their debut album, Blackstreet, featured the singles "Booti Call", "Before I Let You Go" and "Joy".[2] "Booti Call" and "Before I Let You Go" were both Top 40 hits, with "Before I Let You Go" hitting the Top 10. In 1996, they released their second album Another Level. It was a breakthrough success due to the top single "No Diggity" (with Dr. Dre), which was a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1996. In 1998, Blackstreet won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.[2]

Another Level eventually went four times platinum in the United States and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard chart. "No Diggity" was later ranked at No. 91 on Rolling Stone and MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs.[3] Another Level featured Mark Middleton and Eric Williams in place of Dave Hollister and Levi Little.[2] Both Middleton and Williams were in groups prior to joining Blackstreet. Middleton was part of the short-lived Motown Records group Brik Citi.[4][5][6] Williams was part of the trio The Flex, a group that sang on songs produced by their mentor Marley Marl.[7] The success of Another Level landed them a guest appearance on Jay-Z's "The City Is Mine" and they teamed with Mýa and Mase for the hit "Take Me There" from the Rugrats soundtrack. The success of Another Level would also land them a spot on New Edition's 1997 Home Again reunion tour.

Blackstreet had a top ten album with Finally. The first single from the album, "Girlfriend/Boyfriend", was a collaboration with Janet Jackson featuring Ja Rule and Eve. Riley recorded a reunion album with Guy in 2000 and subsequently began working on material for his first solo record. Riley 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. After rumors of legal action and a preemptive countersuit, the group re-banded and released Level II.

After several failed attempts to keep Blackstreet together, all members eventually continued with solo careers for a time. However, in 2014 it was announced that past members Black, Little, Middleton, and Williams were back together under the Blackstreet moniker. They continued to perform with this lineup currently, and embarked on their second Australian tour in April 2015.[8]

In 2015, three ex-members, Mark Middleton, Eric Williams and Jeremy Hanna were backing vocals for Eurovision Song Contest 2015 North Macedonia entry "Autumn Leaves" performed by Daniel Kajmakoski.[9]

Members[edit]

Current

  • Chauncey "Black" Hannibal
  • Levi Little
  • Mark Middleton
  • Eric Williams

Blackstreet featuring Teddy Riley

  • Teddy Riley
  • Dave Hollister
  • Sherman "J-Stylz" Tisdale
  • Rodney Poe

Past members

  • Joseph "Street" Stonestreet (Original member only appeared on single "Baby Be Mine") (Deceased)
  • Terrell Phillips (Appeared on the album Finally)
  • Kermit Quinn (performed during live shows, does not appear on album)
  • Lenny Harold
  • Sherman Tisdale
  • Tony Tyler (deceased)

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coker, Cheo Hodari (November 24, 1996). "Mr. New Jack Swings Back". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Huey, Steve. "Blackstreet Biography". AllMusic. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  3. ^ "Rock On The Net: Rolling Stone & MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs: 51-100". rockonthenet.com. Archived from the original on August 6, 2010.
  4. ^ "A Trio Of Talent: The 'Brik Citi' Is A Hot New Motown Group, Each". highbeam.com. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  5. ^ "Brik Citi - Between A Rock And A Hard Place CD". studio album. cduniverse.com. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  6. ^ "Levaba Mallison - Director of Music Production". biography. backbone pictures.com. Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  7. ^ "Eight inducted into EHS 'Wall of Fame'". hamptoncountyguardian.com. Hampton County Guardian. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  8. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: The Hi-Fi Bar Venues Enter Administration". theMusic.
  9. ^ "Daniel Kajmakoski will be joined by Grammy winners MERJ". EuroVisionary. May 6, 2015. Retrieved October 13, 2021.