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BLACKstreet
Chauncey Hannibal (C.Black) CEO, Blackstreet Entertainment, Inc. (2014)
Background information
OriginNew York, New York, USA
GenresR&B, soul, funk, new jack swing, hip-hop
Years active1991–present
LabelsInterscope
DreamWorks
TR Music Group
Associated actsGuy, Aaron Hall, Wreckx-n-Effect
Keith Sweat, New Edition, Bobby Brown, Jodeci, SWV, Dru Hill, 112, The Neptunes, Dave Hollister, Dr.Dre
 
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BLACKstreet
Chauncey Hannibal (C.Black) CEO, Blackstreet Entertainment, Inc. (2014)
Background information
OriginNew York, New York, USA
GenresR&B, soul, funk, new jack swing, hip-hop
Years active1991–present
LabelsInterscope
DreamWorks
TR Music Group
Associated actsGuy, Aaron Hall, Wreckx-n-Effect
Keith Sweat, New Edition, Bobby Brown, Jodeci, SWV, Dru Hill, 112, The Neptunes, Dave Hollister, Dr.Dre

Blackstreet, often stylized as BLACKstreet, is an American R&B group founded in 1991 by Teddy Riley, and Chauncey Hannibal a.k.a. "C. Black".

Formation[edit]

After the breakup of Guy, Riley came up with the idea to start a new group featuring himself. Originally, the group was to be named Stonestreet, but during a meeting with Riley's younger brother Markell (Wreckx-n-Effect) Taliaferro suggested to use part of Stonestreet's and Chauncey's nickname "Black" as a symbol of urban life. Riley agreed and the group became Blackstreet Feat. Teddy Riley, with an original lineup of Teddy Riley, Chauncey Hannibal, Levi Little, and Joseph Stonestreet. Stonestreet was replaced, however, by Dave Hollister before their first self-entitled album was released. As of 2013, the current members are Riley, Hollister, Sherman "J-Stylz" Tisdale, Lenny Harold, and Tony Tyler, and is now known as Bs2 as they cannot use the Blackstreet moniker since Hannibal owns the name.

Career[edit]

The original group released their first single in 1993, on the soundtrack to the Universal Pictures comedy CB4 (starring Chris Rock) titled "Baby Be Mine", featuring Joseph Stonestreet on lead, produced by Teddy Riley, and written by Teddy Riley and Joseph Stonestreet. However, Stonestreet left the group shortly after the single was released (due to personal issues) and was replaced by Dave Hollister.[1]

Their debut album, Blackstreet, was a platinum-selling success, featuring the singles "Booti Call", "Before I Let You Go", and "Joy",[1] two of which were Top 40 hits ("Before I Let You Go" hit the Top 10). The follow-up, 1996's Another Level (see 1996 in music) 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, and won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, along with the Top 40 hit "Don't Leave Me" which was a big hit in 1996.[1] Another Level eventually went four times platinum in the United States and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard chart. "No Diggity" is ranked at No. 91 on Rolling Stone and MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs, while Blackstreet comes in at No. 214 of the Top 500 Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years.

The album Another Level featured Mark Middleton and Eric Williams in place of Dave Hollister and Levi Little.[1] 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.

The first single from their third album, "Girlfriend/Boyfriend", a collaboration with Janet Jackson featuring Ja Rule and Eve – Blackstreet finally had a top ten album with Finally. But personnel shifts wrecked the group and contributed to the relative failure of Finally (1999 in music) and Blackstreet soon broke up. After rumors of legal action and a preemptive countersuit, the group re-banded and released Level II in 2003 (see 2003 in music). Blackstreet now consists of original members Teddy Riley, Hannibal, Hollister, and new member Sherman "J-Stylz" Tisdale. Kermit Quinn, formerly of the R&B group Intro, also performs with Blackstreet. Mark Middleton and Eric Williams left the group due to disagreements regarding money distribution. They began performing Blackstreet's music overseas with Jeremy "Remy" Hanna. The trio performs under the name "M.E.R." to avoid legal action by Teddy and Chauncey.

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.

As of January 2014,Teddy Riley, Dave Hollister and new members Lenny Harold and Tony Tyler perform under the new name of "Bs2".Chauncey Hannibal(C. Black)remains the CEO of Blackstreet Entertainment, Inc. and the sole member of the original group BLACKstreet, he continues to perform as a solo artist.

BS2 Members[edit]

Past BLACKstreet members[edit]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Huey, Steve "Blackstreet Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-07-10.