Among the most highly rated of the new generation of urban R&B bands, BLACKstreet is the brainchild of gifted musician and producer Teddy Riley (Edward Theodore Riley, New York City, New York, USA). The band, formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, originally comprised songwriters Riley and Chauncey Hannibal (b. New Jersey, USA), with Levi Little and Dave Hollister as additional vocalists. The quartet made their self-titled debut for Interscope Records in 1994. This well-received collection, dominated by hip-hop rhythms, provided a compulsive rhythmic soundtrack to the summer of 1994, selling over one million copies and featuring the hit single Before I Let You Go. For the follow-up, Hollister and Little were replaced by Mark Middleton (b. New York, USA) and Eric Williams (b. 6 January 1960, New Jersey, USA), and the musical accent changed from hip-hop to pure R&B. The only exception was the brilliant single, No Diggity (a Grammy...
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