Blackstreet is an American R&B and soul group formed in New York, USA. The group came to be in 1991 and currently consists of Chauncey Hannibal, Levi Little, Mark Middleton and Eric Williams.
The group was born when founding members Chauncey Hannibal and Teddy Riley – who is no longer a member of the group – started making music together in New York. The pair brought on additional band members and quickly started attracting attention with their fresh and compelling sound.
In 1993 the group released their debut album, “Blackstreet”. The eponymous album was a huge hit and eventually went on to be certified platinum. One single from this debut album, “Before I Let You Go”, was a top 10 hit on the US Billboard Chart and won the group scores of fans across the US.
Blackstreet followed up this impressive initial success with their second album, “Another Level”. The album outdid the success of its predecessor and peaked at number three on the US Billboard chart, largely due to the massive hit single, “No Diggity” which featured rap vocals by Dr. Dre. The track, which is now considered to be a rap classic and even won its own Grammy Award, was a breakout hit for the band and saw them become heavyweights within the American R&B world.
The band’s subsequent two albums “Finally” and “Level II” failed to best the success of “Another Level”. Tensions within the band caused the group to disband and reunite several times between 1999 and 2014 when Blackstreet announced they would be touring with members Chauncey Black, Levi Little, Mark Middleton and Eric Williams.
Blackstreet has collaborated with multiple artist including Dr Dre, Jay Z, Ja Rule and Janet Jackson. They have toured widely and have fans from all corners of the globe.