Blackstreet

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Blackstreet was an American R&B and hip-hop soul group founded in 1994 (see 1994 in music) by Teddy Riley, a New Jack Swing pioneer known for his work as a member of Guy. Their debut, Blackstreet, was a moderate success due to singles like "Before I Let You Go" and "Don't Leave Me". 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 #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. Another Level eventually went four times platinum in the United States.

Personnel shifts wracked the group and contributed to the relative failure of Finally (1999, 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).

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