Blackstreet (often stylized as BLACKstreet) is an American R&B group founded by Thomas Taliaferro and Teddy Riley. The original members of Blackstreet were Teddy Riley, Chauncey Black, Levi Little, and Joseph Stonestreet. Stonestreet was replaced, however, by Dave Hollister before they began work on their self-titled debut album. The name Blackstreet is a portmanteau of the nicknames of Hannibal (Chauncey Black) and Joseph Stonestreet (Street). The group is notorious for doing the dance move "The Lean" at concerts.
The original lineup released their first single in 1993, on the soundtrack to the comedy CB4 titled "Baby Be Mine". Their debut album, Blackstreet, was a platinum-selling success, featuring the singles "Booti Call", "Before I Let You Go", and "Joy", two of which were Top 40 hits. The follow-up, 1996's Another Level 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, along with the Top 40 hit "Don't Leave Me" which was a big hit in 1996. Another Level eventually went four times platinum in the United States and peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart. "No Diggity" is ranked at #91 on Rolling Stone and MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs, while Blackstreet comes in at #214 of the Top 500 Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years.
In their third album, Finally, was released and featured the single, "Girlfriend/Boyfriend", a collaboration with Janet Jackson featuring Ja Rule and Eve. But personnel shifts wrecked the group and contributed to the relative failure of Finally and Blackstreet soon broke up. After rumors of legal action and a preemptive countersuit, the group re-banded and released Level II in 2003.