Saturday, June 16, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Blackstreet

Song:Before I Let You Go
Album:No Diggity: The Very Best Of Blackstreet

Teddy Riley is best known as a producer and the architect of New Jack Swing. But he also had success with his own groups. Before I Let You Go was a top ten hit in 1994 for Blackstreet. Riley had a lot of success with his group Guy in the late 80s. After he split with manager Gene Griffin, Riley disbanded Guy in 1992. With his new manager Thomas Taliaferro, he formed Blackstreet with Chauncey Hannibal, Levi Little and Joseph Stonestreet. Hannibal and Little were backup singers with Guy. They released the single Baby Be Mine for the soundtrack of the 1993 film CB4. Stonestreet left soon after this and was replaced by Dave Hollister. Hollister recorded with 2Pac in 1991. That was the lineup for Blackstreet's 1994 debut CD Blackstreet. Before I Let You Go was their second single and it reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Hollister delivered a great vocal and the song is now considered to be a bedroom classic. Hollister and Little left Blackstreet before the 1996 album Another Level and were replaced by Mark Middleton and Eric Williams. Blackstreet topped the charts with the 1996 song No Diggity featuring Dr. Dre. They also had success with Take Me There from the Rugrats soundtrack. After one more album in 1999, a dispute over money between Riley and the other members forced Blackstreet to disband. Riley patched things up with Hannibal and Blackstreet was reformed for the 2003 CD Level II. Meanwhile, Dave Hollister had a significant career in R & B and gospel. But he has returned to Blackstreet and a new CD is scheduled for release later this year. You can get most of their hits on this comp. Here's the video for Before I Let You Go by Blackstreet.

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