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Classic Album Review: Blackstreet | Finally

The skills & talents of Teddy Riley helps keep this R&B outfit right on track.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


In a world of hip-hop artists who all walk in each other’s footsteps, Blackstreet continue to break new ground.

The reason? Group leader and hip-hop wizard Teddy Riley. His distinctive songwriting runs the gamut from soulful doowop to neck-snapping new jack swing, and his rambunctious production style incorporates both slick precision harmonies and goofy cartoon sound effects. The overabundance of ballads on Finally is a slight misstep, but at least they’re following their own path.