According to TMZ, Black claims the group’s name belongs to him and is filing a suit against Riley, who has been allegedly using it illegally by performing with a different band passing themselves off as Blackstreet.
Black says that while Riley originally owned the name, his trademark expired, allowing Black to cop and own it. Now, the “Before I Let You Go” singer is having trouble living up to the group’s hit single. He also claims the original group isn’t performing together because he can’t work with Riley due to his “uncooperation.”
Riley and Black formed the super group Blackstreet after Riley’s previous singing group Guy disbanded. Black sang lead on several of the group’s radio hits including “Don’t Leave Me,” eventually gaining major success with their Dr. Dre-assisted “No Diggity,” which reached no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1996 and won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
A rep for Riley tells the gossip site, “At this time we have no comment on any of the ridiculous and frivolous claims apparently being made by Chauncey Andre Hannibal aka Black.”
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