Levi Little – “Ordinary Love”

This song is off the “Soul Connection” Album released in 1998 by Levi Little.  He is an original member of R&B Group Blackstreet.   The “Soul Connection” Album was Levi’s 1st album of his solo career.

Apparently, Levi Little can do it all. On his soulful debut, Soul Connection, this Patterson, New Jersey native performed, arranged, mixed and produced all the track recordings, and also played most of the instruments. That’s some major feat. Although some of the melodies are similar in sound to his urban music contemporaries Joe and Brian McKnight, Levi’s contribution to the canon of soul artists is a considerable one. Smooth singing graces enticing songs like “Strong Love” and “Somebody to Love,” creating silky romantic montages. Bruce Hornsby’s expert keyboard work on “The Walls” completes this steady supply of timeless funk and sensual R&B, making this an overall impressive effort.


ABOUT BLACKSTREET

Blackstreet, often stylized as BLACKstreet, is an American R&B group founded in 1991 by record producers Chauncey “Black” Hannibal, and Teddy “Street” Riley.[1]

n 1993, their first single “Baby Be Mine” was released on the soundtrack to the Universal Pictures comedy CB4 (starring Chris Rock). The song was written by Riley and Stonestreet and produced by Riley.[2]

Their debut album, Blackstreet, featured the singles “Booti Call”, “Before I Let You Go” and “Joy”.[2] “Booti Call” and “Before I Let You Go” were both Top 40 hits, with “Before I Let You Go” hitting the Top 10. In 1996, they released their sophomore album Another Level. It was a breakthrough success due to the top single “No Diggity” (with Dr. Dre), which was a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1996. In 1998, Blackstreet won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.[2]

Another Level eventually went four times platinum in the United States and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard chart. “No Diggity” was later ranked at No. 91 on Rolling Stone and MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs.[3] Another Level featured Mark Middleton and Eric Williams in place of Dave Hollister and Levi Little.[2] Both Middleton and Williams were in groups prior to joining Blackstreet. Middleton was part of the short-lived Motown Records group Brik Citi.[4][5][6] Williams was part of the trio The Flex, a group that sang on songs produced by their mentor Marley Marl.[7] The success of Another Level landed them a guest appearance on Jay-Z‘s “The City Is Mine” and they teamed with Mýa and Mase for the hit “Take Me There” from the Rugrats soundtrack. The success of Another Level would also land them a spot on New Edition‘s 1997 Home Again reunion tour.

Blackstreet had a top ten album with Finally. The first single from the album, “Girlfriend/Boyfriend“, was a collaboration with Janet Jackson featuring Ja Rule and Eve. However personnel shifts wrecked the group and contributed to the relative failure of Finally and Blackstreet soon broke up.[citation needed]

Riley recorded a reunion album with Guy in 2000, and subsequently began working on material for his first solo record. Riley had second thoughts about disbanding Blackstreet, and patched things up with Hannibal. Middleton and Williams returned to restore the Another Level lineup, and Riley’s solo project became a Blackstreet reunion. After rumors of legal action and a preemptive countersuit, the group re-banded and released Level II.

After several failed attempts to keep Blackstreet together, all members eventually continued with solo careers for a time. However, in 2014 it was announced that past members Black, Little, Middleton and Williams were back together under the Blackstreet moniker. They continued to perform with this lineup currently, and embarkeded on their second Australian tour in April 2015.[8]

Current members

  • Chauncey “Black” Hannibal
  • Levi Little
  • Mark Middleton
  • Eric Williams

 


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