Q: Your name is Chauncey Black for real? And you are from a group called Blackstreet? Isn’t that kind of silly? Like me being in a group called Bazooka cos my name is Baz? It sounds really forced.
A: Actually if you read Wikipedia you will find that it was. I was nicknamed Black, and there was another guy called Stonestreet. They put the names together and made Blackstreet.
You must feel so relieved the other guy was not called MacDios. Okay. Let’s start by refreshing the memories of the readers. You were in this group called Blackstreet, a 90s R&B group who liked to spell their name as BLACKstreet but I don’t have that time.
Most people know the group but don’t know the members’ names due to a severe shortage in the 90s of fucks to give about that sort of thing. So maybe you could start out by telling us who else was in the group.
Well, there was me then there was Teddy Riley, the leader, then there was …. Um…. Um….. um….
Dave Hollister, Eric Williams and the Stonestreet guy?
Yes, those ones. Hell, even I don’t remember them niggas’ names.
I wikipedia’d. Now, what were some of the songs you were known for in Blackstreet?
Well, there was Booty Call, Before I Let You Go, Don’t Leave Me, Joy…
I have never heard of that last one.
You know “Joooooooy…”
Are you sure that wasn’t Usher?
No, Usher was “Joooooooy”. Ours was “Jooooooooooy.”
That now sounds like Kenzo.
It was our song, okay? I know that for a fact, I co-wrote it.
You are sure?
I have no doubt.
Not even a diggity?
Ah. I see what you did there.
Yes, I am a humourist. So, what happened to Blackstreet?
The truth is that what happened was white boybands came along and took over. Nsync, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees and such like. It was a massacre. They just came and took over the market for male harmonizing music. We didn’t stand a chance. Ask the members of Silk.
What the hell was Silk? I don’t remember anyone called Silk.
But I remember NSync. They were Justin Timberlake’s Destiny’s Child.
So what did you end up doing? Drugs and groupies of annually decreasing quality until you found yourself in a gutter doing crack and that hoodrat Lakeesha?
Oh, no no. Actually, it so happened that I had an B.Sc in Chem before Blackstreet and since we actually used to hit back in the days when people bought music we had some money so I was able to go back to school. Now even have a Ph.D.
That is so awesome . You mean you are Dr Black? Dude you need to get back into music. Doctor Black is too cool a stage name to pass up.
Actually, Black was kind of a nickname. My real name, is Chauncey Hannibal.
YOU ARE DOCTOR HANNIBAL? I swear you MUST get back into Showbiz. You MUST!