This Is How We Do It

Before White America appropriated "bling bling," "fo' shizzle" and, yes, even "Superman that ho," from Black America and placed those terms into its own lexicon, it did so with Blackstreet's Dr. Dre-supported "No Diggity"--and not just with the title of the track, but also with the term from which it was derived, "no doubt," a phrase this writer is all too guilty of overusing himself. Indeed, without Blackstreet, modern diction just wouldn't be the same today. But let's not gloss over the other big fact about the group--that at its prime, Blackstreet was not only provocative in its production, but also, well, pretty gosh darn good. Credit frontman/producer/brainchild Teddy Riley for that much--even today he remains an in-demand producer, working with everyone from Michael Jackson (fairly recently, anyway) to Mary J. Blige and, reportedly, he's also manning the board for a few tracks for Lady Gaga's next release. In the meantime, though, Riley and his Blackstreet cohorts are all too happily reliving their onstage glory days, touring the country with fellow early '90s New Jack Swing proprietors Bell Biv Devoe, SWV and Montell Jordan. Relive those glory days for yourself as the tour rolls through the Verizon Theatre (1001 Performance Place in Grand Prairie). The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and tickets will run you $25.75 to $59.75 a piece. But reliving the '90s? Totally worth it, no doubt. For tickets and more info, visit
Fri., June 18, 7:30 p.m., 2010


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