Level II Teddy Riley didn't blow up by being subtle. So it's no wonder that after a three-year hiatus, he and his group get right to the… 2003-03-11 Blackstreet
Music Review

Level II (2003)

Details Release Date: Mar 11, 2003; Lead Performance: Blackstreet

Teddy Riley didn't blow up by being subtle. So it's no wonder that after a three-year hiatus, he and his group get right to the point: hot sex. Their fourth offering meshes soul, hip-hop, and indecent proposals -- the same formula Riley employed for classics like ''No Diggity'' and ''My Fantasy.'' Unfortunately, it's also what now fuels nearly every R&B act from 112 to R. Kelly. The result is a new jack swing that sounds a little humdrum.

Originally posted Apr 03, 2003 Published in issue #703 Apr 04, 2003 Order article reprints
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