Busta's Flipmode Jumps Into R&B With Former Blackstreet Member Chauncey Black

Busta Rhymes is expanding

the sounds of his Flipmode Squad to include R&B and has inked a deal with

former Blackstreet frontman Chauncey Black. Black's

solo debut Church Boy features guest appearances by The Game, Young Buck,

Rah Digga, Labb, Spliff Star and Busta Rhymes, while Dr. Dre, LT Hutton, Davel

"Bo" McKenzie and Teddy Riley handled production of the album. “Seeing

what he did with Blackstreet and knowing dude’s talent first hand, I knew

without a doubt he would represent the Flipmode squad well,” Busta Rhymes

told AllHipHop.com in a statement. As

a member of Teddy Riley's group Blackstreet, Black hit the charts with songs like

"Before I Let Go" and "Booti Call," which were featured on

the group's 1994 self-titled debut. Blackstreet

found mainstream success in 1996 with the #1 single "No Diggity," which

featured Dr. Dre and Queen Pen. The group won a Grammy Award for "No Diggity"

in 1998, taking the Best R&B Performance by a group or duo category.“I’ve

been all over the world with Blackstreet and I feel good about stepping in my

own lane and showing people what I can do,” Black said of Church Boy,

which will be released through Flipmode/Motown/Universal. The

first singles from the album are "Ride or Die" which features Young

Buck and Rah Digga and a balled titled “Everyday Is Your Birthday.”


Boy is slated to hit stores in early 2007.