Former Blackstreet member Chauncey Black has just been snatched up by Busta Rhymes for his Flipmode label via Interscope.
According to the singer, he ran into Busta during a studio session in Virginia Beach, and after seeing his intensity while working, he seized the opportunity to show Busta that his seriousness about his own solo endeavor. “This cat goes hard! I need to be in this camp,” he remembered of the session.
After impressing Busta, he landed a deal, and it’s Flipmode for life, and reportedly has a tattoo to prove it.
“I wanted to get with a team that could give me that hip-hop feel, but also a team that would give me creative control. Busta let me do my whole record,” said Chauncey of the new deal. “He saw the history with Blackstreet and trusted me.”
Through the deal, Chauncey will release his solo debut, titled Church Boy, which he says is “hard, soulful street music.”
“Church Boy is who I am and where I come from. It’s my solid foundation that keeps me standing,” he says. “God has blessed me with a talent and has given me so much. Yes, I make mistakes, we all do, just believe in him and stay focused. … The album is straight to the point without being raunchy or disrespectful. It lives a life. It grows into maturity, from hanging with your crew, to celebrating love. It’s soulful and hard, soulful street music.”
The first single will be a Teddy Riley produced track called “Every Day Is Your Birthday,” which Black describes it as “aggressive R&B.”
But additionally, now that he’s back within the Interscope umbrella, he’s also been able to reunite with Dr. Dre for at least a couple beats, landed a 16 from The Game, got Ne-Yo to pen a couple songs, and has worked with Busta Rhymes, of course.
As one of the founding members of the supergroup, Blackstreet, he scored a string of radio and pop hits such as “Before I Let You Go” and “Don’t Leave Me.” But it was the breakthrough success of “No Diggity” that helped them reach no. 1, largely due to help from Dr. Dre.
His solo debut, Church Boy, does not have a release date as of press time.