Teddy Riley Seeks Out Lenny Kravitz, Mickey Finn For New Blackstreet Album

Teddy Riley is presently putting the finishing touches on the long-awaited follow-up to the group’s 1996 album, “Another Level,” which is tentatively titled “Get Higher” and is due in stores in February 1999.

While Riley has already landed such musicians as Mary J. Blige, DMX and Sauce Money for guest spots on “Get Higher,” the Blackstreet frontman told the MTV Radio Network that he’s also hoping to add some guitar work from Lenny Kravitz and a few drum-n-bass beats from U.K. producer Mickey Finn.

Despite the big-name supporting acts, Riley says that the strength of “Get Higher” lies in the way the record delves into the chemistry of Blackstreet’s individual members, and brings something new to the more typical themes of contemporary R&B music.

“We actually went deep down in everybody’s heart,” Riley said, “[we] kind of pulled out some of the things that are not being talked about out there, [but we also found] ways to talk about love, life, sex, money, checks
— there’s other ways to talk about it instead of being so blunt.”

Until “Get Higher” arrives in stores, fans of Blackstreet can hear the group alongside Mase and Mya on the new single, “Take Me There,” a tune featured on “The Rugrats” soundtrack.