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In #1994 #BoyzIIMen’s second studio album “#II” debuted at No. 1 in the #Billboard200 with 350,000 copies sold.

It spent a total of five weeks at No. 1 and was the third best-selling album in 1995 in the US and sold 12 million copies.

It contained the No. 1 singles “#IllMakeLoveToYou” and “#OnBendedKnee”, the latter of which replaced the former at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, making the group the third artist to replace themselves at No. 1 in the United States after Elvis Presley and The Beatles and the first to achieve the feat in 30 years. #TWIMH

In #1999 It is announced that rap entrepreneur #PercyMiller (#MasterP) has signed an #NBA contract with the #TorontoRaptors.

The #Raptors officially released Master P right before the team’s practice a day before they were to play their final preseason game against the Denver Nuggets.

In five preseason appearances, Miller played a total of 23 minutes, went four for 13 from the field (including three three-pointers), and was a perfect two for two from the free throw line for 13 total points. #TWIMH

#OnThisDay in #1983 Miss New York #VanessaWilliams becomes #MissAmerica.

The crowning of Williams made her the first African American Miss America. For the first time in pageant history, a reigning Miss America was the target of death threats and angry racist hate mail.

Ten months into her reign as Miss America, she received an anonymous phone call stating that nude photos she took prior to her pageant days had surfaced. #PenthouseMagazine published the photos in their September 1984 issue.

After days of media frenzy and sponsors threatening to pull out of the upcoming 1985 pageant, Williams felt pressured by #MissAmericaPageant officials to resign. The title subsequently went to first-runner up Suzette Charles, who is also African-American. #TWIMH

In #1972 #TheSpinners Atlantic Records debut single (which was actually the B-Side) “#IllBeAround” spent five weeks at #1 on the U.S. R&B chart (the group’s first number-one on the R&B chart) and reaching number three on the U.S. Pop chart.

The song “How Could I Let You Get Away” was the A-side, however Radio deejays soon opted for “I’ll Be Around” which led to Atlantic flipping the single over and the song became an unexpected hit. It also reached sales of over one million copies, The Spinners’ first record ever to do so. The success of “I’ll Be Around” would be the first in a series of chart successes The Spinners and #ThomBell would have together during the 1970s. #TWIMH

#OnThisDay in #1979 The #SugarhillGang’s “#RappersDelight” was released. While it was not the first single to feature rapping, it is generally considered to be the song that first popularized #HipHop in the United States and around the World.

#Blondie and #Chic were playing concerts with #TheClash in #NewYork and when Chic started playing “#GoodTimes”, rapper #FabFiveFreddy and the members of the Sugarhill Gang (“#BigBankHank” Jackson, #MikeWright, and “#MasterGee” O’Brien), jumped up on stage and started #freestyling with the band.

A few weeks later at a club Chic’s #NileRodgers heard the DJ play a song that opened with #BernardEdwards’ bass line from Chic’s “Good Times”. The song turned out to be an early version of “Rapper’s Delight,” which also included a scratched version of the song’s string section.

Rodgers and Edwards immediately threatened legal action over copyright, which resulted in a settlement and their being credited as co-writers. #TWIMH

#OnThisDay in #2004 #Usher and #OutKast are the big winners at the 16th annual #WorldMusicAwards, taking three trophies each.

Usher, who opens the show performing “Yeah!,” takes the World’s Best Male Artist, Best Pop Male Artist and Best R&B Artist awards.

OutKast is named the World’s Best Group, Best Pop Group and Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist honours.

That same year #KanyeWest also won Best new male artist award. #TWIMH

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