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Did you know...? Surprising R&B and hip-hop music facts

YOU'D NEVER GUESS IT: Did you know that Usher starred in Moesha alongside Brandy or that Missy Elliot and Aaliyah once bet on who would wear a dress first?

Did you know...?

Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes went to school together and once battled with each other in their cafeteria. Rappers DMX and Notorious B.I.G are also alumni of the same high school.

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Jhené Aiko's musical career started contributing vocals to several B2K releases in 2002.

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Justin Timberlake, Aaliyah, Beyonce and Usher all started on US TV show Star Search.

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Lil' Wayne managed to shoot himself in his bedroom when he was a teen.

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Aaliyah and Missy Elliott once had a bet on who would wear a dress first as neither wore dresses. Aaliyah lost.

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Britney spears' Hit Me Baby One More Time was originally offered to TLC, who turned the song down.

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Nas started writing and recording his debut album Illmatic when he was 17.

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Between 1997-1999 Usher appeared in four episodes of Moesha.

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Aaliyah kept Rock The Boat for two years before release, as her label thought it was "too sexual".

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Amerie's label refused to release 1 Thing, so she leaked it herself.

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Usher lived with P Diddy in New York when he was starting out in the industry.

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Before she was in Destiny's Child Michelle Williams was a back up singer for Monica.

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TLC's 1994 album CrazySexyCool was certified diamond by the RIAA, a first for a female group.

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Sting receives 100 per cent of the royalties from Diddy and Faith Hills I'll Be Missing You. The song samples the Police track that Sting wrote Every Breath You Take - because Diddy never asked permission to use it, Sting receives 100 per cent of the publishing royalists - it is one of the best-selling singles of all time.

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TLC was originally named 2nd Nature.

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Destiny's Child was originally called Girls Tyme.

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Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopez's casket is engraved with her verse from hit TLC song Waterfalls.

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It's been said that Notorious B.I.G. wanted to open a soul food restaurant called Big Poppa's.

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L.A Ried offered Chris Brown a recording contract on the day they met, but he turned the offer down.

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Brandy and Snoop Dogg are first cousins.

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Rick Ross used to work as a correctional officer in the early 1990s.

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Will Smith was 21 when he first appeared in Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.

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Rihanna's hit single Umbrella was written with Britney Spears in mind, but her label rejected it.

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In 2009, Coolio did a stage dive and nobody caught him, leaving him to crash to the floor.


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