On this day, Nov. 11, in hip-hop history...


1997: We all had to start somewhere. Before Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley was a platinum selling artist and producer, the Norfolk, Virginia native was hustling in the late '90s as apart of the rapper/producer duo Timbaland and Magoo. The childhood friends and DMV duo made their debut with the album Welcome to Our World on Nov. 11, 1997.

The 18-track debut took two years to craft and featured names like Aaliyah, Ginuwine and Missy "Misdeamonor" Elliott" on guest vocals. The album birthed three singles for the guys, "Up Jumps da Boogie" and "Clock Strikes", "Luv 2 Luv Ya". "Up Jumps da Boogie," which was released in July before the album dropped, would prove to be their highest charting single, peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. "Up Jumps da Boogie" went certified RIAA Gold by late '97 while the album as a whole went platinum in sales by 1998.

Nearly 20 years later and Timbo is still crankin' out hip-hop hits. The Va. maestro says he has unreleased music with Aaliyah in his arsenal and will go on tour in 2017.

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