And blow out the candlelight
For tonight is just your night
We're gonna celebrate, all through the night
Pour the wine, light the fire
Girl your wish is my command
I submit to your demands
I will do anything, girl you need only ask
As big as Cooleyhighharmony proved, the group were ready to fully embark in the Hip Hop Soul sound. Also, while they wanted Tim Kelley and Bob Robinson to take the lead on producing the album, Motown didn't want to put it in the hands of some relative newcomers. So they split the duties with Flyte Time (Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis), L.A. Reid, and Babyface.
While under normal circumstances, that could be the recipe for a trainwreck, it actually proved to be quite fruitful. The resulting album became one of the hallmark moments in R&B. II debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 350,000 copies in its first week. Ultimately certified Diamond by the RIAA behind 12 million copies sold in the United States, it would finish #22 on the year-end chart for 1994, #3 on the year-end chart for 1995, and #13 on the decade-end Billboard 200 album chart for The '90s.
The album was supported by five singles: "I'll Make Love to You", "On Bended Knee", "Thank You", "Water Runs Dry", and "Vibin'". "I'll Make Love to You" would spend a mind-numbing 14 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.note When "On Bended Knee" supplanted it at #1 in December 1994, Boyz II Men joined Elvis Presley and The Beatles in accomplishing the feat of replacing themselves at the top of that chart.
- "Thank You" (4:34)
- "All Around the World" (4:56)
- "U Know" (4:46)
- "Vibin'" (4:26)
- "I Sit Away" (4:34)
- "Jezzebel" (6:06)
- "Khalil (Interlude)" (1:41)
- "Trying Times" (5:23)
- "I'll Make Love to You" (4:07)
- "On Bended Knee" (5:29)
- "50 Candles" (5:06)
- "Water Runs Dry" (3:22)
- "Yesterday" (3:07)
International bonus track14. "Fallin'" (4:09)
"Cause saying how we trope is no longer allowed"
- Hip Hop Soul: This album became one of the quintessential recordings for the sound.
- Intercourse with You: Take a guess.
- Non-Indicative Title: II is actually the group's third studio album, as their 1993 Christmas album, Christmas Interpretations, is considered a canon studio album for the group.
- Sampling: Samples were lifted from Doug E. Fresh, Daddy-O, The Five Stairsteps, and Bell Biv Devoe.
- Special Guest: Two remixes of "Vibin'" featured two different all-star lineups of rappers. The "New Flava" mix featured Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Treach, and Craig Mack. Kenny Smoove's remix featured Erick Sermon, Keith Murray, Redman & 2 Da Head.
- Translated Cover Version: The entire album was also recorded in Spanish, and released as II: Yo Te Voy a Amar.