Don't Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)

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After producer Dallas Austin discovered 12-year-old Monica Arnold in 1991 (while she was singing Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All"), he got her a record deal. For this song, Monica's debut single, he enlisted a slew of writers including LL Cool J and Chuck D, and procured samples of songs by LL and Public Enemy. While this sassy tune about needing space seemed overly mature for Monica, who was 14 when it was released, she said it didn't necessarily reflect her experience. "Sometimes, when an older person writes a song for you, you can learn from the song after you've performed it, because you know what you're singing."