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“A Milli”

Lil Wayne | 2008

Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III album sold one "milli" in a week, making Weezy's "A Milli" track applicable to everything he touched in 2008. Originally, "A Milli" producer Bangladesh assumed he'd have to revamp the sped-up 808 drum machine to accommodate the verse/hook/verse/hook format, but Wayne didn't want a traditional beat. "That's the genius of Lil Wayne that I didn't see because being a producer I'm trying to sequence the song properly so it can get on the radio," Bangladesh explained. "It shows how great the song is because it's not sequenced for radio format," yet, as he points out, it became the Number One song added to radio playlists.

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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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