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“California”

EMA | 2011

Erika M. Anderson's expletive-laden lament to the Golden State was based on her wanting to explore the state's dark underbelly. "The thing about California that's interesting, [is] it's always been tremendously great at marketing itself," Anderson said. "I wanted to tell the other side of the story. Because my favorite California songs are things like 'Under the Bridge,' not necessarily 'California Dreamin'.' For a while in music, it felt like there was this continuation of this California self-promotion, and I kind of wanted to be like, 'Let me tell you something else.'" In dropping the f-bomb to refer to the Golden State, she certainly did.

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“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

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