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“Cold World”

GZA | 1995

From the Liquid Swords album, GZA's "Cold World" gives a poetic look into the gritty streets of the Brooklyn neighnorhoods of Brownsville and Red Hook. "A lot of dudes write these street tales and they're so gory, 'cause they think gory is visual," GZA said. "I wanted to write something and take it to a level where nobody's done it." Like many Wu classics from that era, the song was created in RZA's basement back on Staten Island. "I remember being there, and some of the beats were running for like two days nonstop. 'Cold World' was one of them."

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“Promiscuous”

Nelly Furtado with Timbaland | 2006

This club-oriented single featuring Timbaland, who produced Nelly Furtado's third album, Loose, was Furtado’s sexy return after the Canadian singer's exploration of her Portuguese heritage on Folklore. "In the studio, initially I didn’t know if I could do it, 'cause Timbaland wrote that chorus," Furtado said. "I'm like, 'That's cool, but I don't know if I'm ready to do full-out club.'" The flirty lyrics are a dance between a guy and girl, each knowing they will end up in bed together but still playing the game. "Tim and I called it 'The BlackBerry Song,' she said, "because everything we say in the song you could text-message to somebody."

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