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“Devil in a New Dress”

Kanye West | 2010
Rick Ross may be a hip-hop superstar on par with Kanye West, but even he felt some pressure when he was asked to contribute a verse to “Devil in a New Dress,” a track from West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. "It was actually the last day before Kanye had to turn the record in,” recalled Ross, “and I think that pressure just made it that much more special to me. So I just sat there, approached the record openly and as straightforward as I could. When I laid the verse, 30 minutes later, I was extremely happy.”
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“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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