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Song Stories

“Enter the Ninja”

Die Antwoord | 2010

When the video for "Enter the Ninja" hit the web, the world blinked. The song featured a glowering tattooed MC named Ninja and a tiny angry-eyed blonde name Yo-Landi Vi$$er laying down dance-rap beats in English and Afrikaans while a tiny man afflicted with progeria danced. The self-proclaimed "zef" or white trash band from South Africa was unlike anything else on earth. When asked about their unique sound and look, Ninja explained, "We are the underdog. We are the underbelly. No one had ever presented that. It was something people were shy or scared of—they swept it under the carpet. We made it our thing."

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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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