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Song Stories

“Hustlin'”

Rick Ross | 2006

Rick Ross' breakout single "Hustlin" off his debut had all the trappings of a hip-hop hit. "Hustlin'" features Ross doing what he does best: rapping about coke and money. Ross shouts out a number of popular cocaine cowboys in the song, from Manuel Noriega and Pablo Escobar to known Dade County drug kingpin Kenneth "Boobie" Williams. The newly signed Def Jam artist received the ultimate co-sign when Jay-Z and Atlanta trap star Young Jeezy hopped on the remix. "I'm bridging the gap between the South and the East Coast," Ross said. "The sound is real dirty south. But I'm spittin' hard to where the East Coast appreciates it."

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“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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