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“I and Love and You”

The Avett Brothers | 2009

“I and Love and You" is the title cut from the Avett Brothers' first album for Rick Rubin's American Recording label. The record, which was produced by Rubin, is credited with helping the rootsy folk-rock band gain a national following. Band co-founder and banjo player Scott Avett insists that the use of the hip-hop producer on the track was an easy transition. "Folk music is just like early hip-hop," Avett told Rolling Stone. "You're singing about where you're from, the hardships and the good times."

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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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