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Song Stories

“Jump”

Kris Kross | 1992

With gangsta rap dominating the hip-hop charts, some found two kids urging listeners to "shake their rump" while wearing their pants backward innocently refreshing. The song was written by Jermaine Dupri, a 19-year-old who discovered the duo at an Atlanta mall. Featuring catch phrases like "wiggity wiggity wiggity wack," the song shot ahead of singles by Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson and Garth Brooks, making stars of the 12- and 13-year-old rappers. "It just came to us so quick," said the younger one, Chris Smith, also known as Daddy Mack.

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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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