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“Mistadobalina”

Del the Funky Homosapien | 1991

While gangsta rap was dominating hip-hop in the early Nineties, Del -- a cousin of Ice Cube -- found inspiration from quirkier sources, like Sixties bubblegum pop groups. A big fan of the Monkees' TV show, he wrote this song in response to a mostly spoken-word bit by the group titled "Zilch," which began with Peter Tork repeating the name "Mr. Bob Dobalina." "I just kind of conceptualized who Mr. Dobalina would be," Del said, "which is basically somebody who thinks he know what hip, he think he cool, but he's really right off. Like he ain't right on -- he right off."

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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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