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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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“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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