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“Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang”

Dr. Dre | 1992

Against a sample of the bass line of Leon Haywood's "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You," this 1992 smash united the rival SoCal cities Long Beach and Compton and, in the process, cemented Dre's status as a major player in music -- and also made Snoop Dogg a household name. The song's impact on pop culture was so massive that it spawned an academic tome of the same name and inspired a Glee spoof on Funny or Die 20 years after its release. "The mastermind on his working methods: 'I sit around by myself in the studio at home, push buttons and see what happens,'" Rolling Stone reported Dre as saying in naming the track one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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“Bizness”

Tune-Yards | 2011

The opening track to Merrill Garbus’ second album under the Tune-Yards banner (she also plays in the trio Sister Suvi), “Bizness” is a song about relationships that is as colorful as the face paint favored by Garbus both live and in her videos. Disjointed funk bass, skittering African beats, diced-and-sliced horns and Garbus’ dynamic voice, which ranges from playful coos to throat-shredding howls, make “Bizness” reminiscent of another creative medium. “I'd like for them not to be songs as much as quilts or collages or something,” Garbus said.

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