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Naughty by Nature | 1991

Naughty By Nature scored their first big hit in 1991 with "O.P.P.," a hip-hop anthem that sampled the Jackson 5 and coined a phrase that became ubiquitous in pop culture. While the meaning of the last "P" may be open to interpretation, the song title was inspired by a drug dealer that lead rapper Treach knew growing up. "He said he was down with 'O.P.M.' --other people’s money," he said. "I started playing around with that, like, 'You keep the money, I’ll take the girl.' It turned from a joke into slang."

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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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