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“Ridin'”

Chamillionaire | 2005

Chamillionaire's tour bus — featuring a large picture of his face on the side — was driving through Oklahoma when police pulled the driver over, then searched the bus using narcotics dogs. "They tore the bus apart," said Chamillionaire, noting that they found nothing. Although no arrests were made, he was still angered by the stop, so he wrote this song about police trying to catch him "ridin' dirty." "Somebody had to speak on it," he said. "There are cops who be racially profiling." Chamillionaire says he was honored by "Weird Al" Yankovic's parody version, "White and Nerdy."

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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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