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“Shutterbugg”

Big Boi feat. Cutty | 2010

"Shutterbugg" marked OutKast member Big Boi's first solo work, seven years after the chart-topping double-disc album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. The bubbling electro beat features a low-end, voice-like bassline, and singer-rapper Cutty buttresses Big Boi's nimble rapping on the chorus. The concept is "capturing the moment," according to Big Boi, "whether it be your kid's first steps or you got a Polaroid and you with your lady somewhere...It's a funky, get-down, slap-your-sister-in-the-mouth jam."

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“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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