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“Stylo”

Gorillaz feat. Mos Def and Bobby Womack | 2010

Cartooned bandmate Murdoc described it as being, "An electro-ish 'crack funk' sound, with a little bit of politics and a lot of soul going down," courtesy of soul legend Bobby Womack, who took advantage of the Gorillaz offer to record his first verses in 20 years. Despite the fun nature of the beats, the lyrics commented on a grave situation. "With "Stylo," I wanted the music to feel euphoric, whilst still putting across how precarious our tightly packed situation is now worldwide -- where we're at as a species on this overpopulated planet," Murdoc said.

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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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