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“Sucker MCs”

Run-D.M.C. | 1983

Run-DMC kicked off their career (and a new era of hip-hop) with a cassette that featured "Sucker MCs" on one side and "It's Like That" on the other. A young Russell Simmons produced the track – alongside the underrated, but legendary Larry Smith, who's known for his work with Run-DMC and Whodini, and shouted out a few times in Run's verse. The song's track was pulled from Orange Krush's "Action," which was also produced by Smith and Simmons. "…When Run-D.M.C. got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame … I wanted to take that platform to mention Larry. Because there would be no hip-hop as we know it today if it wasn't for Larry Smith."

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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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