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“Untitled (How Does It Feel)”

D'Angelo | 2000
R’n’b singer D’Angelo’s sophomore album, Voodoo, was a collaborative effort with the Soulquarians, a production collective including The Roots’ drummer ?uestlove. The single “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” was notable for its risqué video, which featured a nude, muscular D’Angelo shot from just above the waist. ?uestlove recalled how D’Angelo got into shape during the recording of the album. “One of the marvels of life was how this ma-fucker could eat all these eggs and twelve pounds of turkey bacon and be fit for ‘Untitled,’” he told Rolling Stone. “Money was definitely overweight by '96, so they got him a drill sergeant. This guy didn't take no shit.”
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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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