The 98 Best Songs of 1998: Pop's Weirdest Year

In 1998, boundaries blew open and new genres were invented each week. We look back at the best, brightest and weirdest from a pivotal year in pop

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11. Big Pun feat. Joe, "Still Not A Player"

Uptown, baby. The late great Big Punisher drops a utopian celebration of hip-hop's cross-cultural diversity circa 1998 – hardcore and pop, reggae and quiet storm, Nuyorican and Dirty South, butter pecan and blackberry molasses. The South Bronx's biggest man teams up with Georgia-born R&B heart-throb crooner Joe to serenade "highly intelligent bachelorettes." The bittersweet piano hook and the "boricua, morena" sing-along chant have echoed on ever since. Big Pun's uptown ends up sounding a lot like Prince's – a place where it's all about being free.

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