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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52. Juvenile, "Ha"

The rawest of the raw. "Ha" came as a shock in the bling-intensive hit parade of 1998, with Juvenile reporting live from New Orleans' Magnolia Housing Projects. It established the local Cash Money label as a national presence. Over that stark Mannie Fresh production, Juvenile hit a nerve from coast to coast with his uncut Southern street flow, punctuating each line with a "ha" as he shades a small-time paper chaser: "You don't go in the projects when it's dark/You claim you a thug and you ain't got no heart."

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