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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97. Mase feat. Total, "What You Want"

Nobody was mad at Mase in 1998 – anyone know if he ever got to see his name on a blimp? The Harlem World MC represented Puff Daddy's Bad Boy empire all over the radio with his proto-mumble flow and tube socks. The R&B girl group Total makes "What You Want" a seductive duet, cooing their promises of infinite mutual satisfaction while Mase plays a surprisingly non-corny love man ("Total it all up and put it on my tab/And then tell your friends all the fun you had") over that Curtis Mayfield gutbucket guitar sample. Mase soon retired to become a preacher, but returned to rhyme with 50 Cent and Kanye.

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