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Chapter 181: Hypnotize

Pop rap & hip-hop flavored pop

When LL Cool J, on “I Need Love,” claims he “loves you more than a man who’s 10 feet tall”...does he think taller people are more capable of love? Or does he *really* love tall men? The odd (and possibly heightist) detail is typical of this foundational rap ballad, which fascinates because it never quite convinces. The truth-telling mission of rap and the artifice of pop pull in opposite directions, which makes these pop-rap hybrids all the more striking; the combination can be as powerful as “Juicy” or as fantastically silly as “Unbelievable.”
1. Suzanne Vega

Tom's Diner (DNA Remix)

2. Notorious B.I.G.


3. Neneh Cherry

Buffalo Stance

4. Craig Mack

Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)

5. Chumbawumba


6. LL Cool J

I Need Love

7. Terence Trent D'Arby

Wishing Well

8. Sir Mix-a-Lot

Baby Got Back

9. EMF


10. Notorious B.I.G.