17. Tamia “So Into You” (1998)
Producer: Tim & Bob
Most know that Tamia’s “So Into You,” originally released on her LP Tamia, was repurposed a few years later by Fabolous for his album Street Dreams and her LP More. (Fab also released a single version with Ashanti singing Tamia’s part). Producers Tim and Bob—who later went on to produce Bobby Valentino’s biggest songs—very well may have been inspired by a little-remembered act from East Orange, New Jersey, who looped the Commodore’s “Say Yeah” in pretty much exactly the same way just a few years prior.
The Rottin Razkals, whose membership included the younger brother of Naughty By Nature’s Treach, released one album on Motown. “Oh Yeah” was their biggest single, peaking at no. 14 on the Hot Rap Singles chart in 1995. It even had a video. —David Drake
Inspiration: Rottin Razkals “Oh Yeah” (1995)
Producer: Naughty by Nature