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Jams We Love: 7x7's Weekly Playlist

Jams We Love: 7x7's Weekly Playlist

Jagged Edge

For our column Jams We Love, we're turning you onto the songs that keep us going every day. Just for kicks, here's a playlist featuring Y2K-era (1999-2000) club bangers. Classic stuff.

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1. Jagged Edge, "Let's Get Married"

You were likely in middle or high school when this freaktastic song reigned airwaves and school dances alike. It ingeniously melds old-fashioned, traditional ideals about tying the not with a deeply raunchy club beats. Just the thing to confuse kids with raging hormones, right?

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2. B.G. featuring Big Tymers and Hot Boyz, "Bling Bling"

We sometimes forget that Weezy was blazing trails back when he was just a teenager. He and the NOLA group Hot Boyz helped catapult the word "bling" into the mainstream with this song's insanely indulgent (and now throwback-seeming) themes of unbridled indulgence, when that kind of thing was still cool to rap about.

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3. Mystikal, "Shake Ya Ass"

Mystikal's crazy eyes make the video, and his unhinged flow make the song.

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4. Juvenile, "Back That Thing Up"

Another stone cold Cash Money classic. And another indispensable Weezy phrase, "drop it like it's hot." If I were Juvenile, I'd be able to die happy knowing that this was my one big hit.

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5. DMX, "What's My Name"

Few rappers have ever sounded as utterly rabid as DMX did back in the day. The first few times I heard this song, I was convinced he was part human, part pit bull, thanks to that infamous bark. Here, he gives us really no choice but to shut up and pay attention.