21. Corina "Summertime Summertime" (1997)
Album: So So Def Bass All Stars Vol. 2
Producer: Albert Cabrera
Corina has had an unusual career. A New York-based Latin freestyle singer, she released one album in 1991, self-titled. It spawned two singles, one of which ("Temptation") made it to No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the late '80s and early '90s, she had a series of solo dance hits.
But in 1996, Jonathan Smith—an Atlanta DJ who would go on to be known as Lil Jon—A&R'd a project called So So Def All Stars. One of the compilation's runaway hits was "My Boo," a song that combined slow jam R&B with Atlanta bass music. The following year, when it came time to release a sequel, the R&B/bass combo song count increased, and Corina was one of the beneficiaries.
The freestyle star recorded a cover of Nocera's 1986 freestyle hit "Summertime Summertime." Corina's version scraped into the Hot 100, peaking at No. 86, but it remains a highlight of this rare brand of propulsive, atmospheric R&B. Also, catch Lil Jon spinning on the ones and twos in the video.
In 1999, three years later, she starred as Frida Khalo in the film The Cradle Will Rock.