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10. INOJ "Love You Down" (1997)

Album: So So Def Bass All Stars Vol. 2
Producer: Charles "The Mixologist" Roane

Female singer INOJ's bass version of 1986 hit "Love You Down" gave the '80s slow jam a a feminine flavor and a propulsive engine. Originally written by Ready for the World's Melvin Riley, Jr., INOJ's version added production from Charles Roane. It didn't make it quite as high as the original (which peaked at No. 9) but still managed to hit the Hot 100, coming in at No. 88 on the year-end chart for 1998. The song's central contradiction, between the intimacy of INOJ's performance and the extroverted energy of the beat, was a powerful cocktail.

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