23. EPMD "Jane II" (1989)
Better Than Original?: No
The "Jane" songs appeared on every EPMD album, and were stories about a troubled woman named Jane (with a "haircut like Anita Baker"). One gets the impression in listening to the song that there's some kind of inside joke going on; the first edition kicked off with Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith tag-teaming hot-potato lyrics back and forth putting Jane on blast for hooking up with Erick. The sequel finds Parrish narrating to Erick (who also kicks in words on Jane's behalf) about hooking up with a woman at the club who, it turns out, is Jane, not Cris (as she initially claims). The song ends with a promised continuation of the series-later editions would find the group framed for Jane's murder.