26. MoKenStef "He's Mine (Remix)" (1995)
Producer: Big Ham
Patrice Rushen's "Remind Me" has been used numerous times throughout hip-hop history, from Intelligent Hoodlum's indelible "Grand Groove (Part II)" to Brotha Lynch Hung's "Walkin To My Funeral." But what are the odds that producer Big Ham, when tasked with remixing Los Angeles R&B trio MoKenStef's no. seven Billboard hit "He's Mine" with Grand Puba, wasn't inspired by Tweedy Bird Loc?
OK, so the song wasn't a major smash. But "My Dicc Is Still Prejudiced," hip-hop's most notorious bromide against white women, came out only one year previous. Tweedy Bird Loc was also an artist from Los Angeles. And it flipped the same sample in a very similar manner. Loc's track was never going to get this much exposure—assuming 20/20 didn't get involved—so why not? The result: a breezy hip-hop-inflected summer jam. No telling, though, why Ham elected to sample Slick Rick's vocals, rather than Tweedy Bird Loc's inarguable "I deserve a motherfuckin' Grammy." —David Drake
Inspiration: Tweedy Bird Loc "My Dicc Is Still Prejudiced" (1994)