Album: Mr. Smith

Built around a sample of Grace Jones’ “My Jamaican Guy,” LL Cool J’s raunchy single “Doin’ It” was a big Billboard success at the top of the year. Cool J recruited Brooklyn rapper LeShaun, and the pair traded bars about their sexual desire for each other over a famous echo of “Go Brooklyn!” Although she rapped in the song, the pregnant LeShaun was replaced by a model in the video, who lip-synced her part. Interestingly, in a bit of intra-city rivalry, the beat was actually meant for the Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death (hence the “Go Brooklyn” chant despite LL being from Queens), but LL swiped it out from under him, reportedly infuriating Puff Daddy at the time. LL Cool J cracked the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10 with his over-sexed Mr. Smith single, the success of which helped his sixth album to go double platinum. —Chris Mench