Why you forgot about it: Because Mos Def's other creative ventures have kind of outshone his music. Why you forgot about it: Because Coo Coo Cal didn't really follow up this single with a bigger one. Why you forgot about it: Because " Freak-A-Leak " everybody. It's hard to top that.
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Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. Many hip-hop hits naturally fall out of memory; there are simply too many songs to fit into its canon. Teenage bops attached to dances tend to stick in the memory more than mean mugs and tough talk. A hot single succeeded by a weak-selling debut will kill momentum and possibly your career. Like any other genre, hip-hop is filled with songs so lost to time and record label rigamaroles that they only pop up in Remember When? While there are definitely more than 10 examples, these stick out because of the stark contrast between their past relevance and their current popularity. Then there are just some hits that, if talked about now, would immediately get laughed out of the paint on Twitter.