21 Forgotten ’90s Hip-Hop One-Hit Wonders

How many of these jams do you remember singing along to?

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1. Ahmad, "Back in the Day"

Released in 1994, the song was the first single off Ahmad’s debut album, Ahmad. The song peaked at No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 19 on the R&B charts.

After the huge success of the song, Ahmad took a break from music — eventually graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Sociology.

3. Father MC, "I'll Do 4 U"

"I'll Do 4 U" was the second single from Father MC's 1990 debut album Father's Day. The song peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Hot Rap Singles.

The song also features a young Mary J. Blige (then unknown) providing background vocals.

4. Positive K, "I Got a Man"

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7. Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz, "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)"

8. L.V. feat. Treach, "Throw Your Hands Up"

L.V. followed up the huge success of Coolio’s “Gangsta's Paradise” (a song he was featured on) with his 1996 solo debut single, "Throw Your Hands Up." The song peaked at No. 32 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

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9. Mista Grimm, “Indo Smoke”

10. Craig Mack, feat. The Notorious B.I.G., Rampage, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, and Puff Daddy, "Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)" (1994)

11. Canibus, "Second Round KO"

Canibus absolutely destroyed LL Cool J in this classic 1998 diss track.

While the single was both a critical and commercial success — with the song peaking at No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 — Canibus was unable to duplicate the success again.

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12. Real Live feat. Ghostface Killah, Lord Tariq, Killa Sin, and Cappadonna, "Real Live Shit (Remix)"

"Real Live Shit (Remix)" was the only single released off Real Live's debut (and only) album, The Turnaround: A Long Awaited Drama.

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13. N2Deep, "Back to the Hotel"

14. K.P. & Envyi, “Swing My Way”

15. Souls of Michief, "93 'til Infinity"

16. The WhoRidas, "Shot Callin' & Big Ballin'"

The Oakland duo independently sold a whopping 15,000 copies of "Shot Callin' & Big Ballin'" out of the back of their car; they eventually signed to Delicious Vinyl and released the single nationally in 1996.

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18. MC Breed and DFC, "Ain't No Future in Yo Frontin'"

The first single off MC Breed and DFC’s 1991 self-titled debut album peaked at No. 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 12 on the Hot Rap Singles.

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19. Candyman, "Knockin' Boots"

20. B-Rock & The Bizz, "My Baby Daddy"

21. Skee-Lo, "I Wish"