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11 Important Unanswered Questions From Early 2000s Hip Hop

♫ What's love got to do with it, babe? ♫

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1. What Da Hook Gon Be?

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From "What Da Hook Gon Be?" by Murphy Lee Ft. Jermaine Dupri (2003)

Murphy Lee may say he "don't need no fucking hook" on this beat, BUT isn't that the hook itself? Is it because the song goes straight into the verse that it's not considered a hook? You've got a lot of explaining to do, Murph.

2. Suga suga, how you get so fly?

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From "Suga Suga" by Baby Bash Ft. Frankie J (2003)

Is it the contouring? The blow out? The acrylics? The lip kit? A general attitude of confidence and self-love? Please tell me, because whatever I’m doing now isn’t cutting it.

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3. Where the party at? Girls is on their way, where the Bacardi at?

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From "Where Da Party At?" by Jagged Edge Ft. Nelly (2001)

WHERE IS IT AT? I feel like I’ve never stopped looking. I have found copious amounts of Bacardi, though.

4. What's love got to do with it?

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From "What’s Luv" by Fat Joe Ft. Ashanti (2001)

It’s about us, it’s about trust, babe. I struggle with this question every day/have written it in my journal as a 24-year-old woman, babe.

5. Can I smell yo dick?

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From "Smell Yo Dick" by Riskay (2007)

First of all, this song is iconic. It's for everyone who knows their man is cheating. Riskay really had the bravery to ask the question we all should've asked. Remember that next time he comes home at five in the morn.

6. Why were you creeping around late last night? Why did I see two shadows moving in your bedroom light?

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From "Fill Me In" by Craig David (2000)

Relive that moment when you snuck into bae's house and their parents came home early. The entire chorus is an interrogation.

7. What would you do if your son was at home, crying all alone on the bedroom floor cuz he’s hungry?

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From "What Would You Do?" by City High (2001)

By far the most serious question on this list. City High made us think about what it takes to get through life as a single mother. You may feel like this question was answered at the end with, "get up on my feet, stop making tired excuses," but when looked at through the socioeconomic lens of America today, that might not be enough. "If my mother could do it, baby you could do it," is cool to say, but doesn't exactly account for inflation, gentrification, the rising cost of child care and education, social/racial injustice, and broken jail and welfare systems.

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8. The entirety of "21 Questions"

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"21 Questions" by 50 Cent (2003)

Just the sheer volume, y'all. Lord, help this man find answers.

9. Where would I be without you?

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From "Put It On Me" by Ja Rule Ft. Lil’ Mo and Vita (2000)

Did baby girl ever put it on him? Also wins the category of Most Angelic Stuttering for "Y-y-y-y-y-you you"

10. What you wanna do? What you tryna do?

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"Nothin’" by N.O.R.E. Ft. Pharell (2002)

You may think that the answer to this is a whispered "nothin’" but I really feel like that was Pharell's answer to his own question and not homeboy's actual answer. This kind of antagonistic questioning could have resulted in a confrontation after the song finished, but we'll never know.

And last, but not least:

11. What it is hoe, what’s up? Can a ***** get in them guts? Cut you up like you ain’t been cut?

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From "Some Cut" by Trillville Ft. Cutty (2004)

I was 12 when this song came out and should NOT have been listening to it in any way, shape, or form. But I did. And I’ve been searching for the answer ever since.

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