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Rob Thomas' Unusual Journey: Unapologetic Pop Star Opens Up

July 22, 2009 5:04 PM ET

There are lots of things you likely don't know about Matchbox Twenty and solo singer Rob Thomas — that he survived a violent redneck childhood, that his weed-dealer grandmother hired a serial killer to off an ex-boyfriend, that he thinks Third Eyed Blind's Stephan Jenkins is "really just a cock." As Thomas releases new solo LP Cradlesong, Erik Hedegaard gets one music's bona fide pop stars to peel back his mellow nice-guy exterior and go beyond "being one-dimensional," as Thomas puts it, in a revealing profile in the new issue of Rolling Stone.

Grab the issue for the full story, and take a look back how far Thomas has come — his career, in photos:
Rob Thomas' Journey: From Matchbox Twenty Frontman to Chart-Topping Solo Artist

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“Vans”

The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

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