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“Fu-Gee-La”

Fugees | 1995

Although the other songs from The Score were produced by the Fugees and recorded in their home studio, this pre-release single was produced by Salaam Remi, who also came up with the song’s beat. At first Lauryn Hill wasn’t feeling it because she thought it sounded like Remi’s remix of the group’s "Vocab." Then, during a session for the soundtrack for the movie Clockers, Wyclef Jean had an epiphany. According to the producer, "He just jumped up at one point and shouted, 'We used to be Number 10, now we’re Permanent One!' That was the first line of the song."

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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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