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“Grip Like a Vice”

The Go! Team | 2007

Lead "cheerleader" Ian Parton created this pastiche using vocal samples from a 1985 documentary, found sounds and live drums. "Most Go! Team songs are about four or five different ideas stapled together, normally from widely divergent sources," Parton explained. "On this song, I was really interested in how super-cheeky kind of electro early-Eighties kind of rock-party song could be welded onto something with a more kind of dark, garage-y, Sonic Youth-y kind of feel, as well." He also experimented with "sassy Eighties lady rapping rubbing shoulders with discordant warped guitars," which was "uncharted territory" for him.

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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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