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“International Love”

Pitbull feat. Chris Brown | 2011

This Chris Brown-assisted single off Pitbull's sixth album, Planet Pit, finds the Miami MC singing in both English and Spanish about the globe's hottest spots. The scale of hotness is determined by that destination's damsels: Ladies are bombshells in Lebanon, down for threesomes in Romania, and boast "freaky big ol' boot[ies]" in Brazil. "It's all about the music being global, music being the universal language," Pitbull said. "No matter what language you may or may not speak, you speak music."

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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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