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“Let It Go”

Keyshia Cole | 2007

Co-written and produced by Missy Elliott, "Let It Go" was originally intended for the singer Fantasia, not Keyshia. But when Fantasia had to bump the song off her project, Keyshia was quick to snatch it up. "I tried to hurry up past it cause I felt Keyshia wouldn't want it," Elliott explained. "I really didn't know what kind of direction she wanted to go in. But as soon as the chords came on she was like, 'Wait-wait-wait stop! Stop!'" Elliott also raps on the track, along with Lil' Kim.

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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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