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“Me Myself and I”

De La Soul | 1988

Hip-hop band De La Soul included "Me Myself and I" on their debut album, but the song almost didn’t make it on the project. "That was the second to last song recorded for that album," band member Posdnus told Rolling Stone. "[Our label] Tommy Boy was loving how the album was going, but they felt like we needed an introduction song. That was the first time on this album where it was brought to our attention that we may need to make sure we have something that isn't so over someone's head." The song was also used for an episode of the HBO series, "Entourage."

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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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