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“One (Blake's Got a New Face)”

Vampire Weekend | 2008

Whenever a song is named after a person, listeners and critics alike want to know if it was based on somebody specific. Who was this supposed Blake with a brand new face? “Well, I had the melody long before the lyrics,” Ezra Koenig, Vampire Weekend’s lead singer, explained. “And we had all sorts of stupid stuff that we were considering. And then I met this friend of my girlfriend’s named Blake, someone she went to high school with, and it kind of just popped into my head after meeting him. So there is an actual person named Blake.”

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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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