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“Rump Shaker”

Wreckx-N-Effect | 1992

Wreckx-N-Effect are best known for this paean to the posterior, which features the classic refrain "All I want to do/Is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom in a boom-boom." Rumors have floated around that a young, pre-Neptunes Pharrell Williams actually produced the song, but actual producer Ty Fyffe laid that to rest. "Me and [Teddy Riley] are the only producers that did that song," he explained. "A lot of people got credit ... shouts out to Pharrell; he was down with the camp back in the day. But he really didn't produce 'Rumpshaker.' No disrespect; Pharrell's a genius ... But he only wrote Ted's rap."

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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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