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“The Freed Pig”

Sebadoh | 1991

Not long after being unceremoniously kicked out of Dinosaur (later Dinosaur Jr.), Lou Barlow decided to fully channel his creative energy into his lo-fi project Sebadoh. "The Freed Pig" opens Sebadoh's 1991 album, III, and finds Barlow opening up about his relationship with Dinosaur's J. Mascis with lines like, "You were right, I was battling you, trying to prove myself." "I carried that grudge for a long time and resorted to small-minded revenge tactics," said Barlow. "I sued J, wrote songs about him, s--t-talked him any opportunity I got." The two eventually reconciled, re-forming Dinosaur Jr. in 2005 and going on to release several albums of new material.

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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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