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Song Stories

“Too Close”

Alex Clare | 2011

Clare sang, "You know I'm not one to break promises / I don't wanna hurt you but I need to breathe/ At the end of it all, you're still my best friend / but there's something inside that I need to release / And it feels like I am just too close to love you," indicating a possible troubled relationship. "It's about a friend I had of the opposite sex," Clare said. "It's no longer a friendship." Next to its personal lyrics, the song's bassline was "always important, not just as a layer underneath but contributing to the song," he said.

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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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