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“What I Got”

Sublime | 1996

For Sublime's breakthrough ska-pop hit, "What I Got," the group utilized several well-placed samples to add some pizzazz to the tune, including bits from the song "Life Is...Too Short" by rapper Too Short, and a sample from Richard Pryor (off his album, That Nigger's Crazy). The result was a tune that drummer Bud Gaugh told the Spinner website was one of his favorite all-time Sublime tracks. "I would have to say three quintessential songs, '40oz. to Freedom,' 'What I Got' and 'Seed.' The reason why I chose those songs is because 'What I Got' is a perfect example of sampling other people's music and making it your own."

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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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