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“You Know You're Right”

Nirvana | 2002

It's been well documented that the last few months of Kurt Cobain's life were turbulent, due to a variety of reasons - drug addiction, unhappiness with his band, marital troubles, etc. But he still managed to record one last song with Nirvana on January 30, 1994 (a little more than two months before his suicide) - "You Know You're Right." As studio owner Robert Lang recalled in Rolling Stone, "He was fixing some of the lyrics at the last minute, and he still didn't have a title." After two run throughs, Nirvana recorded their last-ever tune. "Kurt had the riff, and he brought it in and we put it down," added bassist Krist Novoselic. "We Nirvana-ized it."

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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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