In the wake of Coldplay's piano-rock version, Natasha Khan turns Rihanna's R&B rave anthem into a slow-motion ballad, stripping it to little more than a funereal drumbeat and bass. Bleak, and beautiful.
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."