The Pack "Vans" (2006)
Label: Up All Night/Jive
Producer: Too $hort (exec.), Young L
Birthdate: Lil B - Aug. 17, 1989, Stunnaman - Sept. 30, 1987, Lil Uno - July 19, 1990, Young L - Unknown
Age: Lil B - 17, Stunnaman - 19, Lil Uno - 16, Young L - unknown
In the days before The Based God's sneakers became full-on holy relics, Lil B and his fellow members of The Pack—Young L, Lil Uno and Stunnaman—were just really big fans of Vans. Swearing off the relatively expensive name brands like Nike, the group's ode to skate shoes caught the ears of Too $hort, who signed them and oversaw the single's wider release. With a minimalist Bay Area beat from Young L and the synthetic, repetitive hook of "got my Vans on but they look like sneakers," the song was a sleeper hit that hinted at the offbeat brilliance yet to come from the group's individual members.