11. A Tribe Called Quest, "Buggin' Out"
Lyrics: "I sport New Balance sneakers to avoid a narrow path"
Artist: Phife Dawg
Track Title: "Buggin' Out"
New Balance kicks are known for their comfort, how they're made in wide sizes, and their propensity for causing spiritual/lyrical enlightenment. OK, that last part isn't entirely true, but it might as well be if the Five-Foot Assassin shouted them out in one if his best verses on The Low End Theory. Dawg does name drop Nike later in the song ("Once again a case of your feet in my Nikes"), but the New Balance reference stands out more because it sums up ATCQ's album in an abstract sense. The Low End Theory had this centralized sound, but it was somehow able to avoid that narrow path. Its influence is universal.