Music and cars go together like pancakes and syrup. That’s because cars are one of the first new toys that celebrities purchase when they get a record deal. Cars can say a lot about you. If you roll around in an Escalade (like most rappers claim to have done at one point of their career), you give off the big, tough boss vibe. If you woke up in a new Bugatti (like Rick Ross), you’re likely living the fast life (pun intended).
In this edition of the Executive Auto Salon blog, we will explore a half-dozen of the most referenced cars in rap songs since 1995. [Thanks to RapGenius, medium/CuePoint, and NextShark for assisting with the study and bringing it to my attention.]
Here we go:
1 – Mercedes Benz – This car is the most references make since ‘95. From flashy sports cars to luxury sedans and SUVs, the brand’s versatility makes it a prime reason it’s appeared in Hip Hop songs for 30+ years. When a musician is first starting out, the Benz is a lofty goal, but once somebody gets famous (and gets paid) they often upgrade to a nicer and newer model. Mercedes’ longevity and branding have led it to be the most prominent song in rap music, and it is likely to stay in the top five for decades to come.
2 – Cadillac – If I had a nickel for every time I heard a Cadillac reference in music, I’d have almost enough money to buy myself one. From the classic Eldorado in the 60’s and the (coupe) Deville of the 70’s to the Escalades of the 2000’s, there are plenty of reasons that people like to boast about owning one of these American specimen (Cadillacs are under the General Motors umbrella.)
3 – Chevrolet – “Rollin’ down the street in my 6-4” is a popular rap lyric that references the 1964 Chevy Impala [R.I.P. Eazy-E.] The Impala and Corvette are two of the most commonly mentioned models mentioned in Hip Hop music history.
4 – Bentley – While many rappers and singers talk about owning these, it’s just not logistically possible that everyone truly does. The Bentley is the definition of a status symbol, with the lower models starting at just under $200,000.
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