Redline For Line
Classy, Crunk and Crazy Car Bars
Furious 7 has every car-loving, lyricist lusting music and machine head ready for the film’s release next month. To keep those of you who are included in this mass of carstruction patient, we’ve crafted a list of vehicle mentions in verses from the hottest artists to spit from the car pit. Check the lines and rhymes of those gear heads that frequently switch lanes screaming money ain’t a thang! –David Lugo
“I put Lamborghini doors on that Escalade/low pro so low, look like I’m ridin’ on blades.”
First off, Lambo doors on an Escalade is straight up silly; however, what ultimately propelled this choice is the fluid way 50 Cent came onto the infectious Dr. Dre produced beat as Game finished off his first verse. Game’s debut album The Documentary dropped in January 2005, this was a huge single from that project. Too bad they 50 and Game aren’t on speaking terms to perform this 10 years later.
“Killin’ ya’ll niggas on that lyrical shit/Mayonnaise colored Benz, I push Miracle Whips.”
Wordplay at it’s finest. Mr. West, the most criticized artist, err…human being in the world today, ended his 2003 debut album The College Dropout with a nearly 13 minute outro. “Last Call”, describes the journey to his then newfound stardom. In the words of Soulja Boy, who for the first time in life will now be mentioned in the same sentence as Yeezus, “Damn, Kanye! Stunt on them haters!”
“I’m in the Aston doin’ doughnuts/I will kill the game and never send it my condolence.”
Talk about classic. Looking back on it now, and watching a young faced Drizzy spit off his Blackberry (talk about nostalgia) in 2009, while Flex talks his talk, you can’t help but laugh. Today, Drake is a global superstar, runnin’ through the 6 with his woes and Flex is still dropping bombs. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
“I’m in that purple Lam, lookin’ like some dirty Sprite/catchin’ passes, whippin’ birds, yeah, that Roddy White.”
Over the banging Lil Lody beat, Jeezy and Freddie Gibbs get gutter with the guns and butter. With sports playing such an influential role in hip-hop, and the infatuation with witty wordplay from gangsta types, this line hits home. Look it up if you don’t get it right away.
“From the hoopty coupe to that ghost, dog/pigeons on the roof like Ghost, dog.”
While everyone was caught up in the hype of Drake possibly addressing his Common beef on the track, French’s first words took center stage. Was he saying “fanute the coupe,” or “from the hoopty coupe?” The world may have never had known, until French cleared it up. Either way, “fanute” was the word of 2012, appearing everywhere, including t-shirts produced by Fool’s Gold. HAAAAAAN!
“Big black ni##a, in a icy watch/shoes on the coupe, bitch, I got a Nike shop/
Count the profits, you could bring ‘em in a Nike box/grindin’ in my Jordans, kick ‘em off they might be hot… Swish!/I’m swimmin’ in a yellow b*#$h, in a red 911 lookin’ devilish.”
Nothing else to say other than: BARS. Ross murdered this beat, which respectfully draws comparison to his track, “I’m Not A Star.” Despite this being Wayne’s track, Rozay’s flow on this put Weezy F. in a body bag, and zipped him up (in the words of Tu Holloway).
“In the Maybach Benz, flyer than Sanaa Lathan/Bumping ‘Brown Sugar’ by D’Angelo,
In Los Angeles, like an evangelist.”
Maybach: the ultimate symbol of luxury. Bet you didn’t know that Sanaa Lathan played “Syd” in the classic black love film Brown Sugar. That’s all you need to know. The GOAT.
“430 Lex with convertible top/and the rims keeps spinning every time I stop/Got a Superman Benz that I scored from Shaq/With a old school Caddy with a diamond in the back.”
Even as Birdman was known more as Baby back then, it was all about Mannie Fresh on “Still Fly”. Mannie also produced this classic gem and closed the track out with some Fresh rhymes of his own. It would be great to see the fellas get back together and get it how they live now.
“On the bearskin rug, no shoes or socks/so on three, you and the coupe gotta lose your tops/See I’m addicted to the paper I been gettin’ for years/and my whip is all white, I call it Britney Spears.”
It was only right to include Luda on this list, being that he’s directly affiliated with the Furious franchise. Many may not remember this song, but he definitely rocked. Also, there were 983,739 potential choices in which rappers compared their “all white whips” to white women of beauty and/or higher power. Mr. Bridges was the 983,740th. Oops… he did it again.
“I drive the Phantom off the lawn, my neighbors think I’m LeBron/
Diamonds in my charm, white b*#$hes on my arm.”
Beat wise Lil Lody strikes again. This is a vintage Juicy J bar, one that projects his personality and wittiness like none other. People really slept on this track when it first dropped. Now, it’s on everyone’s “Turn Up” playlist. Go figure. Super motherfuckin’ trippy!
Photo Credit: Kanye West & Jay Z’s “Otis” Music Video