What are hip-hop cars?


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Some of the most popular cars in hip-hop include any Mercedes Benz model, the Cadillac Escalade and the Chevrolet Impala. These cars all ranked at the top of the list in a 2015 Cuepoint study of the most-referenced cars in hip-hop lyrics. Other popular hip-hop cars include the Chevrolet Corvette and the Bugatti Veryon.

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The study analyzed lyrics from songs on the website Rap Genius, cataloging car mentions in all tracks from 1995 and onward. Mercedes Benz was the winner by a considerable margin, with more than 4,500 references to the brand found throughout all the lyrics analyzed. In particular, the Mercedes Benz SL appeared in 95 unique songs. However, most hip-hop artists mention the brand in a general sense, not referring to specific models.

The most popular car model in the study was the Chevrolet Impala, appearing in 971 different songs. The 1964 model in particular is a popular choice for rappers to mention. Cadillac’s Escalade also ranked highly in the study, with references appearing in 327 distinct songs. The Bugatti Veryon was a close third, with 323 distinct songs referencing the luxury vehicle, which is the only car Bugatti manufactures.

Some analysts noted that the study is not reflective of all hip-hop history, since it only analyzes lyrics from 1995 and after. Among modern rappers, Gucci Mane, The Game and Rick Ross boast the most car references throughout their lyrics.

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