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.
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.