Apart from women, another relevant factor in a music video is the kind of ‘whip’ sampled. Music and cars just go together, and time have been generous to cars and music lovers combined with rolling hits featuring cool ‘beasts on wheels’. Since the conception of rock ‘n’ roll, cars have influenced some of the greatest songs ever written, and played vital roles in some of the coolest videos. We are talking about Bo Diddley, Buddy Holly, Beach Boys, Kraftwerk and Robert Johnson onto Hp Hop. For over 100 years, cars have served as primary visual tool of art and entertainment – especially in music videos.
Cars being called a whips is burned way back into history, to when steering wheels were first introduced to vehicles as a locomotive control. It was called ‘whip’ as were the whips used to control horses on a stagecoach, hence the analogy. In more modern times, hip-hop artists notice that the Mercedes Benz logo looked like a steering wheel which as mentioned was called whip, so by association, Mercedes Benz and later any other fancy car was called a whip. Not just any good-looking car is a whip, we are talking bad-ass muscle vintage cars with massive horse powers, big bling alloy wheels, plush interiors and overall attractive body paint jobs.
In the Nigerian music video scene, Benz and maybe Range Rovers have been overly cliché. There are other good music videos featuring distinctive rides, but not to be compared with the number of times Benz have been used to leave skid marks on our rolling eyes. It is not implied, that it is not a good enough whip, matter of fact, these Benzes are state-of-the-art, and suitable for the era in which the scene is shot, but for the alté scene in Nigeria, not only would it be lit to thrill audience with distinctive taste in vehicular choices and culture, it would be phenomenal to have the good mix old of muscle, beauty and beast on wheels.
Relax and check out some of the coolest car-centric music videos ever made.
Prince – Sexy MF (1993)
Car: BMW 8 series
Prince, referred to as Minneapolis favourite son was musically and stylistically ahead of his time, so was his BMW 8 series, so it is fitting that the genius kicks off the video to one of his greatest songs stepping up with a bright yellow, custom built, wedge-shaped 850i E31 which features front and center throughout the video.
Apparently, it seemed he loved the whip so much, his bedroom was themed to match the paintwork. You can imagine him walking into his local Wickes and asking for a pot of paint to “match his Beamer parked outside”.
Gorillaz – Stylo (2010)
Cars: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, 1968 Chevrolet El Camino
Multimedia conceptual popstars, Gorillaz, channeled their automotive muse in a Mad Max-inspired video for the 2010’s hit Stylo.
Featured in the video are band members, Murdoc, 2D, and Cyborg Noodie speeding along in a pummeled out, bullet-ridden 1964 Chevy Camaro hot on heels is Bruce Willis – of all people in a 1968 Chevrolet El Camino. Just in case you are wondering what tf ‘El Camino’ even means, it is a Spanish translation of ‘the way’. The beauty of this music video is how the vehicle maintains sturdy road worthiness after being battered from the onset in what looked like a shootout.
Jay-Z – Show Me What You Got (2006)
Cars: Pagani Zonda Roadster, Ferrari F430 spider
With the caliber of automobiles featured, you need no telling that this is a big budget hip hop music video, and as king of rap, Jay would have it no other way. An ‘ultra-rare’ Pagani Zonda roadster racing a Ferrari F430 spider on the center stage, using Monte Carlo as a backdrop. That is not all the automotive bang you can get for a buck.
The Zonga is driven by Denica Patrick, who at the time had no slouch in an IndyCar, and NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt acting as Jay’s chauffeur in the Ferrari, proving to the world that US oval racers can turn right after all.
M.I.A. – Bad Girls (2012)
Cars; Alfo Romeo 196, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes Benz E class, Peugeot 404 Break
You don’t always need the high-end whips to make a statement in a car-centric music video, sometimes, the slightly understated could equally be mind-blowing as stressed by this music video.
In solidarity with the Saudi-based Organization Women to Drive movement, in which in which modern motoring machinery like the Alpha Romeo156, a BMW 3 series and a rather robust Mercedes Benz E class doing some awesome stunts ranging from drifting to two wheeled driving to handbrake turns.
Every stunt employed is slick, bold and thrilling, a step away from the regular macho music videos, and the cameos in a 1965 Peugeot 404 is a break for good measure, that, you don’t get every day.
Coming home to our Nigerian music acts, some artists are already living up to the car-centric music video acts and snatching niches for themselves. Some of these artists includes, but not restricted to;
Falz – Bop Daddy:
Car: Cadillac Eldorado 1952
Stylish man, Falz, and his flattering taste for really nice whips went all the way out for his winged pink beau with customized plate numbers which he drove in the music video vocalizing alongside his women. It is quite interesting that the car is named after the song itself “Bop Daddy”.
Wande Coal, DJ Tunez – Iskaba
Car: Mercedes ponton 180 D convertible (1953), Volks wagon Beetle (1938), Cadillac 1952.
There are others like Davido in FIA, Burna Boy in Pull up, etc. There are a plethora of car-centric music videos, but we are on the lookout for car-centric alté artists to grace our screen with their phenomenal music and an equally intriguing music video featuring whips that are not cliché, yet, have us at the edges. There may be some produced already, but there is room for more badass vehicle features for the viewing pleasure of retro, muscle car lovers.