While rappers are known for showing off their bling and flaunting dollar bills wherever they go, regardless of if it's in their lavish homes or at a huge party or a hip-hop concert, most of them know how to properly spend that money on quality stuff. These celebrity musicians are prone to spending their money on luxury items, and they almost always have to display these things to the world, even when we don't necessarily want to know about them. For some of these guys, growing up wasn't so easy; some knew poverty of the worst kind or just mistreatment and abuse or even the lack of such opportunities to thrive and become rich, so when the windfall suddenly appeared, any and everything was bought—it's their money at the end of the day, so shush already!
Anyway, apart from the designer clothes and the expensive jewelry (including grills for their teeth and huge chains on their necks), there are the cars. Some buy really expensive machines like Lamborghinis, Bugattis, Ferraris, Mercedes-Benzes, and Porsches, while others... well, they decide to show us their humbleness and settle for the simple cars in life. However, whether it's a cheap or an expensive car, the quality and taste are what matters to us, which is why we had to show you the rappers who drive hot classics and those who just don't have taste for cars at all!
19 Good Taste: Snoop Dogg's 1967 Cadillac Deville
Snoop Dogg is somehow old school when it comes to his taste for cars. The rapper, who was at some point a Chrysler spokesman, owns some of the oldest car models, but the good thing is that they're so classic that whenever he parks it with the new cars, his 1967 Cadillac Deville aka Brown Sugar will always turn heads. This particular car, as Motor Authority says, is an improved version of the Cadillac Deville of 1965 that slowly evolved in style to have a better shape, which gives it more strength. Under the hood are a valve train and an engine fan, which provide for a smooth operation. The car surprisingly costs over $55,000—a price that's higher than those of some modern cars with more advanced technology. This car has a curb weight of 4,500 pounds, and its engine produces 340 hp, making for superb power for silent and easy driving. The beauty of this car starts from the grille and the vertical headlamps and continues to its quarter panel and rear lamp housing. The car might look huge, but it’s so proportional, providing much support and stability. Plus, it has some chrome jewelry as a coating. The manually transmitted car is powerful and has a longer lifespan. The interior consists of standard leather, which is also an option on the closed doors. Plus, it's decked out with chandeliers over the back seat.
18 Tasteful: P. Diddy's 1959 Chevrolet Corvette
Diddy, one of the richest American rappers, is a great blend of style and fashion. He owns one of the best old-school sports cars: the 1959 Chevrolet Corvette. Car and Driver says that this car has some of the greatest innovations that make it difficult to differentiate whether they're from old-school or modern cars. The car has normal suspension, has a three-speed box, and is powered with a 283 cu-in V-8 engine. Optional features of these cars include a washboard hood panel and a chrome trim on the trunk. For better control of the relatively heavy axle, the radius rods are fitted above the rear spring. The car allows for quicker shifting with its four-speed transmission, and the clutch pedal normally travels 6.4 in. The cerametallic pads keep the drums from wearing before the pads and also prevent brake-grab when the stoppers are cold. This car is so amazing from its performance to its interior luxury. Celebrities like attention, and P. Diddy will likely turn heads in the streets with this sports car of the '90s, as its shape definitely shows that it's a speedster car.
17 Tasteful: Wiz Khalifa's 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS
'With Dem Boyz' hitmaker Wiz Khalifa owns a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, a model which is identical to its predecessor, the 1967 one, but what differentiates them, according to My Classic Garage, is that the '68 has a new front and rear side marker light and vent-less door glass. The most attractive features in the '68 version are the big engines, the upgraded suspension, and other special features. This car is also a speed star, what with its winning 10 out of 13 races in the Trans-Am series. The RS had numerous features, such as a blacked-out grille with hidden headlights, an improved interior trim, upgraded parking and taillights, and its model design.
The Camaro is powered by a 350 V8 engine, but available options were the 396 producing 325 hp and a 375 hp version.
Also available as features were special bumblebee striping, a black-out grille, and simulated air intakes. With a more advanced engine, suspension, and tranny, this car was introduced to the public as a racer, and it dominated Motorsport arenas. As they say, old is gold, and this car is precious; that's why its value matches some of the modern cars. Its features from the interior to the exterior are superb, providing an excellent performance on the road.
16 Tasteful: Snoop Dogg's 1967 Pontiac Parisienne Convertible
According to Topspeed, Snoop Dogg and renowned television host 76-year-old Larry King reportedly drove in this car together in a short YouTube video from a Larry King episode from 2010. The TV and radio host got to hang out with the legendary rapper and got to climb behind the wheel of the custom 1967 Pontiac Parisienne. The car comes with optional engines that are the 230- and the 250-cubic-inch 6-cylinder and the 283 and the 307, among others, whose ranges include 454 cu-in V8s. The wide range of engines are mated to the same Chevrolet 3- and 4-speed manual, the 2-speed power glide, and three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic. These Parisiennes are different from the Canadian Pontiac in some of its advanced features, such as luxurious upholstery fabric, the courtesy interior and trunk light, the bright trim molding in the interior, the different exterior accent chrome piece, and two and four hardtops. The Chevrolet chassis and drivetrain are economical and also have unique, though more costly, upholstery fabric. The car uses rear-end styling, and it comes as a four-door package. It might've been in the market for a long time, but the car still manages to get a high price on the auto market.
15 Tasteful: Rick Ross' 1973 Chevrolet Impala
'Retrosuperfuture' hitmaker William Leonard Roberts, popularly known as "Rick Ross" or "Rick Rozay," if you like, is a fan of classic cars as you can see from this 1973 Chevrolet Impala. In an interview with Rides magazine, here's what he said makes his donk ride unique: "It’s basically a 2012 1973 Convertible Caprice. Every screw, every wire, every brake line is brand-new. The body is the same body you would have gotten in 1973. It took a long time just to get the results we wanted, and I’m extremely happy with it." The Impala has a large, shock-absorbing front bumper to allow for the 5-mile-per-hour protection. For better road ability, this car has tweaks in the suspension and the frame. This car is different from its predecessors in that the steering wheel and the instrument panels had the same colors as those of the interior. The steering wheel provides more comfort and easy control since it's fitted with a soft-feel grip. Within the bonnet of the four-door sedan are a six-cylinder engine and a 3-speed manual transmission, while its comfort is proven by the legroom provided for the passengers. The modified suspension and chassis allow for the better road performance of the Impala, and for safety purposes, all of the 1,000 Impalas built in 1973 had an 'Air Restraint System' that used Oldsmobile instruments and a special steering wheel that has both driver and front-passenger airbags. During its production, all the cars were painted in special green-gold color. One of these cars was left in the store to remain as a witness for the American automaker's ability to put a lifesaving system in a car without a government mandate. Rick's is Corvette red, and the interior sports authentic Porsche red leather, a GSE Customs dash with quad analog gauges, and a digital tire TMPS display.
14 Tasteful: Lupe Fiasco's 1967 Austin Healey 3000 MK replica
The Grammy-award winning rapper Lupe Fiasco is a great lover of cars, according to Dub magazine. He has a lot of cars in his collection. One of the cars he owns is this 1967 Austin Healey 3000 MK replica. Car lovers like him would definitely drive nothing less than classic rides. The rapper doesn't just buy cars just from the looks of them, but he also does more research about them before reaching for his checkbook to buy them.
He also checks out the historical background of the car, just in case, to be absolutely sure that it's okay.
The 36-year-old American rapper has a lot of experience in the world of automobiles, which makes the decision to purchase even harder (yet a lot easier) as he goes to great lengths to know more from various renowned garages and automotive experts. In his garage, he has a number of luxurious cars apart from the 1967 Austin Healey 3000 MK replica, and these include an Audi A4 wagon and a Ferrari 575M. This vehicle might've been designed from the older models, and it's been fitted with some modern car features, which improve its performance and aesthetic appeal.
13 Tasteful: T-Pain's 1972 Chevrolet Impala
T-Pain has the 1972 Impala with a lower height grille, which extends below the bumper with the taillight fitted on the bumper. Under the hood is a V-8 engine with a Turbo Hydramatic transmission and power steering and power front disc brakes. The engine was later improved to include a 350-cubic-inch Turbo Fire V8 and comes with an optional engine that creates 170 horsepower, a 400-cubic-inch Turbo jet V-8. The car's ventilation system is put at the doorjambs for improved reliability and efficiency. General Motors made sure that the car provides standard features, allowing easy driving and performance. Despite the fact that this car is a good performer on the road, it wasn't touted as a racing car but for being good for family use. According to eBay, this car has a mark price of about $27,500 in the current market, the price possibly being affected by demand. T-Pain took this unique old-school car layered in orange candy-flake paint, according to Dub magazine, and gave it to Auto Extremes in Atlanta, GA, who transformed it into the green 'Joker.' The car, which sported chrome accents and actual alligator tails stitched to its leather upholstery, got a radical transformation, which T-Pain says was done after he had finished some collab work with DJ Khaled, who bought him another Impala to thank him for the work. “I was like, ‘Guess it’s time to change the old one,'" he says. On the car's transformation, the rapper said, “I was already thinking of changing it, so I said, ‘Let’s f*cken paint this thing, and we might as well change the interior and everything.'” Its “Joker” inspired theme, T-Pain said, came from a dream. “I had a green Bentley that looked like that movie back in the ‘80s when the trucks came alive and were evil, and so when I woke up, I was, like, ‘That’s what the Impala needs.’”
12 Good Taste: Chamillionaire
Chamillionaire is like any other rapper who knows how to spend his money well on classic stuff. The rapper has this 1967 Plymouth Fury in his car collection.
According to MyClassicGarage, this old-school car was introduced to charm many with its redesigned features. Under the hood, the car features a 318 cu-in V8 engine.
To allow for more flexibility, Plymouth provided its customers with a variety of paint colors for the exterior and 3 different fabric choices for the interior. Inside, it's fitted with an energy-absorbing steering column that allows for more comfortable driving. It also has roadside flashers and allows for uniqueness in that it has thirteen different interiors plus rich fabric and vinyl coating. This ride also allows the rapper to listen to some hip-hop songs while he drives around, what with its AM/FM radio and 8-track tape player. When driving, Chamillionaire doesn't have to worry about the interior temperature since the coupe is fitted with air-conditioning, plus other options, depending on the taste of the owner and the features the driver wants, including an electric clock, a choice of 21 body colors, a torsion-bar front suspension, and an engine option of either a 318 cu-in V8 or a 225 cu-in 6-cylinder engine.
11 Good Taste: Snoop Dogg
In his fleet of 25 cars, legendary American rapper Snoop Dogg has some classic old-school cars, which include this 2-door Buick Riviera. The coupe, Cars With Muscles says, has a front-mounted engine, which transmits its power to the rear wheels. Despite the fact that it's an old-school ride, it has one perfect engine similar to that of its predecessor, the 1967 Buick Riviera's 430-cubic-inch (7-liter) V8 engine that produces 360 HP and 475 ft-lb of torque.
However, this car is heavy with a curb weight of over 4,200 lbs, and it's longer, too, but can still reach a top speed of 130 mph with the help of its 3-speed Super Turbine-40,000 automatic transmission.
The cars that were produced in this generation underwent a facelift for a more advanced look. Its headlamps are hidden but fitted with a GS option. The rapper's car has windscreen wipers within the hood edge, marker lamps, and larger outside mirrors. The interior isn't that good compared to the modern cars, but it’s still nice, with a dashboard unified with full-size Buick models such as the squad instrument panel. This model provides the drive with some comfort with the introduction of a headrest on the front seat. The ignition is fitted on the steering column, and for more safety for the passengers, the shoulder seatbelt is fitted in all trim levels. This car might not have many modern features, but it's a classic and beautiful.
10 Good Taste: Plies
Algernod Lanier Washington, popularly known by his stage name "Plies," is an American rapper and hip-hop recording artist, besides being the founder of Big Gates Records. His car was redesigned and became more curvaceous with a shorter wheelbase of 2,845 mm for the coupe. According to Topspeed, the car has a length of 150 mm and a height of 12.7 mm with a weight of 75 lbs, its headlights are hidden behind the split grille, and the unique feature in this car is the Endura front bumper. At low speeds, the driver doesn't have to worry about the permanent body deformation in the event of an accident since the car's design was made in such a way that it acts as a shock absorber when hit by a hard object. The car's engine produces 350 hp (261 kW) at 5,000 rpm. This model has separate vent windows that are operated by a crank, plus, it's fitted with freer-breathing cylinder heads and a round port exhaust. For excellent braking, this car is equipped with a 4-piston caliper disc brake option. Other features included in this 1968 model are a hood-mounted tachometer placed at the windshield and lit for nighttime visibility. The $87,684 rated car has a starting speed of approximately 98.2 mph in 14.45 seconds.
9 Tasteless: Will.I.Am's Custom Dick Tracy
Rapper Will.I.AM has been a great lover of cars ever since he was young, and according to Daily Mail, he's willing to pay top dollar for his passion. Now that he's a songwriter, rapper, and producer, among many titles that come to him, he's super rich, and for him, owning a car is just phone call away. As many rappers are, Will.I.Am is happy to be seen in public with his unique rides.
The rapper owns a Custom Dick Tracy ride, which is also described as a 'crazy Dick Tracy-from-the-future' vehicle, according to Metro.
The ride was apparently assembled by West Coast Customs in California, and it's believed to have cost the musician $900,000. According to Cheatsheet, the car began as a 1958 Volkswagen Beetle, and its interior has a dashboard and a door panel made from aluminum. For the rapper to enjoy high-speed driving, the car's seats are made with bucket seats. Plus, it features comic book-like lines and a metallic-blue scheme. He had to wait for about five years for the car to be made, and he believed it would play a vital role in his automotive venture. This car is just one of the other customized machines that Will.I.Am keeps in his garage, as he also has a custom Will.I.Am Delorean.
8 Tasteless: Curren$y's Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
Hip-hop stars like unique and attention-grabbing lifestyles, from their fashion to the rides they spin within the city streets, but at times, they get it wrong. For instance, the American rapper Curren$y bought the old-model Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, which wasn't outstanding at all. First of all, the design of the car is so awkward; it looks more like a racing car than it does a car for use on the road. Generally, the car looks ugly from the exterior, maybe because it's cheap and hasn't been fitted with any luxurious features. It doesn't match the luxurious life of a hip-hop star such, as those that Birdman or T- Pain live, but it definitely does show the distinction between the haves and have-nots. One thing's for sure: Curren$y loves cars like any other musician in the industry, but his Chevrolet Monte is in bad taste. He could've at least made it look better, you know, by improvising it to at least get some heads turning and attract the attention he desires (or every hip-hop celeb craves for). The rapper could've started by getting oriented to the life of the rich. Either way, at the end of the day, it's his choice that goes, and he chose this ride, so he gets to call the shots on how to spend his money.
7 Tasteless: Cam’ron's Pink Range Rover
Back in the early 2000s, Cam'ron, like any other hip-hop star, was seen spinning around the city, but the difference is he was riding in a pink Range Rover—what?! We have no problem with the model of the car, but we take serious issue with its color. Pink for a rapper's car, let alone a guy? Okay, this is what you call "over the top." There are, in fact, many photos of him sporting pink, and it only shows how much he lacks taste, which shows in the customization of his car. When someone like Nicki Minaj paints her rides pink like she did with her Bentley and her Lamborghini, it's understandable because she's a woman, and a lot of women are known to love the color, but when a man does the same, it comes as a surprise. The pink color made the classy SUV look horrible. Either way, the rapper's choice was received with mixed reactions, as some thought that he was just doing what other rappers did to attract attention, while others thought it was okay for him to do whatever he wanted with his car. Pink doesn't look so good on high-end cars, and surely, he could've settled with the other bright colors offered by the car company to retain the beauty of the car. The good news is, the rapper later put it up for sale with a price tag of $180,000. Phew!
6 Tasteless: Ludacris' 1993 Acura Legend
Ludacris is great at what he does. He's known for his role in movies; at the same time, he's also a good rapper. Unlike many celebrities, Luda is so humble that in this century, he still drives his 1993 Acura Legend. This was his dream car before he became a celebrity, and he's still happy to cruise in it around town. His car is an old model, but it still looks so ugly for a celebrity like him to drive. Ludacris may have a bad taste in cars, but there are certainly other options that are a bit cooler and that he ought to have chosen from. He even seemed so happy to receive the Acura car, which actually seemed new, what with the new set of wheels and the sound system fitted in it. Honda fitted this car with a 230 hp (172 kW) Type 11 version of a SOHC C324 engine with a 6-speed manual transmission. For safety purposes, the car has dual airbags as a standard feature, and for great performance, the car's engine is fitted with bigger valves and a high-lift camshaft, and its exhaust has freer flow.
5 Tasteless: Lost Boyz's Mazda MVP
In the early '90s, most artists loved to drive the Mazda MPV because of the large seating space and cargo capacity. Artists could carry their crew members together with their musical instruments for various concerts and shows. Apart from these two qualities, this car wasn't that nice enough to attract attention on the streets; it was like any other ordinary minivan ever built, and besides, it doesn't look anything like a rapper's car. The design would make you wonder why rapper Lost Boyz and Wu-Tang loved such a car.
This vehicle doesn't look like a celebrity-type van, but regardless of the looks, this car is multipurpose with four-wheel drive and an optional front-wheel drive.
The MPV’s 4WD can only be used on wet roads and can either be engaged or disengaged while in motion. The van features traditional hinged doors and a single rear door. The Mazda is also fitted with a manual transmission. The van allows for many passengers since the middle bench allows for up to eight people seated. Rapper Lost Boyz could've chosen from many other vehicles to at least provide a distinction between him and the ordinary people, but this car clearly shows what bad taste he has for cars.
4 Tasteless: Chingo Bling's Taco Trunk
Most artists always do street promos with luxurious and good-looking cars, but this wasn't the case with the Mexican-American rapper Chingo Bling. The rapper used his Taco truck for promoting his controversial 2007 album 'They Can't Deport Us All.' His taste for cars is definitely weird. Everything in the truck never seemed good, considering its size and the message painted on it, which seemed to be an attack on American politicians. Ultimately, it's this very message that led to the truck' s destruction, as it was shot at and later stolen because it seemed so provocative to certain individuals. The rapper might've succeeded in attracting the public's attention with his truck, but the style he used to stand out was so poor for a person of his standards. Rappers are known for driving classic cars and expensive supercars like Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and other hot rides but certainly not trucks. Either way, Chingo Bling achieved one special thing: he was unique with his mode of transport. The rapper must've loved this truck because of its features, though such trucks are used for other reasons, which leaves fans wondering why the rapper bought such a vehicle.
3 Tasteless: T-Pain
Rapper T-Pain isn't only a talented rapper, songwriter, actor, and record producer; he's also very rich with a net worth of about $35 million, according to Networthbro.
In his garage, T-Pain has a total of 32 cars, one of them being a hearse.
Okay, this style is unique, though a little awkward, because a hearse in someone's home garage gives off an eerie feeling. Granted, the American rapper will turn heads when he drives his car in the streets, but most people will definitely think that he's gone bonkers. The car looks ugly, what with the orange paint and blue top, and it passes off as an ugly mod, despite the fact that the rapper has some high-end cars such as a Bugatti, a Lamborghini, and a Rolls-Royce. According to the People magazine, T-Pain says that within the hearse, there's a fiberglass coffin. What the hell do you need a coffin for... in a personal car? He says that in the coffin are speakers and TVs. This hearse was part of a photoshoot for the rapper's album "Thr33 Ringz." The rapper also admitted that people have been afraid of his car because of the lingering odor of embalming fluid since the car was once used to carry dead bodies. Eiowl!
2 Tasteless: Will.i.Am’s Custom DeLorean
Celebrities have a lot of money, and they're good at spending it, though sometimes, not on the best of things. But you'll always find them buying unique and expensive cars. Will.I.Am has this custom-made Delorean worth $700,000. William James Adams (Will.I.Am) is a great lover of cars, and he prefers to make his own design, which explains why he came up with this unique car. The ride has a modern, futuristic, and cool look, but sadly, the design is ugly. The car is reported to have two features of an actual Delorean, which are its winged doors. According to Autowise, the car had been made from a stripped DMC Delorean. The LED/HID headlights were improvised to feature a sunken headlight bezel. The lower part of the car's body has curvaceous canard-style wings, which add to the unique appearance of the car. The car also consists of patented gullwing doors, wider door sills, and braced air ventilation. The body is almost a quarter wider, and it houses the rear wheels that are 20'' multi-fin, all aluminum. The rapper will surely turn heads wherever he drives in any city, as his car's one of a kind, though it's just in bad taste, really.
1 Tasteless: 50 Cent's Jet Car
50 Cent, with his tonnes of cash, is one of the most successful rappers in the music industry. That shouldn't be a surprise, as he's sold millions of his albums worldwide. With all that money, 50 Cent knows how to blow the minds of his fans with expensive stuff. He owns an expensive street-legal Jet Car that's a sure showstopper. The car has been customized into something that can’t be imagined, but it looks so ugly just from the exterior alone, and we haven't even checked out the interior. Jets are good for the air but not the road, and this concept is surely bizarre. According to reports, 50 Cent had his car done by brothers Shannon and Marc from Parker Brothers Concept. The car isn't only expensive but also fast and luxurious. It's fitted with gullwing doors and other modern technologies that provide for better performance and quality driving. It's more for racing than for road use, given its Formula 1 concept, but it allows for more than person to be on board: a driver at the front and a passenger at the back. Though his car looks hideous, its streamlined body design enables it to deliver the highest speed possible.
Sources: myclassicgarage.com, dailymail.co.uk, networthbro.com, rides-mag.com, dubmagazine.com, people.com