The hip-hop and rap world has been pushing the boundaries since The Sugarhill Gang spit that first verse in 1979. The game continues to change, but one trend has stood the test of time: A music video isn’t complete if you don’t have a sick ride in it. But flashy cars are really played out and just in case you weren’t aware, they hurt the environment. So ditch the fancy cars for the rides in this post and be warned—things are about to get a little weird.
Okay so we’re already breaking the rules. Sure, there’s a bunch of fancy cars in this one. But what else would you expect from Puff Daddy? If he didn’t show us all how rich he is then he just wouldn’t be doing him. Fortunately, he takes time out to produce what may be the greatest scooter scene in music video history. He loses points for not keeping it OG but the man broke out a scooter nonetheless. Mike Tyson shows up on a motorcycle and then Diddy hits a shimmy with Shaq. There’s even a riding lawn mower cameo. This video could have only been better if he got Ice Cube, Snoop and Xzibit to roll in on unicycles… and didn’t feature Ben Stiller in it.
This one might have been done more out of necessity than choice. Tyler was in a cast for this video, so director Jason Goldwatch did what any rational human being would do—threw an injured man on the lap of a middle-aged woman, on a moped. These aren’t your typical moped stunts either. Tyler goes full M.I.A. on that thing and then proceeds to fall onto his broken leg. Just another normal day in the life of Tyler, The Creator.
But move over Tyler (literally, Macklemore rolls with a deep crew) because this is the ultimate moped appreciation song/video. Downtown is to mopeds as Akon and T-Pain are to hooks on every song from the mid-2000s. Mopeds realistically wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Macklemore. And if simply driving a moped isn’t enough for some reason—what about a motorcycle with a moose head (which, by the way Macklemore, is very Canadian of you), riding tandem with a potty-mouthed woman, or hopping on the shoulders of a giant man with a wonderful mustache? If you’re a fan of fly vehicles then there’s nothing more you could really ask for.
This video doesn’t hide what it’s really about. Sure you can listen to the words and there’s probably some message hiding in those, but who really cares about that? It’s all about the video and this video is all about big wheels. Right away, we get Tyler riding around on a suped-up big wheel, followed by the right way to perform a special handshake. Then both Twenty One Pilot boys roll around on their vehicle of choice on a street that would be perfect for road hockey. It’s really just unfortunate they forced all their family members to stand around in a video dedicated to big wheels. Even the drum kit got to ride along.
Now, this is quite possibly the best music video to feature a vehicle that’s not a car (ignore the Humvees). California Love is only missing one thing from really being included in the Mad Max series. Pac, Dre and the crew riding through the desert (luckily avoiding any accidents) on dune buggies and dirt bikes is perhaps the epitome of “California love”. A bunch of unregistered vehicles on the open road, pulling crazy stunts and chasing each other. It’s exactly like California. Disclaimer: We’ve only ever seen California driving in The Fast and the Furious. Seems pretty legit though.