Names have power; this is known to anyone who’s ever read The Dresden Files. They can call forth emotions, break down barriers, and even serve as payment. But just as Harry Dresden, Redfoo, and The Doctor have warned us, such power must always be used with care—for any weapon may one day be turned on its wielder. Drop the wrong name, or drop it at the wrong time, and all it’ll do is bite you in the ass. Keep dropping a name, and it’ll make you look like a young Draco Malfoy.
Musicians drop names in songs all the time for the same reason you mention you know the bar owner: street cred, respect, and spice. Also, free booze. Sometimes these allusions are about real people. Sometimes, they’re about fancy liquors or wine. But often, they’re about cars.
Eazy-E had his 6-4, Prince his Corvette, Mackelmore preached on the virtues of the Cadillac, and The Notorious B.I.G. dared to squeeze three at our cherry M3. And don’t get me started on the seemingly endless number of rappers spittin’ rhymes on the subject of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, and Maybach. But while I like the fact that fast cars get a shout-out, it’s that last group of people that’ve got me worried.
We live in a world where anyone with the right amount of dollars can get any car they want. Some of these cars are amazing...
...but too many times are we forced to gaze upon someone like Floyd Mayweather (name drop!), and their collection that shows more money than true automotive passion.
Yes, G-Eazy, you may now be able to buy three Ferrari’s, but does that mean you’ll use them to their full extent? ‘Cause right now, I’m getting the feeling that a lot of popular musicians are just referencing storied (read: expensive) brands just because they imply the singer’s got bank. I know, it was a surprise to me, too.
But it can’t be all bad, right? I just know there’s got to be a marque or a model that was done right by music. A name drop that was earned by honest street cred, not fake respect bought out by a shower of money.
So, readers, what say you? Is there such a marque or model? Let me know in the comments below.