Tank on Empty, Whippin' My Mama's Volvo …

Hip-hop, meet the Swedish automotive industry. Hooniverse readers, meet Grynch and his 240 DL.

You folks must be pretty familiar with Ballard by now. If not, here’s a quick primer. So you’ll have to agree with me that it’s perfectly fitting that what I’m 100% sure is the only hip-hop music video ever filmed in Ballard has a Volvo as its subject matter. And possibly the only rap to ever highlight one’s window cranks. Enjoy!
Thanks to Adam for the tip!

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  1. Tripl3fast Avatar

    The horn bee beep at the end is pure gold.

    1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

      Yeah, the horn is ridiculous for what the car is.

  2. Jeff Glucker Avatar
    Jeff Glucker

    Most honest rapper in the whole fucking game…

  3. dukeisduke Avatar

    Rappers typically emphasize their cranks, but window cranks are definitely something new.

  4. joshuman Avatar

    Wipers on the whole time. I love this town.

  5. CptSevere Avatar

    V-O-L-V-O! I detest hip hop but I liked this.

  6. engineerd Avatar

    You know, this is why I love Hooniverse. Other car blogs either have no clue this is out there, ignore it as something campy and stupid, or post it and mock it. However, on here it's posted and we all agree with him and dig it.
    Sure, it's not the best hip hop I've heard, but the sentiment is shared by any car guy/gal. "I've laughed in that car. I've cried in that car. Knock on wood, man, I'll probably die in that car." Yeah, I'm feelin' it.

    1. Thrashy Avatar

      Objectively it's not much as music, but it comes from the soul, and that makes all the difference.

    2. CptSevere Avatar

      I hear you. The guy speaks our language, nothing wrong with that.

  7. EscortsForever Avatar

    I hate rap
    I detest hip-hop
    I don't understand why most pop singers have to swear every other word
    but I think, for some strange reason, that this is beautiful

  8. rennsport964 Avatar

    Months ago I heard this on KEXP and nearly fell off my chair laughing. And is SO BALLARD.

  9. Black Steelies Avatar

    The videography of the music vid is admittedly very well done

  10. ptmeyer84 Avatar

    My 745 and I approve of this video.
    Volvo, for life.

  11. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

    The glove box doors really DO do that… at least, everyone else's do; I've been lucky so far. And yes, "pedal to the metal when I'm goin' up a hill", and I have Armstrong power windows.
    However, he missed out on opportunities to mention his broken center console and three-speed windshield wipers.
    Seriously, though. This is going on my mp3 player right quick now.

  12. Jonathan Avatar

    Lots of material to cover… could have mentioned the Chewbacca blower motor and other fun things, but the Oreos, that was a great call. I have had quite a few of these 240s, and by far this is the catchiest hip-hop cover of the graceful 240 ever. Or the only hip-hop song ever, but either way I have to admit I like it.

    1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

      Awwwh, shit, yeah. I don't want to talk about the blower. Or the door pockets. Or the inexplicable rattle in the dash, or the fact that mine has some phantom electrical drain…

  13. BegoBeelt Avatar

    Hi everybody,
    What online fanzines do you read and would recommend? I am a crazy fan of ska.
    For all you emo people out there I recommend The Enough Fanzine. It is one of the first emo fanzines on the web.
    They have throusands of interviews from the most underground bands all over the world. Check them out online: Enough Fanzine. Best of it all, they are 100% non-profit and just helping the scene!
    Looking forward to your recommendations.