Best Mercedes-Benz References in Kanye West Songs
Love him or hate him, Kanye West has produced hit after hit after hit since exploding onto the music scene in the early 2000s. As a product of The Windy City, Kanye’s lyrics often include references to the south side Chicago where he grew up. But maybe more often, Yeezy’s lyrics include shoutouts to Mercedes-Benz.
Whether you hear a track off of his debut album College Dropout or you’re listening to his Jay-Z collaboration album Watch the Throne, the rapper’s affinity for Mercedes-Benz vehicles is apparent. In fact, over the course of his career, Mr. West has cited Mercedes-Benz more times than any other brand he references in his music. So without further ado, we bring you the best Mercedes-Benz lyrics in Kanye West songs.
“Mayonnaise colored Benz, I push Miracle Whips”
Off the song “Last Call” from his debut album, Kanye raps “Mayonnaise colored Benz, I push Miracle Whips.” Later in the track, Kanye explains how this line caught the attention of Jay-Z before he signed his first record deal. More than 10 years after the track debuted, Mercedes-Benz USA acknowledged the line in a tweet, asking Kanye to top the creative line.
— Mercedes-Benz USA (@MBUSA) May 28, 2015
“They ain’t seen me cause I pulled up in my other Benz | Last week I was in my other, other Benz”
From the collaboration track Otis, which features Jay-Z and Kanye trading lines, West riffs about his not-so-small collection of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, with “other Benz” indicating 2, and “other other Benz” citing at least a third.
“But while ya’ll washin’, watch him | He gon’ make it into a Benz out of that Datsun”
On the megahit Gold Digger, Kanye takes the typical rags to riches metaphor into the automotive world, saying how ambition can elevate one’s status enough to take them from an old Datsun to a new luxury car.
“Now your driver say that new Benz, you can’t afford that”
Kanye raps about an ex-girlfriend on his most recent album, stating that her new boyfriend can’t afford the latest Mercedes-Benz like he, of course, can.
“I guess it all depends though, if my ends low | Second they get up you gon’ get that Benzo”
Perhaps Kanye West’s most emotionally charged song, Hey Mama is a tribute to West’s late mother Donda West. In the track, Kanye recounts a time before he reached the level of success and wealth (ends) he’s now achieved, promising his mother a Mercedes-Benz when he had the money.
Kanye West has many, many more Mercedes-Benz references in his music, many of which are not quite as safe for work as the ones mentioned above. Nonetheless, these references, and many others made in popular music through the years, represent the staying power and popularity of Mercedes-Benz in pop culture.