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!


  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 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…

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