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The Frank Ocean Guide To Affordable Classics

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A few weeks ago, we brought you the guide to credibility-challenged rapper Rick Ross' automotive references on his newest album, God Forgives, I Don't.


A lot of you complained that the Ferraris, Maybachs and Aston Martins mentioned in Ross' rhymes are largely out of reach for most car enthusiasts. (Unless they become auto journalists. Even then, you generally have to give the cars back.)

Fortunately, there is one man in the music industry who has taken a stand for car guys and gals on a budget, and that man is singer Frank Ocean.


Through his work with alternative hip-hop group Odd Future and in his solo career, Ocean's ridiculously laid-back style of R&B has made him one of the most exciting up-and-coming stars in music. If you haven't checked out his latest album, Channel Orange, I'd highly recommend you do.

Plus, he seems to know a thing or two about affordable hoon-mobiles. Ocean's lyrics, album artwork and music videos are sprinkled with references to some of our favorite low-cost speed machines.

So because you demanded it, join us as we explore the Frank Ocean Guide To Affordable Classics.


What do you think of Frank Ocean? Are there other car references in his music we missed?

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E30 M3 on the cover of Nostalgia Ultra

Here at Jalopnik, our love of the original M3 is well documented and certainly justified. Frank Ocean loves it enough to put a slick orange one on the cover of Nostalgia Ultra, his debut mixtape. I kind of want that car in my garage like, now, please.


It looks like this orange one isn't his only E30 either. He can be seen posing next to a white sedan on his website. Like I said, the man has good taste.


Mustang 5.0 in "American Wedding"

Ocean mentions the favored car of economically-challenged burnout enthusiasts a couple times on "American Wedding," his scathing and satirical pseudo-cover of "Hotel California." A Fox-body ‘Stang also makes it onto the cover of his Lonny Breaux Collection mixtape.


"After school she ran to me, jumped in my 5.0, this is the
Home of the brave, land of the free, but your parents still didn't know"

"Well you can have my Mustang, that's all I've got in my name
But Jesus Christ don't break my heart, this wedding ring won't ever wipe off"


Lincoln Town Car in "Swim Good"

Cruising around in a sweet orange Town Car limousine in the video for "Swim Good," Ocean brags about how useful the car is when… um, moving a dead body? At least a metaphorical one. Well, it's not the first time a Town Car has been used for that.


"That's a pretty big trunk on my Lincoln town car, ain't it?
Big enough to take these broken hearts and put 'em in it
Now I'm driving 'round on the boulevard, trunk bleeding
And everytime the cops pull me over, they don't ever see them"


5-series wagon in the Channel Orangebooklet

Moving into the booklet for his newest release Channel Orange, we get even more salutes to great pre-owned BMWs from Ocean. This time, it's 5-series wagon, and not just any 5-Series. That looks like an E39 540.


And on the song "Pyramids," Ocean boasts that his "Whip ain't got no gas tank/But it still got wood grain." Sounds like a Bimmer project car to me.


1991 Acura NSX in "Acura Integurl"

In the full version of "Acura Integurl," Ocean speaks of the love a man can only get from his car. Specifically, he means his 1991 Acura NSX – in orange of course. Check out the video to see it in action.


The thing is, the song's called "Integurl," so where's the Integra? Maybe the song is about a woman he loved and lost who drove one. Can we start calling ladies who own Integras "Integurls" then?

"Don't speak put your car in drive and
No Benz can make you friends, she don't care what car I'm driving
No Bentley can kiss me back
This song is dedicated to my '91 Ac-ur-a my 1991"