Cars & music videos. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. But for 2NE1, cars are more than a display of wealth. They often symbolize independence, a recurring theme in 2NE1’s strong lyrics. Here are 21 2NE1 cars, to anyone who’s listening.
Right off the bat in 2009, we see a Rolls-Royce Phantom in “Fire”, and a Ford Shelby GT Mustang convertible in “I Don’t Care”, the two lead singles promoting 2NE1’s self-titled debut mini-album. In Dara’s solo track “Kiss”, a Ferrari F430 Spider rolls up. She also shows off a Mercedes SLS AMG in the mega-hit “I Am the Best”, a track from the group’s second EP.
In later singles, viewers can spot a Maybach 62 S (CL’s solo “The Baddest Female”), as well as a gold-covered G-Class (“Falling in Love”) and a 4th gen BMW M3 Convertible (“Do You Love Me”). You can even find a Mitsuoka Himiko in last year’s hit “Come Back Home”.
But classic chrome gets a fair share of screen time, too. “Clap Your Hands” shows a 1966 Pontiac Catalina 4-door, and “Can’t Nobody” prominently features a black Lamborghini Diablo, which receives a quick lyrical nod in the English version’s opening lines. And Bom’s solo “Don’t Cry” has a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow.
2012’s single, “I Love You” teases some glimpses of what appear to be two different cars, but I have been unable to identify them. Maybe you can. There are some shots of a ‘70s/’80s era luxury car, and a ‘40s/’50s something-or-other sitting in an alleyway.
In 2010’s big hit “Go Away”, a Mini Cabrio encounters some rain, before the video goes to the track. There we find a BMW E36 M3 duking it out with a Porsche 996. Eagle-eyed viewers may also spot a couple of Hyundai Genesis Coupes and a Cadillac CTS, also decked out in go-fast parts and sponsor stickers.
In 2011, “Hate You” was not filmed, but animated, as Minzy pilots a faithfully-rendered Hummer H3T in battle against a monster-driven 5th gen Chevrolet Camaro convertible.
For the Japanese-language version of “Go Away”, the racing theme from the original MV was left behind. Instead of a BMW racing against a Porsche, we see two bright yellow ‘90s-tastic American domestics sitting in a rainy alley. One is a Pontiac Grand Am, and the other a Chrysler Cirrus.
That’s 21 cars... more or less. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ You be the judge on their prominence, and which ones count.