Many of you are losing your minds over the recent release of Travis Scott’s album art featuring a line-up of iconic Japanese cars. Not a typical rappers ride of choice, Scott’s creative team have strategically ditched the Lamborghinis and Maybachs to relate to an audience that is already fanatic about the Fast and Furious franchise. Not the first time our JDM legends have been tributed in rap culture, how can we forget when Eminem drove a Rocket Bunny Onevia in his 2015 music video “Phenomenal” or—in Iggy Azalea’s video for “Mo Bounce”, showing off an R35 GT-R, S2000, S15, Veilside RX7 and RWB Porsches! We tracked down the Supra in the album art to owner Zach Bird in California who was shocked at the online response he’s been receiving.
For those who don’t know who Travis Scott is, he is a successful American rapper who came into the limelight in 2017, the same year he became romantically involved with the youngest billionaire in the world—Kylie Jenner. Today, Scott has released five studio albums and fathers a child with Jenner—Stormi.
Averaging over 20 millions views on each music video on Youtube, the “Gang Gang” music video – featuring rappers Sheck Wes, Don Toliver and Luxury Tax 50 – is clearly a Tesla sponsored production featuring the actual Tesla Cyber truck itself, and to no surprise, Elon Musk is known to contribute to pop culture. An in-depth analysis of the lyrics find that the narrative of the song is mainly about paying homage to the lavish lifestyle he has generated and includes themes of gang affiliation, sexual content and drug and alcohol use.
A series of album photos depicts a silver Supra, a yellow RX7 and a rally spec BMW in grainy, lo-fi images, reminiscent of 90’s photo technology and overall leaving us JDM enthusiasts nostalgic of the glory of a golden era. Scott’s crew are also seen driving the cars wearing fluorescent green ski masks—the bright colours particularly symbolising that they are showing off some sort of criminal activity that would require one to remain unidentifiable.
It was midnight, a day out from the shoot when Zach got a message from a friend who was working on the video production asked him if he wanted to lend his Supra for a big music video. He was asked to send over some pictures of the Supra, to which the producers approved and proceeded by giving him an address for the filming location.
Having been purchased in November 2018, Zach made an impulse decision to buy his Supra off a friend of his due to the fear it would be unachievable after the 2020 MKV Supra hit the market and drove up the prices.
The Supra is a 1994 USD left-hand drive model in 199 Alpine Silver with a genuine and much loved 410,382 kilometres—but barely any stress on the OEM leather of his interior. Making a modest 280WHP, it is powered by a 1JZ-GTE (VVTI) engine with a stock turbo, stock ECU and a W58 5-speed manual transmission. The original 2JZ-GTE was swapped for the 1JZ out of preference for the its sound and spanky power delivery. Retaining the cars original body and aesthetic, the exterior is stock, all except for 18-inch Enkei NT03 wheels to complete the look.
A slick weekender, California locals may have the chance of seeing Zach and his Supra at community car meets—given that he isn’t being swarmed by Instagram fans. He plans on upgrading to an AEM power FC, Comp turbo set-up, a V160 6-speed manual transmission and possibly a respray in Quicksilver.
Unfortunately the Supra cannot be seen clearly in more than one shot of the whole music video—an aerial shot of the entire JDM line-up—three Acura NSX’s, two FD RX7’s, 1 Corolla, a four-door R32 Skyline, an E30 M3 and of course the Supra in the very back corner.
Let’s not forget Tesla’s Cyber Truck feature which is heavily endorsed throughout the whole video.
Personally we are disappointed that Zach’s Supra didn’t get more screen time and we are sure many Supra enthusiasts resonate. In fact, it even seems a bit misplaced in the video—as if the production team didn’t exactly know what they had. Have the creative team even seen Fast and Furious? I wonder if they know how they live in Tokyo? Probably not.
Not even one burnout.
Nevertheless, it is really refreshing to see a Supra and other JDM favourites getting attention from such a famous figure in contrast to a supercar and we thank Travis for bringing a little light on our car scene. We hope other artists and influencers can take from this video and potentially consider using more relative and mainstream cars in their productions. Although it was a sweet split second feature in the video, we can confidently say it’s pretty cool of him and his team to come down to earth and feature some of our favourite Japanese legends. Travo has earn’t an All Street gold star – and would’ve earnt the sky if the Supra had been in place of the Cyber Truck—or maybe the Cyber Truck can do that better. Whatever. 2JZ no shit.
So there you have it folks, just another “is that a Supra” moment.