Kanye West and Jay-Z Took a Blowtorch to a $1 Million Luxury Car

Kanye West and Jay-Z have had a wild ride of a relationship over the years, and fans never know for sure whether the two hip0hop artists are on friendly terms or not. Their friendship once resulted in the album Watch the Throne however, and it shows what the two can accomplish when they work together.

Some car lovers were a little horrified when West and Jay Z destroyed a million-dollar car, but as it turns out, per Business Insider, it was for a good cause. The proceeds from the destruction of the car were donated to an African region that was devastated by a drought. Car lovers may be a little scandalized, but the rest of the world was touched.

Kanye West has made it into the Billionaire’s Club

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Kanye West has been rumored to be a billionaire for years now, and according to Forbes, it’s finally happened. He’s got his fashion brand Yeezy, he’s producing music, and West has two ranches in Wyoming. West is also married to Kim Kardashian, making them one of the most well known couples in the world.

West is an avid car collector, and has several Raptors that he uses on his ranches. He also owns a fleet of Sherps that he once used to promote his Yeezy line. Lamborghinis also make up a large part of his collection.

Jay Z has it all and the world knows it

Jay-Z Carter has been rapping since 1989, and has had a lot of ups and downs during that time. He’s gotten married to Beyoncé, survived marital problems, became a father, and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry.

He’s a household name, and even people who don’t listen to hip hop or rap know his name. Jay-Z is also an avid car collector, and has some very rare vehicles in his collection. Hot Cars has even debated on whether Jay Z or P Diddy has the best car collection. Jay-Z is currently worth $900 million, and his wife Beyoncé is worth $355 million.

When two legends collaborate a Maybach pays

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In their music video Otis, West and Jay-Z happily destroy a 2004 Maybach 57. Well, destroy might be a strong word, because it can still run just fine, as seen later in the video. It’s more like they customized it, using a blowtorch and some sharp objects that children shouldn’t be using at home.

As the video progresses, they remove the roof, windshield, and doors. They then proceed to change it up, so that flames shoot out of the wheels. And while some car lovers may have felt more than a little sick, the end result was incredible.

Once they’re done, West and Jay-Z jump inside and begin to drive around an abandoned parking lot with four delighted girls in the back. Everyone seems to be having a great time, although Beyoncé and Kim are nowhere in sight.

One commenter on YouTube summed it up well when they said, “When Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé aren’t home.”

It’s all in the name of giving back

Maybachs aren’t cheap, and some people may have wondered why anyone would destroy a vehicle worth $350,000, even if it is for charity. It was extra painful because Maybach was getting shelved, according to Reuters. This meant that West and Jay-Z weren’t just cutting up a car, they were cutting up one of the last Maybachs to be produced. Maybachs came back, of course, but no one knew that at the time. 

The children of Africa weren’t too upset, however. In fact, they were probably thrilled. The Maybach sold for $60,000, and the proceeds were given to Save the Children. Even the most devoted car lovers in the world had to admit that cutting off a few doors was worth that.