FREDDY WILL’s TEN MOST FAVORITE RIDES

Everyone has their tastes in cars… here is mine. You’ve probably heard the slogan that goes something like, the best way to gauge a man’s personality (by personality I mean character, not wealth) is by checking out what he drives. Yeah I know, it’s not just men, women too. In order words, your pick at the dealership can say a lot about who you are as a person. In my personal experience, I’ve found that this slogan is valid for a majority of people around the world. Women use it to gauge a man’s prowess all the time.

In Asia, it’s true. It’s true in the EU. It’s true in America (you can’t even argue it). It’s very true in South America and the Middle East and I can’t speak for Australia because I don’t know how their women feel about man and  cars but I can bet that it’s probably true there too. I know for a fact that it is true in Africa. This notion is a few altitudes above an average Joe who buys a bucket on the side of the road or an average Jane who goes to the dealership for one car and drives away in another. By all means, I do respect those who don’t care, as long as it goes from A to B. I totally get that!

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It’s important to note also that attitude in itself speaks volumes about one’s character. You can tell a lot about a person’s character just by checking out what they ride and how they customize it to their preferences. So, only because someone has a liking for more excellent cars that does not necessarily mean they’re materialistic. Moreover, to be fair, I must also add that some of my female Canadian friends will probably argue this out more vehemently than others. I’ve heard some of them use the same power stripping line every time this subject comes up – I don’t care how much money a man has or how big his house is or what he drives. As longs as… I’ve heard it.

My impression is my female friends in Canada probably think that by refusing to respect a man for what he has they’re displaying moral standards, i.e., they’re not gold diggers and that way they can have the upper hand in whatever relationship from the get-go because they have already eliminated his clout. Money equals power and power equals respect for many in other parts of the world, but I’ve to notice that in Canada having some money can get tricky if you’re not careful. I’ve actually witnessed many instances where the server plays of higher importance than the customer, for example.

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Speaking from a none Canadian perspective tho, I feel that there is no logical explanation why anyone would want to separate money from power unless they tried to steal your energy. If money really didn’t matter then commodities in Canada and services would have been cheaper as opposed to being literally five times more expensive in most cases. And, in my twisted little head, I have to recognize that this is a ploy because one, they’ve got it down with solidarity and two, if you wanna be the one with power, you must first disregard whatever makes the other person more powerful than you.

Stripping mental prowess associated with expensive toys can probably create an imbalance wherein one can have what should make them sturdy but then not be as powerful or influential because they don’t physically belong to the elite inner circle that is deemed exceptional. Nevertheless, I have a set of cars that I feel will drop any jaw be it a Canadian who could care less or someone from elsewhere in the world who would adore me for having it. These are my current list of favorite cars.

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10. 1990 Chevy Caprice – I can’t believe I still love this car. I use to enjoy every American classic that was manufactured in the late 60s, the 70s and the early to mid-90s. But then 2004 came and now I don’t want to see anything that was made before 2004. This is the only car that I would not mind getting in even though it’s a 90s model. I’ll take a black on black 1990 Caprice with spoke rims any day. It rides real smooth, it’s inexpensive but still classy to a point where you can own one and fit in with your affluent friends.

I love the excellent handling, throttle, less noise, low carbon emissions, less mpg, a booming sound system, speed, and power when it comes to my ride. The handle on the Caprice is incredible. If you know me well you’ll see that I won’t buy a trip if it does not also have a wood grain, leather seats and power windows at the least. I can do without GPS or TomTom navigation but not the leather, full power and wood grain. That’s going on the assumption that you already know I won’t even consider the ride if the engine was malfunctioning for any reason be it minor or major. Cash me in on this one.

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9. Chevy Camaro – This is definitely my kind of ride. Its fact, spray it Caribbean yellow and black with light tint on the windows, and I’m in. The handle is sweet on the Camaro. You can’t go wrong with this ride. A convertible will be even better. Most hardcore Chevy drivers go for the 1968 model or something from the 70s but me, I want the newest one. I use to be crazy about the mid-90s for a long time, but right now I’m only down with 2007 to 2010 models. I can dress casually in a pair of jeans, leather boots, a crisp white t-shirt and a vintage leather jacket and hop into this car on any day and the only thing I will be missing is a hot pair of sunglasses. Again, this is assuming that there was not that much snow or rain to deal with. Shoot, I definitely think that the impression this ride leaves behind is enough to get me through any VIP entrance.

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8. Jaguar S type – Black on black, late model, special edition luxury brand. Maybe even a hybrid if it’s available. Want my speakers to blast though, my leather seats should be sleek with good wood grain on the doors, steering and the dash with full power. I don’t believe that global warming can be reversed since dinosaurs didn’t drive Hummers but I will do whatever it takes to cut carbon emissions in our atmosphere because I’m a team player. However, I prefer my cars to come with automatic transmission as opposed to a stick shift. Back in the day, I use to love stick shifts, but now I think automatics won’t hurt. I’ll have this car in a four-door sedan with tinted windows. Not my everyday ride but it ranks high on my list. Won’t want it to be a family car. I want this one to be a personal ride or maybe even my significant other’s own ride.

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 7. BMW 750i v12 – With all the talk about global warming and climate change I don’t want to be the guy who is driving the sick ride that’s making the hole in the Ozone grow wider. But I’m not getting on the bus until lawmakers are not blocking traffic in a thirty car SUV motorcade. This is class right here. I don’t wanna see any car if it was made sooner than 2004 and this is one of those cars. There are too many early model BMW on the road. I definitely don’t want one unless it was new. By new I mean, fully loaded, late model 7 series, just like this one. This can be my solo for a single business car. Whether I have to discuss business via Bluetooth on the freeway or make an entrance at a business extravaganza where there is valet parking, I will bring this ride out for the trip. Not too extravagant but not very simple either. Burns low on gas and it rides smooth.

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6. Dodge Viper – I’m an old school OG baby. As far as sports coup go, I prefer muscle and speed. The throttle is what drives me wild. The viper is my all time, me and my bitch ride that’s sure to make a girl go oops like Tweet. Yeah I know, every big boy needs a Phantom or a Maybach, but Freddy Will is getting it done with the Viper. This will be my party ride, something I drive to the club especially if I’m meeting people and want to burn rubber or use a little throttle. I hate family sized sedans that look like the one auntie Ruby goes grocery shopping in. However, this car cannot be my only car because I wouldn’t want to be flying around every day. This is the one I bring out on that sunny day when I’m meeting someone who treasures material things or when I make a power move. This is one ride that I can honestly say I’ve always loved with a passion.

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5. Cadillac Escalade – When it comes to luxury SUV this one definitely makes my cut. I have to admit that my favorite Cadillac brand was the De Ville but I will go ahead and pick the Escalade because it’s a stable ride. Cars have a way of depreciating in value soon after you buy them, so I try not to spend more than $65, 000 on one. I don’t like to finance either. Haven’t funded a car for almost ten years. Trust me, if you work a specific 9-5, and you need transportation to work, or you have a busy family, and you need a family car, then, by all means, do what you gotta do.

I hate to have to apply for credit and then deal with the chance that I may or may not qualify for what I want. If I want it badly, then everything in my way is dust. Plus I see credit as a last resort option for a desperate emergency. I think if you don’t have the money to buy it outright and there is no dire emergency pending then there is no need to apply for credit to finance a car. But that’s me. The Escalade is something that I would drive because it is affordable, its comfortable and when I have my own family someday, it will be roomy enough to protect us when we travel.

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4. Lincoln Aviator – In America you will find guys who take pride in individual cars. One guy might say, hey I’m a Cadillac guy, and the next guy might go, hey I’m a Lincoln guy or a Range Rover guy. Well, Freddy Will is a Lincoln guy. This 2005 Lincoln Aviator is in my current arsenal of cars. This is mine out of town vehicle. Have to drive to Canada or Mexico for a few months or even longer? I bring out my Lincoln Aviator and make the run. Its fast, its safe, it’s not too flashy, but it still curtails some level of high status. Fully loaded compact luxury SUV that has every feature in the Navigator including the drop-down DVD monitor and seating for seven.

It was only manufactured for three years, so it’s constrained. This SUV was made for people who love the Navigator but want a sportier SUV with the same features. Once they hit the market many outside the States did not want to pay, being that its cost was almost equivalent to that of an mL 320, Escalade, Navigator or even the Cayenne. Many in America opted for the Navigator instead because they preferred a larger SUV. I personally like the size of this 2004 model right here because for an SUV the MPG is not bad and it gets through the hoops. It handles like a custom-made Jessie James motorcycle and the interior is plush enough to soothe the nerves of the most agitated person you know.

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3. Mercedes Benz Ml 320 – This was my dream car in the early 2000s then it became my every day all day ride at one point. I will always go back to this ride. Handle, stability, speed, you name it. This five seated luxury baby is that all-purpose ride you would love to have. Be it a business road trip, a gala, a night at the club or just something to rent when you’re in Europe or Australia, this SUV is your ever dependable, high-end capsule which will get you from point A to point B in style and swag. It’s a Benz so it would impress many people right off the bat and they won’t look low on you in any way. I still won’t touch anything manufactured sooner than 2004 though. This is something I’ll buy as a present for someone special. Yes, I’ll take this one any day, bulletproof it!

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2. Porsche Cayenne – Another SUV that I find very appealing. This is the only SUV that might pry me out of my Aviator. With the MKX and MKZ out there right now, that says a lot about my love for the Cayenne. I would basically take anything with a Porsche logo on it.  It’s not an Ml or an Aviator, and it’s not very roomy in the back, but the engine on this baby is so sweet I would not need that extra room since I ain’t riding around with a car full of homies on this one.

The Cayenne is a five-seater, dependable, luxury ride that will work any magic you need to leave a lasting impression. I like my Cayenne to be paid off and made in 2006 at least. Be it to bag that stubborn chick from the library (not my Canadian female friends of course) or you want something sexy for the fun date or a family/personal car. This fully loaded ride will impress anyone on sight, and it will get you to your destination with low gas, spilling less carbon into the Ozone and in style. Put me down for the Porsche Cayenne people!

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1. Aston Martin – Believe it or not, I’m not one who craves a super extravagant very, very expensive ride like a Rolls Royce or a Lambo for example. Yeah, I might rent one or take it for a spin during a music video or if I’m on vacation in Miami, Paris, London, Las Vegas, Italy, or even Tokyo for a little while. I like to be in control, and the Aston is the perfect car for me. Assuming I live in a city with smooth roads and all. Sleek, moderately expensive and classy.

Something that you might notice if you know what it is but you might miss if you don’t do it. Something I can be inconspicuous in if I want but still be recognizable in a dignified way. That’s what this car does for me, it gives others the impression I want from a car, it has a beautiful musical system, speed, throttle, power, high status, and control plus I won’t have to worry about environmentalist storming the streets with a carbon emissions guilty call.

From where I stand, you don’t have to care how much money I have or what cars I drive or where I live but if you’re gonna last in my world you better respect my hustle and have some kind of reverence for my work. So yeah I do speak from an international standpoint since the context is applicable in the majority of continents. After traveling to all the places where I’ve lived, I tend to look beyond borders and jurisdiction when I do my thang…

So, that being said, I will make this confession… I am a car guy. Sure, music is my life, and I enjoy writing as much as I love to perform on stage. But when I’m not a CEO or an artist or an author or a blogger and I’m just at home watching ESPN, or I’m getting ready for a hot date, one of the first things on my mind besides sipping cold beers while  packing away a big scoop of mashed potato sitting next to the chef’s cut of a juicy prime rib, you guessed it, ding, ding, ding… it’s my ride. Some cars are dream cars, and others are collectibles while the rest completes my prominent boy status. I feel my car should be right for me and not just be trend based.

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