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How much swag do Kanye West and Jay-Z have? Enough to trash a $350,000 Maybach in their "Otis" video and laugh about it.

The conspicuous-consumption-loving clip is a lesson in the dynamics of hip-hop power, with two of the biggest names in the game flexing their muscle by taking one of the world's most expensive luxury cars and essentially turning it into a torn-up plaything that's probably not even street legal, according to Myles Kovacs, president and co-founder of DUB magazine.

"It's a great gimmick and it looks 'Mad Max'-ish. ... They're clearly rich enough that they can take something most people could never dream of owning and tear it up," Kovacs said of the dismantling of the car that takes place in the clip.

Experts dissected the meaning of "Otis" and the Maybach for us.

What starts out as a mint vehicle is quickly stripped down in the Spike Jonze-directed clip. With the glass roof tossed to the side, the doors ripped off and welded to the back, the front grill removed and stuck on the tail end and fender walls created out of sheet metal, Kovacs said the actual work done on the car was minimal, but the damage was maximum.

"If it's just for show or to make a movie car, it's pretty simple," he said. "You're just trashing the car, bolting on fake bumpers, pushing the wheels out, removing doors, cutting the roof off and adding flame throwers on the exhaust. But these guys are crazy to spend money to ruin a car like that."

The Maybach is on display at the Watch the Throne pop-up store, and MTV News was on the scene.

While 'Ye and Jigga are clearly having a blast driving the chopped and screwed 'Bach in "Otis," Kovacs said at this point the frame of the car is probably buckling and it's folding up "like a taco," because it appears that the center roof supports have been taken out.

He originally guessed that a job like this might cost $150,000 and take two to three weeks if you were aiming to have the car be street-legal and reinforce the frame. Making it just safe enough for the video would set you back $100,000 or so. But if all they did was cut the doors and roof out and do some welding here and there, the right tech could do that in a week. Add another for painting and the right shop could get the job done for $20,000 or so.

"The thing is, the value of that car is nothing now, you couldn't drive it on the street," he said. "It would start malfunctioning big time."

That's something to consider for anyone thinking about taking the car off their hands. The last frame of the video declares, "The vehicle used in this video will be offered up for auction. Proceeds will be donated towards the East African drought disaster." Their heart is in the right place, even if their grill isn't.​

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i think its safe to say Jay and Ye are ballin' (jim jones voice) but we already knew that.
 

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Dudeski said:
arent maybachs 700000?
Depends where you buy em. The cheapest model costs over 600k euros over here. The car in the video has German plates, which suggests a few things. Most likely it wasn't theirs even. Maybe they were allowed to trash one for advertisement purposes.
 

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Jay probably just used one of his old Maybachs to be honest. 

He gets to dump that shit for a new one and probably write it off as an expense for the video and/or as a donation :datass:
 

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n385 said:
Jay probably just used one of his old Maybachs to be honest. 

He gets to dump that shit for a new one and probably write it off as an expense for the video and/or as a donation :datass:
Yup* jay-z voice lol

yeah man could be right.
 

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IDK, but I got a picture next to it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shit is wild IRL!!!!!!!!!
 

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hungry said:
this whole thing was just a giant shot at MMG tbh :work:
I'm not sure about that. Spike Jonze directed it. I think he wanted to reconstruct such an expensive representation of wealth, making it into something it's so clearly not.
Truly a classic Spike Jonze joint.
 
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