MUSICAL REFERENCE: "Cadillac Ranch," a 1980 song by Bruce Springsteen from his album The River.LOCATION: Amarillo, TexasBACKSTORY: In 1974 three artists decided that the only thing better than a Caddy on the open road would be 10 of them poking out of the ground like giant metal tulips.So they bought the vintage Caddies for a total of $2,000, stuck them in the dirt, and invited visitors to spray paint them. Springsteen's connection? The car fanatic's first ride was a '57 Chevy with orange flames on the hood, and the Ranch captured his imagination.FUN FACT: The cars are planted in the ground at 52 degree angles -- to match the slant of Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza rising from the sand.WHAT IT'S LIKE TODAY: After being painted black in 2003 to mourn one of the artists, the cars are now back to their graffiti-covered glory.
Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly mercenary, Randian capitalism. “Keep your salutation / I need my 40 acres.” This ice-grilling Left Coaster is more Mack 10 than Myka 9, a verbal marksman who refuses to placate… More »