Mayonnaise colored Benz, I push Miracle Whips
Miracle Whip is a popular mayonnaise substitute (even if it’s technically a “salad dressing” since the FDA requires mayonnaise products to contain at least 65% vegetable oil by weight). “Whip” is a slang term for a nice car, and is often used to refer to Benzes in particular.
When Kanye was asked to identify when he started formulating ideas for The College Dropout, he responded:
I guess well… when I said that rap “Mayonnaise colored Benz, I push Miracle Whips” for Jay I was about 21 years old.† So you could say then. The last line you hear on College Dropout is the oldest line, so I call that the beginning.
† Kanye met Jay for the first time when he was 22 or 23.
Kanye recounts that moment in the outro.
Also note that the outro implies Kanye rapped this line for Jay before The Blueprint (2001). Thus, this line has nothing to do with Kanye miraculously surviving his infamous 2002 car accident, though that event did inspire “Through the Wire” on this same album.
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