Whip ain't got no gas tank but it still got woodgrain

from Frank Ocean – Pyramids Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This same BMW station wagon was seen in the visuals Frank released along with this song. The impracticality and emphasis on style over function sets up the narrator as someone who is impulsive and materialistic. Not exactly a strong African king…

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Also could be a reference to the Tesla Model S, an electric car which [Frank pre-ordered] he’s sayin that he’s eco friendly but he’s still pimpin with the woodgrain.

(http://instagram.com/p/SI3_QyuAr_/).

Also a metaphor for his relationship with her — sex but no real life applicability, like a car with a shit gas tank but nice interior.

Or it could also be referring to an actual whip, hence the “woodgrain” without the gas tank. Keep in mind he’s talking about strippers and/or other sex workers. Or an implied, metaphorical whip, as the relationship between pimp and prostitute is somewhat like master and slave. Fantastic word play.

This line is a homage to the movie which he takes this part of the song’s sample from: Bladerunner. In the movie (set in the future) there is an enormous pyramid that is the headquarters of a powerful corporation. The cars they drive in the movie are very futuristic, and the line is making reference to his futuristic whip, having no gas tank but still the wood grain.

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