Why Are All Hip Hop Artists So Obsessed With Hoverboards (Or Whatever They're Called)?

9 October 2015, 16:26 | Updated: 11 May 2017, 15:53

Tyga Hoverboard

Is your Instagram feed one big hoverboard party?

In case you haven't noticed (you've definitely noticed), Hip Hop artists appear to have collectively decided to put an end to a tradition that has served humanity perfectly well for thousands of years now. 

They've decided to stop walking places.

Whilst the majority of us are stuck using such an ancient mode of transport (putting one foot in front of the other is so last year), artists such as Chris Brown, Tyga and Wiz Khalifa are now 'rolling' places, on what people are calling (rightly or wrongly) 'hoverboards.'

So, our question is this...

Where has the 'hoverboard' phenomenon come from and why is the entire Hip Hop community so obsessed with it? 

John Legend has one. 


Thanks @phunkeeduck! My nephews are already scheming to take this from Uncle Johnny

A photo posted by John Legend (@johnlegend) onAug 16, 2015 at 12:58pm PDT


Tyga has one. 


Gold @phunkeeduck @roadstarmotorsports #Kingin #TheGoldAlbum

A photo posted by Tyga / T-Raww (@kinggoldchains) onJun 27, 2015 at 4:27pm PDT


Fetty Wap has one.


Future has one. 


Valentino Wave*

A photo posted by Future Hendrix (@future) onAug 28, 2015 at 11:44am PDT


Migos have four custom gold ones.


@Yungrichnationbrand X @Dafuqscooter custom @yrntakeoff #ostrich #migos #Dab

A photo posted by Migos (@migosatl) onAug 11, 2015 at 10:37am PDT

We could go on but you get the point. Everyone on your Instagram feed has a hoverboard-segway-wheely-thing.

But there is no consensus on what they're actually called.

This ends now. Until someone comes up with a better solution, we're calling it a hoverboard. 

There are many benefits to owning a hoverboard. 

Wiz Khalifa uses one to do his weekly shop...

Nicki uses one to keep up with Meek...


We out

A video posted by Nicki Minaj (@nickiminaj) onJun 14, 2015 at 3:39pm PDT


Chris Brown uses one to escape paparazzi... 

And Tyga uses one to escape from his son...  


Repost by @kinggoldchains "ha" thanks for the post! #getphunkee #repost

A video posted by PhunkeeDuck (@phunkeeduck) onMay 14, 2015 at 3:35pm PDT


But be warned, the first time you try it you will look the most awkward you've possibly ever looked in your life.


Then you'll pick it up and get really cocky and it will all go wrong.


got too cocky @phunkeeduck

A video posted by Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) onApr 30, 2015 at 3:01pm PDT


But once you do master it the possibilities are endless... 



A video posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) onMay 23, 2015 at 5:40pm PDT


Look at the moves Chris Brown is capable of dropping on a hoverboard. 

He's no Chris Brown but even Rick Ross is using them in his music videos. 

(Skip to 1:30)

But not everyone likes hoverboards. Wiz Khalifa was recently arrested for riding one through an airport.  

He feels very strongly about the future of hoverboards. 

"I stand for out generation and our generation is gonna be riding hoverboards," he added.

So how much will one of these hoverboards set you back?

hoverboard prices

Most seem to range from about £150 - £400.

Or there is an alternative... 

This is the future people!