The wheel industry can be a fickle thing. Similar to the fashion industry, what’s hot right now might be ice cold in six months, which is why only the fittest survive to see another fiscal year. Diablo Wheels is one these top dogs, as they continuously reinvent themselves with each new wheel concept. Born from the ambition and dream of president and founder Gary Jerjerian in 2000, Diablo Wheels has become a fierce competitor and a household name in the automotive game.
The old adage says “it’s a man’s world,” but graffiti goddess CLAW Money has revolutionized the scene for women when she started tagging her CLAW around New York City streets. The Queens-born artist and fashion designer became infatuated with graffiti as a child, while looking a car window and watching the highway art and throw ups go by.
The Bentley Brooklands is not for everyone—and that’s exactly how the British automaker wants it. Bentley is only making 550 Brooklands, and most of those will be safely stored in private collections as immobilized prized possessions. Really, that’s what Bentleys are—works of art. They’re made entirely by hand according to the individual’s taste. The Brooklands embodies the fine art of the car manufacturing process from start to the finish, which I discovered on a European excavation of Bentley’s latest marquee.
In fairytales, nobody ever wants to be the villain since it’s the hero that always shines. That is, everybody except Detroit lyricist Trick Trick (born Christian Mathis), who isn’t afraid to bring out his edgier side on his latest album, The Villain (Koch Records, 2008), which features production from Dr. Dre and Eminem and guest appearances by hip-hop’s finest like Lil’ Jon, Rich Boy, Ice Cube, Kid Rock and the late Proof from D12. “Expect to be shocked ’cause I place some things on this album that a lot of people wouldn’t say for political reasons,” he describes. “It’s The Villain ’cause if I got to be the bad guy for speaking the truth, so f*uck it…I’m the bad guy.”
Y’all know who the f*ck I am…— The Game, “Big Dreams”
Already a hip-hop legend, West Coast lyricist The Game has graced the pages of DUB quite a few times now. Back in Issue 22, you were first introduced to the West Coast’s newest lyrical prodigy while Issue 31 showed off his love for old school classics while he secured his place in hip-hop history merely a year after his debut album The Documentary (Aftermath, 2005). Then, in Issue 38, you got to catch up with him in his Murciélago after his next project, Doctor’s Advocate (Interscope, 2006).
Normally, a visit to the local tire shop is something most don’t look forward to. However, the chances of feeling that way after walking through the doors of Action Tire Custom Lifestyle are slim to none. In fact, you’re likely to become delusional and think that perhaps you’re patronizing an upscale Manhattan lounge, Neiman Marcus, a spa, or a salon of some sort.
It’s a typical Miami afternoon in early autumn. The city’s honorary spokesperson poses next to a classic model of American muscle, a custom 1972 Chevrolet Caprice. He soaks in every ounce of inspiration from the scantily clad women and the hustlers flossing their latest gadgets to the groups of immigrants striving to make it in the land of opportunity. In this virtual “Scarface” city, trouble brews as often as the warm breeze brushes gently against the cascading array of palm trees. However, for 24-year-old “Pitbull,” nothing is better as a backdrop and foundation for his destiny than the sexy and unpredictable streets of the M-I-A.