Not long ago, R&B singer Keyshia Cole was scrambling around New York City and other parts of the country with her manager, Manny Halley, performing at any available venue. Even with the November 2005 release of her debut album, The Way It Is (Geffen Records, 2005), Keyshia often found herself singing her heart out to crowds of less than a few dozen. Still, the Oakland, California native (who celebrated her 26th birthday on October 15) worked the microphone as if she was singing for a sold out crowd at Radio City Music Hall.
For as long as he can remember, 30-year-old Leander Jordan of La Mesa, California, has been a car guy. “I have always been into cars since I was a little boy. My grandfather had Hot Wheels, and I used to play with them every time I went to his house,” Jordan said.
Straight out of a comic book, vintage sci-fi flick and an idealistic imagination, the electric car has long been anticipated as the next step in the evolution of the automobile. However, attempts to do so have yielded unconvincing results.
When Ted Musson, owner of The Wax Shop in Rochester, New York, viewed one of the East Coast Ryders DVDs, he was so impressed by the bigger-than-life cars that he was compelled to obtain one of his own.
“At 4 o’clock I’m driving home,” Omarion sings into the phone, easily switching into performance mode as he hums notes and vibrato tones in his song voice. “Midnight,” a song from his second album, 21 (Sony, 2006), contains a verse about driving that pops into his head “It’s pretty bad; I’m at this woman’s house and I should have been home at 4 o’clock,” Omarion explains sheepishly. “It’s about a man doing wrong.”
With its beautiful waterfalls and picture perfect beaches, Honolulu, Hawaii is already a paradise, but Ian Ginoza wanted to take paradise to the next level by adding a bit of style in the form of Kicks Hawaii, the premier sneaker and streetwear boutique.
While most young, up-and-coming artists go out and buy a house, buy their dream car or go on a shopping spree once they get their first big pay check, R&B sensation Lloyd bought a drum machine. “I wanted to invest in my craft,” the 21-year-old says. “I’m really excited about the idea of becoming better and more developed as the years progress. The cool thing about being young is I can improve my abilities.”