Denis Mahgerefteh never intended to be the co-founder and owner of one of L.A.’s hottest jewelry customizing manufactures. What began as a brief detour from his Biology studies in Virginia would quickly thrust Denis into a shiny new world that would forever alter his future.
Remember Young Jeezy’s white-on-white Dodge Charger known as “The Snowmobile” (as seen in Issue 37)? Jeezy, like many clients of Cartunes Inc. (Atlanta, Georgia), is very automotive conscious, extremely reliant on top-of-the-line auto customization and changes high-end cars like underwear.
It’s extremely easy for a person to become a victim of circumstance. Case in point: confinement to a prison cell for slightly over a decade can create an institutionalized mind, far beyond rehabilitation. On the flipside, achieving platinum status in the music industry can certainly blow up an artist’s head to the point of no return to normalcy. However, neither circumstance has been able to overpower the individualistic mindset of R&B’s rare genius, Lyfe Jennings, formerly known as inmate 268-192. His soulfulness has many listeners assimilating his artistic attributes to that of soulful legends such as Al Green, Marvin Gaye and Ray Charles, to name a few.
It didn’t really matter to Mohamed Amir Eller that the 2003 Nissan 350Z had endured a wreck. After all, he got it for a good deal. But, more importantly, he just liked it. “There’s just something about them,” he admitted.
Known for his rapid delivery of lyrics, Twista once held the Guinness World Records’ title of World’s Fasted Rapper, but there was a time when the Chicago native frowned upon such notoriety. “Although rapping fast has always been my style, I didn’t like when people used to call me that,” he explains. “I didn’t understand it back then, but as I grew, I embraced it and feel blessed to have that type of style.” The Chicago native didn’t understand his gift until he realized how it actually set him apart in the hip-hop world. “I know now that I’ll always be around because of my unique style,” he says. “It’s not your typical ‘regular’ rap and I’ll always have a fan base.”
Despite what many think, Rich Boy’s hit single “Throw Some D’s” is not just about adding some fresh wheels to a Cadillac, but an anthem for accomplishing something in life. “When you buy a Cadillac in the ghetto, it’s a symbol of making it,” Rich Boy said in a heavy Southern accent. “When you move out of the ghetto and finally start making money, your first goal is to buy a new car and fix it up.
Paul Wall is on his way to be hip-hop’s Heavyweight Champion of the World–no, not in the boxing ring, but in the hearts of his fans. Dubbed as the “People’s Champ” for his down-to-earth attitude, Paul Wall is putting Texas on the hip-hop map as he takes the music industry (and the world) by storm.
Dan Mermelstein and his partner Rob Rohn never really expected things to turn out this way. In fact, at the age of 19, they hadn’t even considered selling cell phones and accessories out of their fraternity dorm room at Arizona State University. However, one thing led to another, which somehow led to another, and now, at the age of 27, Mermelstein and Rohn run Vivid Racing, a very successful performance auto parts distributor located in Chandler, Arizona.