“Superstars are born and not made,” says HBO’s orthodox prizefighter “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather, Jr. while basking in the fine grain leather of his Rolls Royce Phantom’s elegant curved sofa.
When one road ends, another begins. Boyz II Men is along to serenade for the journey.
This is a special year for Boyz II Men. They are celebrating 15 years of being together by releasing a new album in late summer and are planning a new business venture with Donald Trump.
Priest, Minister, Vicar, Rabbi, Shaman... traditional holy men by modern standards. Then there’s Archbishop Don “Magic” Juan... a man of God cut from a slightly less conventional cloth.
Remember September? When warmth fades and a chill sets in as dusk overtakes tall, green Jersey pine trees, shading smooth suburban pavement. The smell of cold air striking fresh woods conjures up back-to-school days, wooly sweaters, Saturday afternoon football and wild pennant races leading up to the World Series.
Let’s take it back to 1998. It’s another brick winter day in the concrete jungles of the East Coast, and an adolescent LaRon Louis James is busy traveling back and forth from his block in Harlem to the outreaches of upstate New York. Jumping in his Acura 2.3 CL, the newly signed Dip Set MC—presenting himself to the world as “Juelz Santana”—is busy transitioning his lifestyle into etched out stories and wordplay for an ever-growing following.
Some would rightfully argue that the best things come out of this bustling city. American muscle cars, trucks and SUVs were bred and born in Detroit. In the hip-hop world, Eminem, represents the Motor City and its 8 Mile to the fullest. Teairra Mari, the newest kid on the R&B scene, pays homage to the cold, sometimes rough and gritty, always raw streets of Michigan. And, just like her Dodge Magnum R/T, she’s 100 percent Detroiter.