“Soul food” contains no specific ingredients, just what you happen to have on hand. The same applies to highly successful Black Eyed Peas. Raw Hip-Hop at its core, with elements of Latin music, rock, soul, as well as influences from groups like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, Black Eyed Peas have earned the respect of fans passionate for their vigorous and infectious spirit.
Cruising through the streets of the tri-state New York area in his Moonbeam Silver, 2005 Bentley Continental GT Coupe, FA-BO-LO-US is a little disappointed these days. Despite accolades of success, wealth, fame and glory, this 25-year-old Brooklyn bred MC is still hungry for more.
Young, enthusiastic and always on the lookout for their next project, the founders of Roadstar Motorsports are known for their meticulous attention to detail and commitment to proper customer service. Counting with two shops in Los Angeles, one in London, and one soon in Toronto, fraternal twins Hussein and Hassan Iddrisu and their cousin John Spio have put together a respectable business that at times is fueled by their imagination.
“Man, somebody gonna trip,” he said in a familiar, deep baritone drawl. His voice is almost surprising, coming from a man with a wiry frame, striking features and a square jaw, who at a quick glance appears young and spry. The authoritative voice and staunch gaze tell a different story of an old soul, wise beyond his 24 years. It is the voice of a man who has rolled around the block a few times—in his own words—a real OG.
It wasn’t that long ago that carmelo anthony was pushing a trusty green chrysler concord on baltimore streets. It was 2001 to be exact. That was before a basketball-loving world would know him simply as melo. It was before he would lead his syracuse team to the championship. It was before he would average 21 points a game in his nba rookie year as a denver nugget small forward, giving espn sports analysts something to talk about on nightly sports center broadcasts. And it was before he had the $20 million nike endorsement and his own piece of candy—the melo bar.
It is the stuff of childhood dreams. You know, the ones flittering about the mind of every young skateboarder. One day, maybe—just maybe—all those afternoons spent suffering skinned knees and elbows will mean more than just good times. Paul Rodriguez, Jr. is living those dreams, and he is proof that those skinned knees and elbows can lead to bigger things. How about $50,000? At the 2004 X-Games, Paul Jr., who just turned 20 on New Year’s Eve, won gold in the jam format, exhibiting the type of smooth performance that top pro skaters Kerry Getz and Mike Carroll had foreseen since his pro debut in September of 2002. And it all began much the same way it does for most young skaters. “I had skateboards all my life but actually began skating seriously when I was 11,” Paul Jr. said. “I bought myself a skateboard with Christmas money.”
In the beginning it was strictly recreational. Paul Jr., nicknamed “P-Rod,” would go to skate shops with his friends, where they would watch skating videos all day long and later on “try to do what all the pros were doing.”
With Los Angeles Lakers fans, the jury is still out on the departure of center Shaquille O’Neal. There are those that are glad to see him gone, and then there are those who really miss the big guy. For Albert Pineda, who runs Da Shop in Los Angeles, Shaq is more than a customer. He is family.
Stevie Williams holds nothing back. His unforgiving skating style is self-described as straight ghetto. In other words, Stevie brings to the skateboarding game a raw, street style that goes beyond the skate park. We’re talking mad street skills here.