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Thursday, 28 July 2016 22:59

Big Tigger

Written by Kristie Bertucci Photos: Eric Chang

The name Big Tigger has been synonymous with hip-hop culture since 1997 due to his on-camera charisma on BET's "Rap City" and then on "106 & Park." He's worked in the hip-hop/music industry ever since he was in college, starting out as a DJ at a local radio station in Baltimore Maryland. Now he's become of the most influential voices in hip-hop entertainment, currently hosting the afternoon drive time slot on WVEE in Atlanta, GA.

Big Tigger and his Ferrari California

Thanks to his larger-than-life personality and charming persona, Tigger has earned his place as one of the most distinctive broadcast personalities today and continues to stretch his entertainment muscles with every chance he gets. He's been involved with numerous ventures – from his own alcohol to even his own brand of wheels — and looks to add more to his ever-expanding resume. Totally comfortable in any setting he's placed in, Tigger can rock a private party as his spins the latest hip-hop tunes and even get a huge crowd hyped for the big game as the resident DJ at Atlanta Hawks games. "I've been lucky enough that people just like me," he confesses. "I've been me the whole time and I guess it's my ingenuity that people like. I'm pretty humble for the most part and like to have fun, which is shown through my gigs."

Big Tigger and his Ferrari California & Polaris Slingshot

Being at the right place at the right time has afforded him a successful career in entertainment, which has in turn allowed him a pretty enviable garage over the years. His garage in Issue 16 was just as impressive as his current fleet. Thanks to his father, who instilled in him a love for cars, Tigger has developed an appreciation for luxury performance vehicles, having owned a few Mercedes-Benz AMGs and BMW M-models throughout the years. "I need my rides to have some hop to it, " he jokes, mentioning that's why he purchased his Range Rover Sport Supercharged. "That thing is the fastest SUV I've been in all my life...that thing rolls out!"

Big Tiggers' Ferrari California

With a love for power and a stroke of luck, Tigger was able to get his dream ride - a Ferrari California. "I've had a bunch of different cars, but that one really makes a grand statement. It might be a more expensive car, but it has a rich heritage and the name Ferrari just gets people excited when they hear it. It was seriously the right car, at the right time, for the right price. I wasn't even really plotting to buy one; it just happened to cross my plate and I was like, 'Yeah that one would round out the portfolio really nicely.'" Trading in his red 2014 Corvette Stingray for the Ferrari was naturally a no brainer for Tigger, and once he got it, he knew it needed a few choice upgrades to really make it feel at home with the rest of his stable.

Big Tigger and his Ferrari California & Polaris Slingshot

He linked up with Cartunes of Atlanta to tint its windows and install their full "black out package," which includes blacking out the side markers, taillights, side gills and a black mesh accent hood-scoop grille. For its new shoes, Tigger made sure to head out to the ATL's premier shop, Butler Tires & Wheels, who laced him up with 22" Lexani M102 three-piece staggered wheels custom painted black and red to coordinate with the Ferrari and fitted with Lexani tires to match. "We love Butler here in Atlanta," Tigger notes. "As soon as I got to Atlanta, I hit a pothole and needed to find a tire shop and since I'm picky about whom I trust my car to, I asked around for recommendations. Everyone told me Butler was the only place to go, no one else was even mentioned."

Interior shot of Big Tiggers' Ferrari California

In love with the Ferrari the minute he got it, the only complaint Tigger was disappointed about was the sound system. "Here you pull up in a $200K car sounding like you got a Fisher-Price radio in your car," he jokes. "I made sure to get that upgraded and Cartunes provided a banging system that met my needs." The California now sports a full sound package, including a custom subwoofer enclosure, featuring two 12" JL Audio woofers. They kept the JL theme flowing throughout the the vehicle with their top-of-of-line ZR series components and powered the entire system with two JL XD Series amps (which are the smallest and most efficient amps JL has ever made, outputting a combined 1,200W of power to all speakers and subs). Finally, an Audison Bit processor was added to convert the complicated Ferrari system into a clean source for the JL Audio set up.

Big Tigger and his Polaris Slingshot

Tigger's Ferrari California might be the gem in his collection, but when he's ready for some fun, he likes to take out his Polaris Slingshot in a matching Ferrari red hue. As an impulse buy, the Slingshot features some modest mods, which was something Tigger wanted since he wasn't feeling the crazy modified look some Slingshots sport. "I didn't want to customize it all out, but at the same time, I wanted something different from normal," he states. "Something classy, sexy and loud." A set of 22" Lexani Polaris wheels, custom-painted to match the Slingshot's red exterior, wrapped in matching Lexani tires set off its stance, while added performance comes way of a Slingshot Performance Muffler System by Bassani and an Alpha Cold air intake system. Aesthetic customizations throughout include: HID lighting for all lights and a headlight conversion for an additional projector beam along with Halo rings; smoked windshield and tail lights; custom floor mats; custom seats by PRP; license plate relocation bracket; a rock-guard splash guard; carbon fiber accents; and the piéce de résistance is a complete lighting package with app control to change the color and pattern of the lights straight from Tigger's iPhone.

Interior shot of Big Tiggers' Polaris Slingshot

For Tigger, it's all about the sound, so the Slingshot now sports a custom-built speaker enclosures to house four JL Audio MX Series 6.5" marine speakers and two matching JL Audio marine tweeters – which is all powered by a 400W M series Marine JL Audio amplifier. In addition, two JL Audio 12" W3 series subwoofers were installed and powered by a 600W M Series subwoofer amplifier. All amplifiers are neatly hidden away from sight and the two subwoofers are trimmed into the back storage area, which provides a true enclosure for maximum bass output, and gives Tigger the sensation of a booming system directly behind him.

Big Tigger and his Ferrari California & Polaris Slingshot in front of Butler Wheels & Tires

Tigger does admit that if everything continues to go well with his various business ventures and his career, he'd like to someday add an Audi R8 to his fleet, and if somehow the car gods are in his favor and his pockets start to overflow, pick up a new Acura NSX. "That'll be a dream!"


Lexani Wheels

Butler Tires & Wheels
Buter Tires & Wheels

Cartunes of Atlanta
Cartunes of Atlanta