12
Mar

Juicy J

Written by Kristie Bertucci | Photos by Roman Racela.

Juicy JOver the course of his career, Juicy J has gained more than enough success to fuel his interest in cars, owning practically every luxurious and exotic make and model that other lyricists can only rap about. “I used to have all kinds of crazy cars,” the 38-year-old rapper, born Jordan Houston, confesses. “When I first got a little bit of money to even a buy a car, I went a bit crazy and bought every one I could f*cken find. I bought myself a Bentley, Maybach, two Benzes… Like I used to be a serious car fanatic.”

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30
Aug

Steve Aoki

Written by Kristie Bertucci | Photos by Michael Vincent - www.michaelvincent.com.

Steve AokiWhen DJ/producer Steve Aoki needs to test out new material for his albums, he makes sure to bump his latest tracks in his 2012 Audi A8 L W12 quattro, which is why he opted for the best sound system the dealership offered. “The car is an important tool for me to make sure the music is right before I put it out to the public,” he says when we caught up with him in L.A. during one of his breaks before his touring schedule got super busy.

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23
Aug

Sean Kingston

Written by Kristie Bertucci | Photos by Roman Racela.

Sean KingstonIt’s been a minute since the music world last heard from Sean Kingston, who’s back on the scene with his new summer jam “Beat It” that features his boys Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa, after his near-life altering Jet Ski accident in 2011. Now the Miami, FL-born, Jamaican-raised rapper, singer and songwriter is diving into the scene giving fans new music with the release of his third studio album, Back 2 Life, a title that appropriately fits his current status.

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03
Jul

Yo Gotti

Written by Kristie Bertucci | Photos by Andrew J. Breig | memphisjuncture.com.

Yo Gotti

During taping for Season 2 of MTV’s “The DUB Magazine Project,” Southern rapper Yo Gotti (born Mario Mims) graciously provided us with a tour of his hometown in Memphis, Tennessee in his white-on-white open-top Jeep Wrangler. By origin, it’s an off-road vehicle, but Yo Gotti isn’t about to hit up any sand dunes soon, instead opting for open-air cruising in his customized 4x4.

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11
May

Rocko

Written by Deanne Deluna | Photos by Jason Rene.

RockoIn today’s musical climate, rappers usually follow a simple format: hustle hard, get noticed, sign a record deal, make hit singles and then, if they’re lucky, start a label—with the cycle continuing with their newly signed artists. But for out-of-the-box thinker and businessman Rocko (born Rodney Ramone Hill, Jr.), the opposite is true.

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10
May

T-Pain

Written by Kristie Bertucci | Photos by Jason Rene.

T-PainIt’s always fun to revisit some of our favorite artists, and T-Pain is definitely one of them! Not only is he fun to hang with, but he’s always down to talk shop, so we were excited to see what the Nappy Boy Entertainment CEO added to his fleet of rides since we last touched base with him for his cover feature in Issue 66 back in 2010.

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28
Mar

B.o.B

Written by Kristie Bertucci | Photos by Jason Rene.

B.o.B.Multi-talented artist B.o.B (born Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr.) is a musical phenomenon. Not only can he play numerous instruments (including the piano, trumpet and guitar), but also has successfully been able to create his unique sound that fuses hip-hop, R&B, rock and pop into a cornucopia of amazing music that appeals to a vast audience. One could pinpoint his moment of success when his first single, “Nothin’ on You,” hit radio airwaves, propelling the Atlanta, GA musician into global fame with millions of adoring fans, but he thinks otherwise.

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27
Mar

Travis Barker

Written by Kristie Bertucci | Photos by Michael Vincent.

Travis BarkerMany purely think that tattoos are about self-expression, but for Travis Barker its deeper than that. As a walking canvas that vividly depicts various memories of family and friends, each telling a story about his life, Travis finds it hard to pick out a favorite since each one means something different. But he does mention that his passion for tattoos helped propel him to become the popular musician he is now.

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06
Nov

Lupe Fiasco

Written by Kristie Bertucci | Photos by Roman Racela.

Lupe Fiasco“My biggest secret up until today was how deeply I’m into cars,” he replies when asked about what his fans may not already know about him. He’s been a prominent figure in hip-hop since he dropped his first solo album, Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor, back in 2006, so he’s had more than his fair share of media scrutiny. “I’m big into cars and car culture—from understanding, studying, driving and researching everything in the automotive world.”

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24
Oct

Mac Miller

Written by Kristie Bertucci | Photos by Roman Racela.

Mac MillerAt only 20 years old, Mac Miller is seriously living the dream…his dream to be exact. The rising MC from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is causing all types of commotion in the hip-hop world. For the summer, he’s joined forces with fellow Pittsburgh rapper, Wiz Khalifa, for their “Under the Influence of Music Tour” and emerged victorious at this year’s MTV’s Woodie Awards back in March (which celebrates emerging musicians) by taking home the Woodie of the Year. These are some pretty big accomplishments for an artist who barely took his freestyling career seriously only five years ago, when he was 15.

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