DUB Auto Show & Concert Rolls Through Chicago, Artists Talk Rides and Plans [Exclusive Coverage]

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Brian “Z” Zisook

, Photos courtesy of

Eric Weiler

Chicago, IL – On Saturday, thousands were in attendance at Chicago’s McCormick Place East for the eighth stop on

DUB Magazine’s 2008 Custom Auto Show and Concert Tour

. In addition to the one-of-a-kind custom cars and beautiful models, a slew of hip hop’s biggest names hit the main stage for a memorable early-evening set of performances.

Thanks to our good friends at DUB Magazine, DJBooth was granted backstage access at the concert. In between back-to-back performances from Holly Rae, Wiz Khalifa, Twista, Willy Northpole, 2 Pistols, Webbie, Shawty Lo and Ludacris, DJBooth met with the artists to discuss their favorite tricked-out features, what whips they’re pushing, what they wish they were pushing, and what drives them musically..



After years of being just another artist on a major label roster, rapper Twista and his world-famous hyper-flow are operating independently. Signed to his very own imprint,

Get Money Gang

, the Chicago emcee and entrepreneur

recently released a project

from his long-time group,

The Speedknot Mobstaz

, and is gearing up to drop his currently-untitled new studio album in early ’09.

Ride Info:

Twista currently owns multiple vehicles, including his favorite: a Lamborghini. After consulting with his manager, Twista agreed that his dream car is a brand new, white Bugatti.


“The inside color of the rims has to match the car’s paint. It


to match.”

Shawty Lo


Since leaking “

Dey Know

” to DJBooth last September, D4L founder Shawty Lo has been in constant motion. Following the early-winter release of his solo debut, “

Units In Da City

,” the Bankhead, Atlanta resident has dropped two additional singles, “

Dunn Dunn

” and a remix to “


,” and is almost done with his new book, “Shawty Lo: The Real Bankhead.” And if that isn’t enough, he has also been cast in two new films.

Ride Info:

L.O. is currently driving a brand new Cadillac. When it comes time to upgrade, however, the rapper made clear his intentions to do away with his vehicle by land and instead, scoop up a yacht.


“Forget the car… Ima get me a boat.”



It was not too long ago that Baton Rouge, Louisiana native Webbie and his independent label,

Trill Entertainment

, were hard pressed to find a following (and sales) outside of traditional southern markets. Fresh off this past winter’s release of “

Savage Life 2

,” however, Webbie’s nationwide popularity is at an all-time high. And after the success of his popular chart-mainstay, “


,” we all

know what that means

Ride Info:

Webbie didn’t specify was his current ride is, other than that it could be easily classified as “old-school.” As for his next vehicle purchase, the 23-year-old rapper wants a “candy-something” colored Rolls Royce Phantom.



“Ima drop it off, get some 26’s and chrome it out. Savage Life 2 in stores now.”

Wiz Khalifa


For the past six months, club goers have been nodding their heads to the dance floormade, “

Say Yeah

!” the lead single from Pittsburgh emcee Wiz Khalifa’s debut album, “

First Flight

.” Listeners who are ready for more from the talented 21-year-old rapper will be soon be treated to the Johnny Juliano-produced “

Make It Hot

,” the project’s second single.

Ride Info:

Wiz currently drives a ’07 GMC Yukon. He is eyeing a brand new, black Rolls Royce Phantom after the royalty checks start flooding in.


“Honestly, I want to buy a nice crib first. That’s more important.”

Holly Rae


Bay Area newcomer Holly Rae is making serious waves in the industry with her current J.R. Rotem-produced single, “

Off The Meter

.” Currently signed to indie label,

In Ya Face Records

, this potential pop diva has plenty of urban crossover appeal and the fine folks


have taken note. Stay tuned…

Ride Info:

Holly currently drives at Ford Mustang GT. She would love to get her hands on a variety of top-notch luxury vehicles. Included on her wish list are a Mercedes-Benz SUV and Range Rover.


“I’ma sporty girl, so whatever car I buy I would probably wanna beef up the engine.”

Willy Northpole


Backed by Ludacris’

Disturbing The Peace

, rapper Willy Northpole has a bright future ahead of him. Currently pushing the buzz single, “

Body Marked Up

,” the Phoenix, Arizona native looks to be the first major hip hop artist (from his city) to release a major label album. The project, which is entitled “

The Connect

,” will feature Northpole’s forthcoming second single, the Black Elvis-produced and Ne-Yo-assisted, “

The Life


Ride Info:

Willy currently drives a Chevy Tahoe (the year was unspecified). He would love to pick up an Italian sports car, preferably a shiny red Ferrari. Despite his color choice, he noted that Cobalt Blue is his favorite color.


“My car choice makes me sound like I am a rich white guy, huh?”

Additional Photos (Courtesy of Eric Weiler):

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