Magazine article Black Enterprise

Like No Other Ride: Funk Master Flexes on the Road. (Personal Passions)

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Like No Other Ride: Funk Master Flexes on the Road. (Personal Passions)

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"I'm hot out there," says Aston Taylor Jr., aka Funkmaster Flex. "No, I'm really hot." But Flex isn't talking radio. The top-rated DJ of international acclaim blazes the airways at his home station, Hot 97, in New York City. But when Flex is off the air he's burning rubber in one of his custom made cars. His classics: a `69 Dodge Charger RT inspired by the old TV hit The Dukes of Hazzard; a `70 Chevrolet Chevelle SS; a `70 Plymouth Duster; and his favorite, a `66 Chevy Impala SS. "Everything has been restored 100%, leather interior, totally chrome engine," says Flex. "I changed the motor and it's got a lot of horsepower."

The 35-year-old Bronx, New York, native customizes his new rides as well: a 2003 Lincoln Navigator and 2000 custom GMC Yukon XL, both of which will become Team Baurtwell vehicles when he's completed designing and detailing them. Flex's interest in customizing has attracted celebrity clients and includes interior painting, installing TVs, stereo systems, and wheels. In fact, Flex's customizing has become so popular that several wheel companies including Dayton, O.Z. Racing, and Lexani are bidding to become associated with the Baurtwell brand.

Since childhood, Flex has been to automotive shapes and designs. His first car was a `84 Oldsmobile Delta 88, which was repossessed. The loss of his first major investment made him think seriously about how he handled his finances. "I never really forgot what it felt like to lose something that I bought, and how I had no control over it," he reflects. …

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