WHO IS OG MAGNUM
“It started with a car. Now it’s about acceptance and love.”
Bruce M. Ryan, better known as OG Magnum, is a social media influencer, promoter, advocate and motivational speaker, and life of every party is shattering expectations and stereotypes.
As detailed in a June 29, 2017, Miami New Times article, OG Magnum first gained widespread fame as “the star of Florida rapper Plies’ latest video, “Real Hitta”… with almost 9 million views since its release three weeks ago….” Since then, OG Magnum’s star has only continued to rise.
"It started with a car. Now it’s about acceptance and love.” Bruce M. Ryan, better known as OG Magnum, is a social media influencer, promoter, advocate and motivational speaker, and life of every party is shattering expectations and stereotypes. As detailed in a June 29, 2017, Miami New Times article, OG Magnum first g
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Florida’s Viral “Hip-Hop Grandpa” OG Magnum Fights to Stop Cops From Pulling Over Custom Cars
Before he bought a modded Dodge Magnum in 2005, Bruce Ryan says he’d only been pulled over for legitimate reasons. But his new car had purple “underlights” illuminating the bottom — and he says a cop pulled him over the day he started driving it, just because of the neon.
“Everybody I know has run into that,” Ryan tells New Times. “On a daily basis, I hear about somebody being pulled over for some bullshit reason or another.”
That’s why Ryan, the president of the Florida Custom Car Association, is working with Florida lawmakers to legalize so-called “underbody” lights. Ryan, age 60, is better known online as OG Magnum, the white-haired, tattooed, dancing “hip-hop grandpa” who’s amassed 238,000 Instagram followers, hung out with numerous rap icons, and even appeared in a video with Plies and Kodak Black. Ryan, who also has worked in IT, went viral in 2017 when he was filmed dancing to rap at a Florida gas station.
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Now, he’s using his status as both a viral hip-hop figure and a legislative advocate to help fewer people get pulled over. As it stands, state law is unclear whether underbody lights are legal, despite four different statutes that govern car lights in Florida. Ryan says there’s technically nothing banning underbody lights, and the state even issued a 1991 memo saying most of those lights are legal. Still, he says cops regularly pull over cars with underbody lights — especially if they expect a person of color is driving. So he wants the law clarified.
“I’m 60 years old and I’d never been pulled over for anything other than a legit speeding ticket,” he explained. “But the day I bought my Magnum, I got pulled over that night. Since then, I’ve been pulled over 16 times in a matter of eight years. All of them were for bullshit reasons, like my underlights, my tag light not being bright enough, my window tint, maybe I didn’t turn on a turn signal. They were all just reasons and excuses to pull me out of the car.”
At one point, he says, a cop even handcuffed him “for his own protection” while his kids watched from the car. Ryan says he used to fight the tickets and win, since he was aware of the 1991 state memo. But he knows many other people who’ve just paid the tickets because they didn’t fully understand the law.
Bruce Ryan, AKA OG Magnum, is lobbying state lawmakers with the Florida Custom Car Association.