In just more than a year, business partners Rahim Ewan and Rico Scott have brought to Columbus some of hip-hop's biggest names - Big K.R.I.T., Freeway, Curren$y and others. The two are also throwing concerts to raise money for the Pure India Project, which brings drinking water to third-world villages.

In just more than a year, business partners Rahim Ewan and Rico Scott have brought to Columbus some of hip-hop's biggest names - Big K.R.I.T., Freeway, Curren$y and others. The two are also throwing concerts to raise money for the Pure India Project, which brings drinking water to third-world villages.

Ewan, co-founder of Money & Memories Entertainment, shared how he found his own beat.

Hip-hop is everything to me. I have a brother and three sisters, and we all have the same father. My father moved from Jamaica to New York at a young age, so I would go there to hang out with them. Coming from where I was at in Youngstown, Ohio, and going to New York, it was culture shock. I was just opened up to hip-hop - the music, the art, the whole style.

The first tape I bought was Brand Nubian's "Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down." It was the single. It had the same song on both sides, and I would just flip it, flip it and flip it.

The first thing my partner Rico and I ever did was a New Year's Eve party at this venue called the Inner Circle. It's now a furniture store or something. We were about 17 years old, and we had the biggest New Year's Eve party in the city. When we decided to go to college, we did a party to raise money.

The best advice I've ever received is that you've always got to be prepared, because you never know what somebody sees in you.

When I graduated, I came back to Columbus. We both stopped throwing concerts. Rico went to work for the Ohio Attorney General's office. I was at Chase. We were both just working, working, working.

Rico and I used to meet everyday for lunch. We said, "This isn't it." We didn't want to go to work for someone else. We were both making great money, but we weren't happy. One day, we were like, "You know what? Let's just step out on faith and see if we can make something happen."

Our first show with Money & Memories was Beanie Sigel. From there, we never looked back. A lot of artists that we deal with, we know them on a personal level. If you do good business - and you build a personal relationship - that's never a problem.

Three things I can't live without are God, family and then God again.

Know someone doing cool things around Columbus? Email John Ross at jross@columbusalive.com.