Dr. Avi Weisfogel has made a name for himself as the man who single-handedly transformed the practice of dentistry into a multi-disciplinary field. Through his seminar program, Dental Sleep Masters, Dr. Weisfogel has revolutionized sleep medicine and created new treatment paradigms for one of humanity’s greatest scourges, sleep apnea.
But Dr. Weisfogel is a modern day renaissance man. His talents cast a wide net and have earned him the reputation as being a man of formidable intellect and industrious disposition. Among many other pursuits, it turns out that Dr. Weisfogel is an acclaimed rapper who, before attending dental school, had made a name for himself locally, in the city of Newark, New Jersey.
Growing up rough in the hood
According to this article, Dr. Weisfogel was forced to move in with his grandmother during his 8th grade year. The elderly matron had resisted moving out of her neighborhood, even as whites were ethnically displaced by an increasing sea of African Americans. This left the neighborhood roughly 95 percent black. Avi Weisfogel soon found out what it truly meant to be a minority.
Attending a nearly all black school, he was quickly singled out and picked on. For the first few weeks, he didn’t know anyone and was bewildered by the strange and often violent ways of the ghetto. But he quickly learned to fight back. Gaining a reputation for quick fists and a sharp tongue, slowly, he began earning street cred and instilling both admiration and fear in his enemies.
It was around this time that he first began freestyle rapping. A natural lyricist, Weisfogel made short work of his less talented peers in rap competitions known as battles. He was soon recognized as being one of the premier rappers in Newark. Now able to walk through any neighborhood and get respect, no one dared mess with the man with the golden tongue. But things got ever more violent.
When one of his best friends was killed in a brutal drive-by shooting in the parking lot of a Popeye’s Chicken restaurant, Avi Weisfogel decided right then to quit the streets and go to dental school.