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Diddy opens the show saying that it's almost time to make a band. He's not sure what he's gonna do, but he's brought in a couple of people to help him decide. First, Jamal (new choreographer) will have them dance. Then, producer Bryan Cox will take them into the studio to see how they do there.
Brian A. and Michael both talk about how they're picking up the steps. Julius has to sit out, of course, and is bummed out. Brian says that they are picking it up because Jamal's really breaking it down. They seem to do well. Donnie talks with Jamal about being the white boy... and Jamal says that he needs to get it right in his mind and be confident. Jamal helps him and Donnie thanks him.
We see Julius having a conversation with his girlfriend. She pep talks him and leaves him in better spirits than when he started the conversation.
The next day, we're at Daddy's House. Bryan Cox is in the studio (Jack Knight is here, as well). It'll be the contestants first time recording in a studio during the show. They're going to give them a song to sing. It's the Making the Band theme song. They are gonna take it home, get it down and then come back and record. He mentions Diddy will be here Monday - so, they have 1 day.
We switch back to them at the house with all of them working on the song. They seem to be doing fine while some of them talk about how hot the track is.
"Ready to Die" has come in at #74 on allmusic's The Top 100 Albums Ever
fishbowlNY.com has this
No. of questions submitted for CNN's YouTube Debate: 2,989
No. of responses to Diddy's YouTube call for an assistant: 10,000
Check it out
at HipHopGame.com. Sounds official. It also sounds great. I like it a lot, much better than the original track, actually.
GoUpstate.com has an update from Michael or Making the Band 4
. He's lost 40 pounds so far and it sounds like he'll be around when the final cuts come around, as he days that he doesn't know what Diddy will be deciding.
It is now our in audio player, as well.
You can listen to it at HipHopGame.com
When I found out that I was probably going to interview B5, I knew what I had to do. I had to put it out there to the fans: what do you want to ask them? So, we put out a call on Bad Boy Blog
. The response was overwhelming. We received approximately 300 questions. From those, I asked them 15 of your questions (not 16 as I had said
before - I forgot one, sorry!) Thanks again to everyone who submitted - I hope that you enjoy the interview.
I have to say that it can be very hard to pick their voices out from one another at times. So, with some of these, I am not 100% sure. A big thanks to wadrkhadija
for helping me to pick out some of the voices. Most of them are correct, but a few might not be. On ones that I was really unsure on, I've noted that it's a guess.
B5's sophomore album, "Don't Talk, Just Listen", will be in stores, September 11, 2007. Without further ado, the Bad Boy Blog interview of B5:
Chuck Taylor of Billboard reviewed the single, "Just Watch Me", in the latest issue of Billboard. You can read the review on their site
. It's positive.
From The Urban Network
Expected panelists include DJ Drama, DJ Khaled, The CORE DJs CEO Tony Neal, Cool & Dre, Rap Coalition CEO Wendy Day, Polow da Don, Felli Fel, Scarface, Too $hort, Rick Ross, Polo Grounds CEO Bryan Leach, BET's Rap City host DJ Q45, AllHipHop CEOs Chuck "Jigsaw" Creekmur and "Grouchy" Greg Watkins, MTV Jam's Manager of Music Programming Initiatives Tuma Basa, Bad Boy Records' Senior Director of Promotions Shawn Prez, Interscope/Geffen's Senior VP of A&R Shawn "Tubby" Holiday, and many more to be confirmed. There will be numerous opportunities for industry professionals to capitalize on during this experience.
For more information on the event, check out their site
has this statement:
This is the official statement regarding all the rumors and misinformation floating on the web. Danity Kane is still together and all of us -- Aubrey O'Day, Shannon Bex, Aundrea Fimbres, Dawn Richard and D Woods -- are looking toward to our future together, to taking the industry by storm yet again, and to giving our fans an incredible sophomore album. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank each of you who has continued to support us through the ups and downs of this business. We have every intention of writing, singing, and dancing our way to the top. See you all there!
Via Theo in the forums
Babs will be performing at an all female hip hop showcase at The Pyramid in NYC on August 28. See the flier below.
You can listen to snippets of these two songs on their MySpace
Here is the cover for Jordan's upcoming debut album, "Just Watch Me":
I like it. I prefer the way the text is on this one to the way that it was on the single cover.
You can listen to a snippet of "No One Else", a track from B5's new album
, on their MySpace
UrbanBridgez.com has an interview
J Dot (UBG): What is the biggest compliment someone has ever given you and that you try to live up to?
Patrick: This guy named Jason who used to be with Bad Boy and who is now with Jive gave us a very good compliment. He gave us these t-shirts of the Beatles and he said “keep working hard because soon you will be like them.” That’s what sticks out in my mind.
Kelly: The Beatles are like pretty much the biggest artist ever out. The Beatles and Michael Jackson are the biggest artists in history. For him to say that in that way is really cool. It made us feel really good inside.
Block Entertainment has finally launched a fully fledged website
. There are plenty of the features that you might expect, like an audio player, video player, downloadable wallpapers and buddy icons, tour info
Via Gorilla Zoe
that she is currently filming a new movie called "Step Up 2"
. According to the movie MySpace
(you can enter a contest to dance in the movie), she'll be featured on the soundtrack as well, with a track called "Is It You". It appears that you can download the instrumental to the track at the MySpace
The movie is slated for a February 2008 release to theaters.
In his latest post at WordOfSouth.com
, Zoe talks a bit about his background.
Times Online has the story
Unforgivable Woman, the new perfume of Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, the powerhouse entrepreneur, designer, producer and occasional rapper was unveiled in London last night to a lone violin accompanying a short promotional video of the man himself, perhaps unsurprisingly, having sex.
As a promotional effort for the upcoming album, Yung Joc has started a campaign called "What's Your Hustle?" The object is to help you to raise your "hustle game". The first installment is his Hustlenomics Tips 1-3
I just wanted to mention that I received an interview response from Simone Hines after my deadline. But, it was so great, that I've decided to update the article to include it. So, check it out
. It's under "Senorita".
Laurie Ann was kicked off/left Making the Band 4 in last night's episode
. I watched the replay of it probably 15-20 times so that I could accurately describe the scene in my entry
, so I thought that I would sit down and put some thoughts out there.
First of all, I have to say that I've found Laurie Ann a fair bit annoying this season. It's TV and it's entertainment, but she seemed to be overdoing it for the camera way more than anyone else. So, assuming it's not one big publicity stunt, I think this was building up.
Earlier in the show, she's the only judge we see to shout out praise. After Dan performs, she says "yes!" loud enough so that everyone can hear it. Michael Bivens laughs and says "no favorites". Diddy tells her not to do it - the performance wasn't even hot according to him - and he'll edit her out. She tells him he can't edit her out because there would be no show. lol. Really? After he tells her not to get beside herself, she tells him he can gab all he wants. (?!) And he tells her she needs to leave. I agree with this - she's pretty clearly stepped over a line here and has become disrespectful. But, after she exits, Diddy sends Slam after her to bring her back.
So, she brings the boys in to practice routines like 9 hours before they are supposed to be cut. She doesn't seem to practice much and expects them to just get right into the routine. So... they don't do very well and she's angry and she rips into them pretty much over and over again with rare exceptions. When Jonathan tells her he wants to quit, she tells him to go - and then mocks him on the way out. I guess she was trying to get the other guys pumped, but I don't think it worked.
So, the cut comes and Diddy is frustrated with their inability to perform. He tells all of them to go outside and then conferences with Bivens and Gibson. Diddy asks her how long she's been working with them. She says just since today. Diddy says that he thought she was working with them since the weekend? She says no... this was the test (to see if they could pick it up quickly). But, Diddy continues, that's not what he said to do. This would mean that he told her that she was supposed to be working with them in advance of the cut, not on the day of the cut. Now, Diddy is heading to a cut without the information he needs.
Babs has some pictures on her MySpace
from a recent video shoot. The question is: what video? I hope to find out soon.
The B5 YouTube channel
has posted it's first video: B5's recent appearance on 106 & Park to premiere "Hydrolics". Watch it below.
According to Jenn10
, there will be a live chat with B5 on TeenHollywood.com
on August 1.
You can check out (and purchase) the song on the VX MySpace
The episode starts with Diddy saying that they need to let men be men. Let them box, play some basketball, etc. So, the guys get out to the park and play some ball. Losers have to "run suicides" according to Qwannel. They're playing one on one. First one to score 2 points wins.
Curtiss vs. Dan is the first match. Dan wins 2-0.
Andrae vs. Brian H. Andrae wins 2-0.
Robert vs. Willie. Willie wins 2-1.
The 3 losers have to run around the court until the other games have finished.
Eric vs. Michael. Michael wins 2-0.
Qwanell vs. Jonathan. In confessional, both of them basically say they can't play. After many missed shots, Qwanell wins, it looks like. All we see is him score 1 basket.
Jonathan is made to run and he complains. His heard is throbbing, he's lucky to be standing up, he's about to pass out, etc. etc. So, he walks around while the others run. They finish, Bivins talks a bit and Jonathan talks to one of the guys about how he's about to black out, as they leave.
Image Entertainment is releasing
a documentary DVD on Biggie called "Bigger Than Life" on August 28. The marketing copy:
The Notorious B.I.G. is no doubt on every Hip-Hop fan's short list of the greatest rappers of all time. Most importantly, B.I.G. was respected and revered by his peers in the game. Everyone from Jay Z to Tupac became captivated by his velvety flow and unparalleled rhyme style. He left behind a legacy that reached mythic status. Now for the first time the real Notorious B.I.G. is revealed in this fascinating film. Hear the stories firsthand from his closest friends and some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop -- Diddy, Method Man, Easy Mo Bee, Matty C, E-40, Raekwon and many more. See raw, uncut footage of B.I.G. freestyling on the streets of New York, rare home video footage, a never-before-seen interview done with Biggie shortly before his death and undisclosed footage from the night of his murder. Directed by renowned Hip-Hop documentary filmmaker Peter Spirer (the Beef series, Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel), this comprehensive film is definitive proof that the Notorious B.I.G. will always be Bigger than Life.
You can pre-order it on Amazon.com
that singer Natasha Bedingfield likes the idea of collaborating with Diddy and plans to suggest it to him.
Artist promotion website ReverbNation.com in affiliation with digital distributor SnoCap has announced a 10-part hip-hop talent search to take place in cities across the country from August 2007 to March 2008. The series, titled New Blood will draw hopeful independent and underground rappers together with label execs from Bad Boy Entertainment, Rawkus Records, UnAuthorized/Asylum and Imperial for an evening of passionate performances and persuasive pitches.
Besides the Scream Tour, Yung Joc's MySpace
has some upcoming appearances listed.
Jul 28 2007 8:00P The Beat-BBQ and Autograph Signing Detroit, Michigan
Jul 31 2007 12:00A Jimmy Kimmel Los Angeles, California
Sep 7 2007 8:00P BMI Awards Las Vegas, Nevada
Sep 9 2007 8:00P MTV Awards Las Vegas, Nevada
D. Woods is now the host of "New On Flow" on Flow TV
"No Way Out" is the definitive Bad Boy album.
That isn’t a slight on Biggie - Biggie’s legacy is interwoven with Bad Boy’s unmistakably and his albums, with their Bad Boy and Puffy influence, are widely and rightly considered to be among the greatest in the history of hop hop. But, we’re not talking hip hop - we’re talking Bad Boy and this was a defining Bad Boy album. Produced almost exclusively by the Combs assembled production outfit, The Hitmen, and featuring guest spots from The Notorious B.I.G., Mase, Faith Evans, 112, Black Rob, The Lox, Carl Thomas, Lil’ Kim, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Ginuwine, Twista, Foxy Brown, Kelly Price and Simone Hines, "No Way Out" is that album.
Some of the same people who may criticize this album today, were digging it back in the day. Everybody had this album. It’s the best selling Bad Boy album ever measured by individual units sold, featuring two Hot 100 #1 singles in "I’ll Be Missing You" (certified 3 times platinum) and "Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down" (2 times platinum) to go with a #2 in "Been Around the World" (platinum) and a #19 in "Victory" (gold). The album itself was certified 7 times platinum just in the United States by the RIAA. By 1998, it was 5 times platinum in Canada, platinum in the Philippines, Malaysia, Japan, Korea and Switzerland and gold in another 13 countries.
It led to awards for the artist, album and songs from ASCAP (2), the MTV Video Music Awards (2), The Billboard Music Awards (2), the Rhythm & Soul Music Awards (2), the Grammy Awards (2), the Soul Train Awards (2) as well as countless other nominations and victories in award shows throughout the country and the world.
In 1997, Sean Combs was a juggernaut. Not just with his own album, but in his appearances on and production of other artists’ records. 6 songs produced by him held the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart for a combined 42 weeks. 5 songs either produced by and/or featuring him held the #1 spot on the Hot 100 chart during the year.
As such, Bad Boy and The Hitmen went on an incredible run. "No Way Out" was the second of three Bad Boy releases in 1997. All of them went #1. The other two, "Life After Death" and "Harlem World" achieved astounding levels of success, as well. 1997 proved to be an incredible year for the label, sales wise, even though it was not without personal tragedy through the devastating loss of Christopher Wallace.
In the latest issue of Billboard Magazine, on page 30, there is an article called "Making the Bands" which discusses the success/potential success of MTV series that aim to launch music acts. In it, Making the Band 4 is highlighted briefly, as is Bad Boy, Diddy and Danity Kane. Nothing major. Danity Kane is highlighted as one of the successful acts to come out of an MTV series and rightfully so.
Well, you know, everyday is special here at Bad Boy Blog. But, tomorrow, we'll have a major feature to commemorate the 10th year anniversary of the release of that classic album, "No Way Out". The article will feature tons of behind the scenes information and more on the creation and development of the album. Over the past month and a half, or so, I've completed interviews with Rashad Smith (producer of "Young G's"), Jaz-O (producer of "I Got the Power"), Michael Benabib (cover photographer) and three engineers who worked extensively on the project - Stephen Dent, Axel Niehaus and Michael Patterson.
So, if you're a huge Bad Boy or Diddy fan, you are going to love this.
features an updated list of upcoming appearances.
Aug 27 2007 8:00P Underwear Launch Party Las Vegas, Nevada
Aug 28 2007 8:00P Yung Joc Album Release New York, New York
Sep 1 2007 8:00P Labor Day Weekend Festivities TBA
Sep 2 2007 8:00P Labor Day Weekend Festivities TBA
Sep 3 2007 8:00P Labor Day Weekend Festivities TBA
Sep 5 2007 8:00P New York’s Spring/Summer 2008 Fashion Week New York, New York
Sep 6 2007 8:00P Conde Nast Fashion Rocks New York, New York
Sep 7 2007 8:00P BMI Awards Las Vegas, Nevada
Sep 9 2007 8:00P MTV VMA’s Las Vegas, Nevada
Sep 11 2007 8:00P B5 Album Release New York, New York
Sep 16 2007 8:00P 59th Primetime Emmy Awards Los Angeles, California
Sep 18 2007 8:00P The Dream Concert New York, New York
Sep 25 2007 8:00P Gorilla Zoe Album Release New York, New York
Sep 26 2007 8:00P 3rd Annual Clinton Global Initiative New York, New York
Sep 27 2007 8:00P 3rd Annual Clinton Global Initiative New York, New York
Sep 28 2007 8:00P 3rd Annual Clinton Global Initiative New York, New York
Oct 2 2007 8:00P Boyz N Da Hood Album Release New York, New York
Oct 3 2007 8:00P Vision Expo West Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct 4 2007 8:00P Vision Expo West Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct 5 2007 8:00P Vision Expo West Las Vegas, Nevada
Nov 6 2007 8:00P Elephant Man Album Release New York, New York
Nov 15 2007 8:00P 7th on Sale Party Hosted by Anna Wintour TBA
Dec 4 2007 8:00P Mario Winans Album Release New York, New York
Dec 18 2007 8:00P We Invented the Remix 2 Album Release New York, New York
Via JungleCity at BadBoyForever.com
There isn't much on it that I can see, but on the WPGC site
, it mentions that Yung Joc and Boyz N Da Hood will be on Big Tigger's Beltway Tour and to stay tuned to see where they're going to pop up.
For all of my B5 fan readers, I wanted to mention that I just did the interview with them a few minutes ago and it went great. I asked them 16 of your questions
(you'll have to wait and see which 16 :)) and the guys were great. So, lookout for that interview. I expect to publish it next week.
Diddy was the first to come out. He presented Terrence and Rocsi with Sean John shades. He talked about his BET Awards performance (his first performance at the BET Awards as an artist), his performance at the Princess Diana concert, his recent performance in South Africa, his kids, his breakup with Kim Porter (he said she's his best friend and it's not something he wants to go through, but he'll always love her).
After a video break, Mario Winans dropped by. They asked them what it's like in the studio when they're together. Diddy said it's magical and Mario said that he "always loves doing records with [his] brother". He called "Through the Pain (She Told Me)" "another passionate joint." And then Diddy introduced the video. Following with what I talked about recently
, he introduced the video as "Through the Pain, a.k.a. She Told Me, Dear Kim". The video was credited As "Through the Pain (She Told Me): Dear Kim".
What can I say about the video? It's a cool video, I like it a lot, as a fan. The video opens with Diddy and Mario riding in a car and Mario sings his opening part. And then, as the song progresses, they move to a club, to the front of the parked car in the city, in front of a woodgrain wall, etc. It has a good vibe and fits the song.
After the video was over, Diddy announced that the DVD for the second season of P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy
. It was released on July 17.
After a commercial break, Diddy announced B5, stopping to allow audience screaming and applause and then continuing, saying "not since the Beatles have a group come out that's gonna cause this much hysteria throughout the world."
Before they could introduce their record, Diddy interrupted and told everyone that radio stations around the country are "fronting on this record" and he encouraged all of the ladies to call in and request the record and if they don't play it, tell them that you are going to turn off your radio. B5 then introduced "Hydrolics".
After the video, Diddy encouraged everyone to vote the video onto the countdown and talked about Bad Boy's upcoming releases as well as the upcoming release of Sean John Ladies. He didn't say much except to say who was coming, which we already know about.
During the commercial, it mentioned a Screamfest 2007 special that will feature Yung Joc on 12:30 PM ET, but I missed the day. And that's it.
Yung Joc's Rap City appearance
was today, actually. So, either it got moved or I was told incorrectly. Anyway, I missed the first 10 minutes of it of the show, but I don't think I missed much, if anything of Joc's appearance. It seems like it may be over. Nothing noteworth except that, at the end, he mentioned "new movie" and then wouldn't give any other details.
Since I announced the official tracklisting
released by the label, I've been getting a few questions about the B5 track "All Over Again" which they have been performing, supposedly, introducing it as a cut from the new album. Yet, it wasn't on the tracklist.
You asked - I found out. I spoke with B5's manager, Jim McMahan, a few moments ago and he told me that the song has now been added to the album and the tracklisting has been changed. Here is the new, final tracklisting:
2. How You Not Gonna
3. Right to Left
4. Erika Kane
5. Got It Like That
6. Tear Drops
7. In My Bedroom
8. All Over Again
9. What it Do
10. No One Else
11. I Must Love Drama
12. So Incredible
13. Things I Would Do
14. Rockstar (Bonus Track)
I'm guessing that "I Must Love Drama" is the same as "Drama", "So Incredible" is the same as "Incredible" and "Things I Would Do" is the same as "Things I Do For My Girl". Besides "All Over Again", "How You Not Gonna" is the other new track.
Yung Joc's "Coffee Shop" is going up against Katharine McPhee's "Love Story" and The Kooks' "She Moves In Her Own Way" in MTV's latest edition of Battle of the Videos
. You can vote now
and up until July 23 at 3 PM ET. As of now, McPhee is in the lead with voting totals not being revealed.
Aubrey has launched a new MySpace
. It was announced via a MySpace bulletin that features what is presumably a picture of her maybe in the 3, 4, 5 age range getting out of what looks like a mini swimming pool and she's... well... naked. It's not that big a deal, but it struck me as kind of odd. Imagine you're an Aubrey fan and you happen to open up her bulletin while someone is walking by your screen... they might think you deal in child pornography. Maybe that's a little too serious as it's just a candid picture, but I wouldn't have used that one, if it was me.
Aubrey will be hosting, along with Jeremy Jackson, the Ed Hardy fashion show on July 20 at the Tentation Lounge in Newport Beach, CA. See the flier
The executive producers for "Don't Talk, Just Listen" are Diddy and Kevin Wales with Harve Pierre receiving a Co-Executive Producer credit.
Update: We are now closed to questions. Thank you!
Last call for questions for B5
. I'll be interviewing them at 12:30 PM ET on Friday, so I'll be closing to suggestions tomorrow. I'll only have 15 minutes with them, so I'll need to get my questions trimmed down big time, but I'll ask as many of your questions as I can.
It appears that Gorilla Zoe is blogging for WordOfSouth.com
. His first entry
talks about touring, his new Gangsta Grillz mixtape called "Hood N**** Diaries" (hosted by Block and DJ Drama) and he also mentions that he'll be on Screamfest 2007 (presumably to perform "Coffee Shop" with Yung Joc).
On 106 & Park
, T.I. mentioned a new venture, StreetCred.com
and also mentioned that Yung Joc has a "block" and Diddy has a "block". Blocks are just what they call the profile pages. Here's Diddy's
and here's Yung Joc's
Yung Joc was on 106 & Park today, along with T.I., Ciara and Lloyd (Terrence said that T-Pain missed his flight) to promote the Screamfest 2007 tour. He talked about his first tour (with T.I.), how you don't want to go over your set time on tour (unless you want to face a fine), how he was performing old school joints at last year's Scream Tour and how adults in the audience were moving to them, so he thinks they saw that they could grow the tour up a bit (don't take this the wrong way B5 fans!).
When Lloyd and Joc saw the newly remodeled 106 & Park set, they talked about having the album release party for "Hustlenomics" on the set. Terrence and Rocsi both said "why not?" Unlikely, but we'll see.
Despite what I said
, Yung Joc was not on today's Rap City. I wonder what happened there. Anyway, he's supposed to be on 106 & Park next, so we'll see.
Check out these lyrics from Keith Murray's new single "Nobody Do it Better":
... for those who don't know or forget
To make y'all happy with Mary J., who Puff came to get (me)
Then who he called for Total to make y'all see (me)
Then who he called again for Special Delivery (that a be me)
There's nothin you could tell me, I rocked every hole in the wall...
He's referring to the remixes of "Be Happy", "Can't You See" and "Special Delivery", respectively.
Watch the video for the song below.
Here is the single cover for Gorilla Zoe's "Hood Figga":
We are now closed to questions. Thank you.
Although it's not a given, it's very possible that I could sit down for an interview with Gorilla Zoe in the near future. So, in consideration of that, I wanted to put out a call to you to see if you had any questions for him. Please let me know in the comments section and suggest as many as you would like.
I appreciate any suggestions and I will take all of your question ideas into consideration if I do the actual interview. If you suggest a question that I can ask - I'll ask it! Thanks.
XXLmag.com has a part of their magazine feature of Yung Joc online
Best of all, he says, as he gears up to release his second album, Hustlenomics, this summer, he gets to do it the right way. “The first record,” says Joc, 24—who self-produced New Joc City’s second single, “I Know You See It,” out of necessity—“I was under a lot of pressure to turn an album around. I had to do the album so quick, I couldn’t really get with the big producers. A lot of the bigger producers thought I was gonna flop. They didn’t know me. ‘Okay, he got a hit record, but I don’t know him.’ I was reaching out to n***** to work on my album; n***** was not responding. They was like, ‘Nah, I can’t do it. Pay me X amount of dollars.’ Now, these same n***** call me for hooks, call me for beats, call me for verses. I’m not mad. I’m happy n***** ain’t jump on my bandwagon right off.”
XXLmag.com has a review
of "Back Up N Da Chevy.
The crew does manage to switch things up sonically when they enlist hook man of the moment T-Pain for the smooth strip-club ode “Table Dance.” But it’s the aggressive “Block Boyz” and the festive title track that rekindle the magic of “Dem Boyz.” Although not as strong without Jeezy, Boyz N Da Hood still manage to put in that work.
According to Jenn10 at the B5 forums
, B5 will be on 100.3 The Beat in Philadelphia
on July 18 at 7:30 PM and Power 105 in New York
on July 19 at 8:00 AM.
Watch below. Basically, updated release dates. Danity Kane was mentioned as Spring 2008. One interesting thing is that the mention of the Press Play Remixes album has been removed. Does this mean that the project has been scraped? Or, perhaps, combined with We Invented the Remix 2? I've got a request for comment in and will report back when/if I hear anything.
SOHH.com has a quick interview
with Boyz N Da Hood.
"Honestly, we didn't even want another member, but like he said, he just got in where he fit in," added Duke. "Jeezy had a one album deal with us. He had already had a solo situation with Def Jam and he used it to launch his career and that's what it did. We all have different elements that we bring to the group and Jeezy had his own element too. But we just doing it with us four now."
Via Theo in the forums
I just wanted to post a quick update on the B5 promo tour dates
that I posted the other day. Their official MySpace
has provided some clarification on some of the dates.
The August 2-3, 5-10, 12-14 and 17 dates will be part of the Russ Parr bus tour. August 4 will be at the Six Flags in Atlanta. August 18 will be a radio appearance at WERQ
. August 25 will be a radio appearance at WWWZ
in Charleston, South Carolina. And August 26 will be an instore at AAFES
at Fort Hood in Killeen, TX.
Not sure of the date of this interview, but it was posted on Tim Westwood's YouTube channel
on June 28. It's an interview with Diddy where he talks about growing up, the early stages of his career and beyond. Worth a watch.
has an interview with rapper Pudgee Tha Phat B****** who, way back when, had Biggie and Lord Tariq on his test press only release of "Think Big".
A few weeks ago, a well-known digging related website reviewed your 12” “think big”, which features notorious big as well as lord tariq. As far as I remember, this had to be recorded short after “party and b*******” came out, so Biggie wasn’t that big - how did you get in contact with him and finally get him on that track?
I knew Biggie for quite some time becasue we were both up and coming lyricists on the grind. A friend of mine, 9Hawk - who used to road manage Big Daddy Kane - put me on to him. We used to speak all the time and I had been Tupac's friend since he danced for Digital Underground so the song was bound to happen – I called him and I told him I wanted him on the song. He said he would come to the studio and I still paid him cause I had a deal. The only song he had out at the time was party and b*******.
Via big_tig at Notorious Online
In an interview
, Foxy Brown called Babs her "right hand" saying she doesn't go anywhere without her. From watching those short clips, it looks like Foxy and Babs have really developed a very good friendship. Good stuff. Babs participates in the interview, as well.
Via MA$E MURDER at BadBoyForever.com
Here is the single cover for Press Play's 4th single "Through the Pain":
It's a nice cover, I think. It fits the song with a somber look and the streaks of rain representing tears, if you wish.
Here is a clip from the next episode of Making the Band 4:
Listen to it
on her MySpace.
From a bulletin on her MySpace
SO IM SO EXCITED GUYS.....MY B DAY IS NEAR AND IM GOING HOME TO THE N.O. .....If you are in New Orleans July 19th 2007.Come party with me!!!
828 South Peters.......Republic Nightclub!!!
starts at 10:30 until...
It's morning at the house. The new guys are getting acquainted with the old guys. Nothing odd happens, really. A little coldness in a conversation or two, but that's about it.
We get another June and Robert phone call with her asking if he's been calling anyone. After he says he's gotta go, June tells him that he doesn't have to worry about the relationship because it's over.
Ankh Ra is back at the house and he organizes the guys into groups he's selected. They are:
Eric, DeAngelo, Andrae, Brian A.
Jeremy, Qwanell, Brian H., Julius
Donnie, Jonathan, Willie, Curtiss
Carlos, Armando, Devin, Michael
Dyshon, Robert, Jeremic, Dan
Once again, they are given a list of songs to choose from. Robert's group is slow to pick due to his indecision. When it comes to them to pick a song, they have no answer and they say they need more time.
Ankh reminds them that they will be judged on everything, not just singing, but appearance, dancing, etc.
B5 was on JAM'N 94.5 in Medford, MA this morning. The station site has pictures
(scroll down to the "Missed It Or Want To Hear It Again" section).
via ALEETHA (Lilangel0312).
I've been reading some fan speculation that "Big Girls Don't Cry" could be added to the album (here's some
), now that Jordan's album has been pushed back. This isn't happening. "Big Girls Don't Cry" will not be released on Jordan's album.
I just thought that I would post an update on the AOL Breakers
voting for the "Southern Comfort" category, which features B5. B5's total has come back to earth a bit, but they still hold a commanding lead with 66% of the vote. Hurricane Chris has 21% with Plies picking up the rear, with 13%.
Yung Joc will be on BET on Rap City on the 18th, as well. So, he'll be on Rap City and 106
on the same day.
Yung Joc will be on 106 & Park on Wednesday, July 18 to promote the Scream Tour.
Thursday, July 19 will be Bad Boy day on BET's 106 & Park. Diddy and B5 will be on hand and, from what I've been told, they'll be playing Bad Boy videos for much of the show. They'll be premiering both "Through the Pain" and "Hydrolics".
Someone also told me that the video for "Through the Pain" is very specifically directed at Kim Porter, in light of recent events
. The song itself was written, obviously, no earlier than Summer 2006. So, we'll have to take a good look at the video to see what, if any, subtle messages it contains.
MTV has an article covering the break up talk
So basically, at the end of the day, the situation breaks down thusly: One member of DK believes that two other members have left to pursue solo careers, while those same two members maintain that they haven't left the group at all. Meanwhile, the two other members, Shannon Bex and Aundrea Fimbres, have kept quiet on the matter.
And in all, it doesn't sound like there's been a whole lot of communicating going on in the Danity camp lately. And while MTV News' second request for comment on the situation were unanswered by Atlantic at press time, it seems like most of the group's fans are beginning to resign themselves to the fact that DK may be dead...
D. Woods has a blog post on her MySpace
talking about the Danity Kane break up rumors. It's a lot of stuff (i.e. implying things like ... someone on the inside (Danity Kane member?) didn't hang up their phone fast enough when talking to her and said something nasty without realizing that she was listening), so I'd recommend giving it a read through. Here is, perhaps, the most important part:
I wont go into what was heard but i will say that my time as a member of DK has been a rocky rollercoaster with blows coming from all angles. But i have enjoyed it, gave my all, added to my artistry, met alot of great people, and have seen alot of things. I've been blessed to be a founding member of this group, so NO i havent left. I have extended myself in many ways and have been up front and inclusive about everything i've done since joining Danity Kane. I havent left the group, and when the time comes for us to pursue our other desires it will be in a much more professional manner.
If you listen closely to the end of this video
, you hear some music that we haven't heard before. It starts after the finish of a normal sounding "Diddy Rock" track. Is this an alternate mix of "Diddy Rock"? Total speculation, so don't run with it or anything. But, I've contacted someone to ask. I'll report back when I hear something.
Makes sense, for the most part. Not sure about the college degree part. I guess it's one way to weed people out. As I mentioned
, I would have given this a shot if I didn't have my own company. But, even if that was the case, I don't have a college degree - I skipped college to start my own company, so I wouldn't be able to, anyway. :)
After the mixes messages
sent by Aubrey and Dawn yesterday, there was a second statement from Dawn's MySpace
about an hour ago.
Sorry you guys were so confused!!hahahaha Danity Kane is together. We are good. We are supporting each other in all we do.
THANK YOU SO MUCH
AND PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT
Sean "Diddy" Combs has been announced as a headlining act during the second annual Thisday Festival, which takes place in Lagos, Nigeria. Combs will perform alongside artists like Shakira, John Legend, UB-40, Kelly Rowland and others. The two-day concert takes place July 14-15 at the ThisDay Events Center and is presented by Leaders & Company, publishers of ThisDay newspapers.
Via Theo in the forums
Yung Joc was on The Tonight Show just now, joining T-Pain to perform his verse on "Buy U A Drink". He didn't come out until it was actually time to do his verse and he left once his verse was finished, but he put in a solid performance. I noticed that he wasn't wearing his Hustlenomics chain, though - he was wearing one shaped like a shield. Not sure what was on it.
Odd. There were two MySpace bulletins sent out from Danity Kane member official profiles earlier today inside of 3 hours of each other and they didn't seem to be on the same wavelength.
The first statement came from Dawn Richard's MySpace
To answer all the rumors thats been out there about Aubrey and D. Woods pursuing their solo careers. We support them in their decision. However, myself, Aundrea, and Shannon are choosing to continue in our efforts to make Danity Kane the best for our fans who love us and what we represent AND the respect we have for our group.
THANK YOU SO MUCH
AND PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT
The second, from Aubrey O'Day's
Once again I would like to put to rest absurd rumors. I love being a member of Danity Kane and have always been down with DK musically.
I’m looking forward to a second DK album and I totally support all members of DK in all of their endeavors.
They aren't absurd when you say things
that make it look like it might happen. If she was joking around, fine... but, when you do that, people are going to believe you. So, it's not absurd. But, we'll have to see how this develops.
Update: We are now closed to questions. Thank you!
Although it's not a given, it's very possible that I'll be sitting down for an interview with B5 in the near future. So, in preparation for that, I wanted to put out a call to you to see if you had any questions for them. Please let me know in the comments section and suggest as many as you would like. If you'd like me to ask a specific member of the group a certain question, please specify who.
I appreciate any suggestions and I will take all of your question ideas into consideration for the actual interview, assuming it happens. If you suggest a question that I can ask - I'll ask it! Thanks.
B5 will be going on a promo tour starting at the beginning of August. The specific locations, venues, etc. are not yet set/being released, but I thought that some would like to know how it is slated city wise:
Aug 2 - Detroit
Aug 3 - Detroit
Aug 4 - Atlanta
Aug 5 - Cleveland
Aug 6 - Cleveland
Aug 7 - Dayton
Aug 8 - Indianapolis
Aug 9 - Louisville
Aug 10 - Cincinnati
Aug 11 - Memphis
Aug 12 - Macon
Aug 13 - Macon
Aug 14 - Raleigh
Aug 15 - Charlotte
Aug 16 - Richmond
Aug 17 - DC
Aug 18 - Baltimore
Aug 20 - Chicago
Aug 21 - St. Louis
Aug 22 - Kansas City
Aug 23 - Tulsa
Aug 24 - Dallas
Aug 25 - Charleston
Aug 26 - Killeen, TX
Aug 27 - Houston
Aug 28 - Beaumont/Baton Rouge
Aug 29 - New Orleans
Aug 30 - Mobile
Aug 31 - Jackson, MS
Sept 1 - Birmingham
Sept 4 - NYC
Sept 5 - Baltimore/DC
Sept 6 - DC
Sept 7 - Norfolk
Sept 8 - Atlanta
Sept 9 - Atlanta
Sept 10 - NYC
Sept 11 - NYC/Atlanta
Sept 12 - Atlanta
Sept 13 - Huntsville/Nashville
Sept 14 - Augusta
Sept 15 - Atlanta
Sept 17 - WEST COAST PROMO
Sept 18 - WEST COAST PROMO
Sept 19 - WEST COAST PROMO
Sept 20 - WEST COAST PROMO
Sept 21 - WEST COAST PROMO
Sept 22 - WEST COAST PROMO
Listen to it through one of the links below. I like Joc's verse.
Windows Media Player
Clizbeats.com has the first
of a mini-series with Jordan McCoy called Jordan's Journey. It seems to be an interview series. Nothing too, too noteworthy in this first one, but it's worth a listen for fans.
24dash.com has this quote from Kim Porter
on the split
, attributing it to a statement issued to Entertainment Tonight.
"After 10 years, I have decided to end my on-again/off-again relationship with Sean 'Diddy' Combs.
"In ending this relationship, I made a decision that was in the best interests of myself, Sean and our family. I look forward to moving on with my life and my career, and wish him prosperity, health and happiness in life and in love. We will remain friends and committed parents to our children."
I just watched it. He was there to promote Making the Band 4, basically. But, they spent most of the time joking around. Diddy talked about when he takes vacations, he talked about his talks, about how he had just had shots in preparation of concert he's going to be doing in Nigeria shortly. He said that he's thinking that 3-4 people will end up in the Making the Band 4 group. He also mentioned that, as a kid, his mother would send him to live with an Amish family for the summer. It was a positive experience and he praised the Amish as having a lot of love for each other. That was most of it.
TMZ has video
of Aubrey O'Day from Danity Kane where they mention the "Pussycat Dolls" thing and she doesn't deny it, she just says that they aren't supposed to know about that.
Back when the Aubrey pregnancy rumors
were floating around, Diddy was on with Miss Jones on HOT 97 and he mentioned something to the extent of "I haven't even looked at that girl for more than 10 minutes." At the time, I thought it sounded a little negative (and was a bit of a slip up on Diddy's part). Apparently, it struck a nerve as Aubrey throws it back at him in this video. When asked if she has anything to say about Puffy, she says that she has nothing to say that she hasn't looked at him for more than 10 minutes, "isn't that what he said about me?"
If you noticed, in the most recent release dates
, Danity Kane has been removed. So, that could be meaningful. We'll see.
On the other hand, at the release party for T.I.'s new album, Dawn sounded pretty happy about everything
, including the group doing a new reality show on MTV focusing on their professional life, how hard it is to be in the industry, etc. She also mentioned them talking about working with Timbaland, Pharrell and Justin Timberlake. So, maybe Aubrey is just having a little fun with people, like she did when she staged that pregnancy test hoax.
Via diddy dav at BadBoyForever.com
Here's something new from Ness - it's called "Got It Like That". Listen to it in our audio player on the middle right part of this page.
That's pretty cool, actually. Will be interesting to see if someone from YouTube gets chosen.
It'll be in Van Nuys, CA on July 14. See here
Diddy will be on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight at 11:35 PM ET. On the site, he's listed
as a guest with no song associated. So, he shouldn't be performing.
The DVD portion of the album sports behind-the-scenes footage and "making-of" segment on "Coffee Shop."
Watch below. It features cameos from Yung Joc and Block.
Yung Joc will be perfoming "Buy U A Drink" with T-Pain on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on July 12. The show starts at 11:30 PM ET.
Here is a statement from Jordan McCoy on the delay of the release of "Just Watch Me":
hey, thanks for the mail on my release date. January 15th for the complete album. We just need more time to work the single. I need your help! there is a link on top of my page that takes u directly to radio requests thru ur email:
you can also click on it from my page, "click here to request me on radio."
We need as many requests as possible, please! It would really help me a lot!
pushing the album back gives me more time to work the single, and get our video finished and on the air. sorry for you guys, but here is a link to snippets of the album for you to check out. let me know what you think!
You can buy my single, "Just Watch Me," on itunes.com and walmart.com. show ur support and get it, please. we really need everyone using the radio requests for me. try out the banner and let me know how you like it. thanks for ur continued encouragement and support! love&peace, Jordan McCoy <33
If you go to the Atlantic Records site
, you can listen to snippets of Jordan's upcoming debut album, "Just Watch Me". The tracklisting has remained the same as we reported in January
Actually, this song
is a new single from DJ Pharris called "See It 4 Ya Self" featuring Yung Joc, Jim Jones and Bump J. Listen it to on his MySpace
I'm sorry to hear this
Diddy and girlfriend Kim Porter are splitting up, just months after she gave birth to twin girls, the couple announced Tuesday (July 10), according to The Associated Press. In a recent cover story in Essence, the two declared love for each other, although he admitted he was an "ex-player" and wasn't ready to marry Porter. "Do you really think that God meant for a man to have just one wife?" he said in the magazine. Diddy and Porter already had a son when he was seeing Jennifer Lopez, but Diddy eventually reunited with his former girlfriend, even after she took him to court seeking increased child-support payments.
This track is actually a DJ Pharris single
Listen to it at AllHipHop.com
. It is not slated to be on Hustlenomics
I don't know if this is an official remix or not, but you can listen to it at AllHipHop.com
Here is the updated, tentative release schedule:
8/28/07 - "Hustlenomics" by Yung Joc.
9/11/07 - "Don't Talk, Just Listen" by B5.
9/25/07 - "Welcome to the Zoo" by Gorilla Zoe.
10/02/07 - "Back Up N Da Chevy" by Boyz N Da Hood.
11/06/07 - "Let's Get Physical" by Elephant Man.
12/04/07 - TBA by Mario Winans.
12/18/07 - "We Invented the Remix 2" by TBA.
1/15/08 - "Just Watch Me" by Jordan McCoy.
1/22/08 - TBA by Cheri Dennis.
2/12/08 - TBA by Cassie.
So, Yung Joc remains the same, B5 gets pushed up one week and everyone else gets pushed back, except for Mario Winans, who is given the same date he had previously
(before it was removed
Boyz N Da Hood isn't really a surprise since we are within a month of their release date and they haven't released a video. I am surprised at Elephant Man because he's been doing press and he just released a video (granted, it hasn't caught on... but, he's Elephant Man, he has a niche audience, he doesn't sell big numbers). Jordan was in a similar boat to Boyz N Da Hood as we were getting close to a month away and they haven't even shot a video, yet alone released one. But, being pushed to January? That is definitely a ways away and will negate some of the impact of her recent radio tour. Maybe her album will be shuffled a bit and/or she'll pick a new single. We'll have to see.
Updating a previous story
, you can now vote for B5 (going up against Plies and Hurricane Chris) in the Southern Comfort category at AOL Breakers
. As of this moment, B5 controls 87% of the vote with Hurricane Chris a distant second at 10% and Plies way back at 3%.
Besides Michael reminding us who was cut last week
, the first thing we see is Lewis (a.k.a. Dre, according to the caption) talking about how he was worried during the concert at B.B. King's because he was sick and, in his opinion, his voice was the worst one that night. But, he gave it his all and he thinks that is why he's still here. He's got to get his voice together, he says.
The next TV day, Michael Bivins shows up and sits down to talk to them all. He tells Chris that he "thought he showed up. You was on key. You didn't hear that nervousness." He says that Diddy was really happy with their effort and that's probably why he cut 4 instead of 10. He then asks Lewis what was wrong with his voice and Lewis tells him. Bivins says that he thought he was going to be cut because Diddy's not giving anyone any passes. He then announces that Diddy wants the judges to go back out and fill those 4 empty beds.
Diddy: "One thing about me: I don't know if I'm ever satisfied. In this situation, I'm still not satisfied with the talent that we have for this season. So, I'm gonna send the dream team on the road to find me some more talent. Stay tuned: this is gonna get interesting."
Watch it here
. Watch a supposed rough draft with some differences below.
Watch below. It looks promising.
Via MA$E MURDER at BadBoyForever.com
According to antiMusic
, Elephant Man is featured, alongside Wyclef Jean and Tony Matterhorn, on the new He Yao Sun single "China Wine".
Unfortunately, I will not be doing a Making the Band 4 liveblog tonight. Sorry! I've been sick since the night before last and I want to watch The Bronx is Burning
. However, I will be taping the episode and will watch it and do a recap as soon as I can.
Thank you for visiting Bad Boy Blog.
Show_Stopper on idolforums.com had posted
that Jordan had "confirmed" that Diddy would be doing a "dance remix" of "Just Watch Me."
I've confirmed this with Jordan's management. The remix is 6:40 long as it stands now. The only new artist added to it is Diddy on the ad libs, but that could change.
Also, they hope to film the video for "Just Watch Me" before the 19th.
The Elephant Man song "Bring It" is featured on "Raggae Gold 2007"
, put out by VP Records, the label that Bad Boy entered into a joint venture with to sign him. Check out the site for the album
and listen to a clip at Amazon.com
Starpulse News Blog notes
that the song is expected to be on "Let's Get Physical".
From The Independent
Consider, for example, his description of hip-hop impresario P Diddy, with whom he launched a hugely successful cologne last year: "He's a unique business. He's a celebrity. He's a brand. He's a cultural movement. What I mean by that is that anyone under 35 years old listens to R&B and hip-hop music. Whether he is the most talented musician or not, he is at the epicentre of the creation of that world. Young people view him as a lifestyle."
He goes on: "In a funny sort of way, he's the hip-hop Ralph Lauren. Because many, many years ago, Ralph Lauren created a brand and a lifestyle that people sort of aspired to be part of. [P Diddy] is modern-day aspiration."
Jordan McCoy will be performing on StageZ
tomorrow. It's a 24 hour concert dedicated to "climate protection".
Via iluvanthonyf at idolforums.com
The executive producers on "Let's Get Phyiscal" will be Diddy, Chris Chin, Harve Pierre and Willie Daniels.
The executive producers on "Hustlenomics" will be Russell "Block" Spender and Diddy with Harve Pierre as Co-Executive Producer and Conrad "Rad" Dimance as Associate Executive Producer.
The executive producers on Gorilla Zoe's album will be Block and Diddy with with Harve Pierre and Rico Brooks as Co-Executive Producers and Conrad "Rad" Dimance as Associate Executive Producer.
Diddy's MySpace reports
that "Last Night" has been nominated in the Teen Choice Awards in the Choice Music: R&B Track category, while "Buy U A Drink" by T-Pain featuring Yung Joc has been nominated in the Choice Music: Rap/Hip-Hop Track category. If you are a teenager, you can vote now
They will be on Fox on Sunday, August 26 at 8 PM ET.
Via JungleCity at BadBoyForever.com
From the press release
The Tricks & Triumphs of Success: How to Make Power Moves Without Sacrificing Your Spirituality--on July 14 at the Doubletree Hotel (1515 Rhode Island Avenue) in Washington, DC features keynote Derek Ferguson of Bad Boy Entertainment Worldwide and addresses several major concerns including: making power moves without selling your soul, what happens when you're rich and miserable, tips for succeeding without compromising your integrity, how to be a Godly example without saying a word, and money, power, and legacy building in the church and community.
Derek Ferguson is the Chief Financial Officer of the Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group ("BBWEG") including Bad Boy Records, Justin's Restaurants, Blue Flame Marketing, Sean John Clothing, Daddy's House Recording, Bad Boy Films, Janice Combs Publishing, Janice Combs Management, Janice Combs Music and Daddy's House Social Programs--generating over $300mm. Mr. Ferguson is responsible for business development, business planning and forecasting, and the financial operations of the Bad Boy family of companies. Mr. Ferguson is a 1990 graduate of Harvard Business School, and one of the youngest graduates of Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
To find out more, or to purchase a ticket ($60.00), check out the Better Living Series
The New York Post mentions
that "A Raisin in the Sun" could air on ABC as early as February.
... it's believed that the combination of a star vehicle featuring Diddy, the February sweeps and the fact that February is Black History Month may be behind ABC's decision to hold the movie until then.
They quote a "studio source" who has viewed the rough cut of the film as saying "it's turned out remarkable".
The 5th Annual Texas Summer Music Conference (TXSMC) will honor Memphis rap veterans Eightball & MJG during this year's event taking place in Dallas, Texas this weekend.
Via JungleCity at BadBoyForever.com
I just finished watching Access Granted. Just some random thoughts, details and reaction...
I like the video. I'd say it's my favorite B5 video thus far, actually. It centers around a mock B5 dance rehearsal in an industrial area with cut scenes of them singing and dancing in front of cars, with ladies, with Bow Wow and in computer generated scenes/backgrounds. Bow Wow does his verses similarly - mostly either with B5 or around/in a car with a girl. Yung Joc had a quick cameo in it, as well.
Kevin Wales talked about how he discovered B5 and how they reminded him of New Edition, the Jackson 5 and ABC. He called Diddy his "go to guy" - whenever he gets something he thinks is hot, he goes to Diddy. Diddy fell in love with B5 and they were signed. According to Bow Wow, Diddy called him up to do the track, saying that they needed him on the record.
I was just sent the official tracklisting for "Don't Talk, Just Listen" and I wanted to go ahead and confirm that it is the same one that I outlined previously
based on a previous review. That is:
1. No One Else
2. Hydrolics featuring Bow Wow and Diddy
4. In My Bedroom
5. Got It Like That
6. Right 2 Left
7. Things I Do For My Girl
8. What It Do
10. Erika Cain
11. Tear Drops
12. Rock Star
Here is the official tracklisting for "Hustlenomics" with features.
1. Hustlenomics (Intro)
2. Play Your Cards
3. Coffee Shop featuring Gorilla Zoe
4. Bottle Poppin' featuring Gorilla Zoe
5. Hell Yeah featuring Diddy
6. Cut Throat featuring The Game, Jim Jones and Block
7. Hustlemania (Skit)
8. I'm A G featuring Bun B and Young Dro
10. Pak Man
11. Getting To Da Money featuring Mike Carlito
12. Brand New featuring Snoop Dogg and Rick Ross
13. Living the Life featuring Southern Girl
14. Momma featuring Jazze Pha
15. Chevy Smile featuring Trick Daddy, Block and Jazze Pha
Bonus Track: Block Boy featuring Block
The key differences between this one and the one released by XXL
are as follows:
Diddy featured on "Hell Yeah" (yeah!). "BYOB" no longer listing Pharrell as a featured artist. He might still be featured on the track. I suspect "Living the Life" is "Livin' It Up", but you never know. Finally, the removal of "Thugg Love" and addition of "Block Boy" as a bonus track, which I mentioned
as a possibility the day before yesterday.
I was just sent the latest tracklisting for "Back Up N Da Chevy" and it is as follows:
1. Everybody Know Me
2. Bite Down
3. Say What's On Your Mind
4. Nothing Is Promised featuring Yung Joc
5. We Ready featuring Yung Joc
6. Choppas featuring Ice Cube
7. Block Boyz featuring T-Rok, Alfa Mega, Yung Joc and Durty
9. We Ridin'
10. Paper featuring Rick Ross
11. Back Up N Da Chevy
12. Table Dance featuring T-Pain
13. We Thuggin'
14. No Haters Allowed
This differs from the one Billboard mentioned
in that T-Pain is featured on "Table Dance" instead of Rick Ross and "No Haters Allowed" has been added in place of "Hood Laws".
Watch below. It features cameos from Block, Jody Breeze, Big Duke, Big Gee (Boyz N Da Hood), Yung Joc, 8 Ball and DJ Drama.
Via MA$E MURDER at BadBoyForever.com
We've talked about this before
(although, not for more than a year now), but Killer Mike was asked about the rumors about him going to Bad Boy in a HipHopGame.com interview
and this is what he said:
There were rumors that you were going to Bad Boy.
I was. I really wanted to. I never went back to ask Puff for the deal after I left Purple Ribbon. Puff really was the person who gave me a lot of confidence to do exactly what you've been hearing out of me on Pledge and what you're going to hear on 16. I felt like Puff had his own lane. The months that we f***** around and hung out, it really motivated me and inspired me to do what I do. It wasn't a lot, but it was enough. I had seen the success of Yung Joc and Boyz N Da Hood and I was excited to see that but I felt like he was handled badly.
I'm not going to name names because that's not right, but there were four people involved in the Puffy situation. It was me, my manager and two heads of the label. Puff was lied to and he wasn't handled honestly. I didn't have the control to say what was happening. I did tell Puff if he was going to make an aggressive move, he had to do it now. He didn't do it because nobody wants to ruin relationships. I felt like he was dragged around because people were arguing over $70-80,000. It left a bad taste in my mouth. I couldn't put myself back in a situation where I look dishonorable. That's why I'm not on Bad Boy.
Puff, I'm sorry for that. I'm sorry you got d***** around. I'm sorry you got bulls******.
Take it for what it's worth, obviously. Hard to get a handle on what he's talking about, exactly.
Via JungleCity at BadBoyForever.com
With your questions
in mind, I interviewed Jordan McCoy. Her debut album, "Just Watch Me", is slated for an August 14 release.
Jenn and Kristen asked: So, how'd you like your first radio tour? Was it what you expected?
I LOVED it!! I really didn't even know what to expect before I went into it... but, it was a ton of fun.
Jenn asked: Did you have any favorite stops or cities that you'd like to visit again when not touring?
I think all the cities were pretty cool and different. I can't wait to come do performances in all of them.
Jenn asked: Did anything strange or unusual happen during the tour?
Of course!! My life always has something strange and unusual going on! Haha. In Kentucky, Carol Channing was in our hotel lobby, so I met her and performed for her! It was awesome.
hellomagazin.com has the story and pictures
. According to Times Online
, he may also be eying a Formula One racing team.
Is P. Diddy planning to buy a Formula One team?
Apparently so. The rapper made the announcement to guests at a dinner to launch his new perfume, Unforgiven. “It seemed to be more than bravado on his part,” reports one guest, adding that Diddy had previously spent much of the evening huddled in a corner with Lewis Hamilton, the youthful British racing star. Still, Diddy is known for being an impulsive chap. Pink-and-gold pimpmobiles may indeed roar around Silverstone. Alternatively, he may end up with a bling Scalextric.
The articles both mention that he's launching his new fragrance, "Unforgiven"... but, I'm thinking this is just Unforgiveable as there would be more press if he was actually launching a new fragrance.
According to Your Local Guardian
, Diddy booked a corporate box at Wimbledon for July 2 after attempting to get the royal box, which is invitation only.
SOHH.com has more
on the "Life After Death" movie
"Basically, it's a poorly kept secret that D-Roc always kept a video camera with him when he was with Big. It was kinda his own personal diary. I don't think he ever meant to release the tapes," said Maiya. "He contacted me and wanted to straighten out the story [concerning the shooting] because it was making Kim look dumb, like she lied for no reason and was making Gutter and D-Roc just look like criminals. To this day, nobody knows why [Lil'] Cease took the stand against them. He was telling press that he didn't tell the police anything they didn't already know but D-Roc and Gutter are in jail for a shooting that there was no weapon for."
Via Theo in the forums
B5 manager Jim McMahan dropped this bomb in the B5 forums
B5's access granted is thurs july 5th as we are told by the label !! B5 should be on 106 & park next week to deliver their "Hydrolic" video and we need all of you to vote to make it #1!!!! We had a 40+ city tour with Aly & Aj scheduled for the summer and the label insisted that B5 do the "Scream Tour"! we passed on aly & aj's tour and now are told that "TI" has decided B5 shouldnt be on the tour. We dont agree but its not our decision. So at this point B5 has no schedule yet! I will let you know soon on what the schedule will be! Probably aug-sept promo tour.
It's a shame that happened as it'll make it harder to promote their album. But, that's how it works sometimes, I guess. If "Hydrolics" is a hit, though - they shouldn't have a problem setting up a new tour.
shows that B5 will be on Access Granted on July 5 at 8:00 PM.
Jordan McCoy will be on the Target Book Festival
on September 15 in Boston and September 22 in Chicago.
There is a remix of "Five-0" floating around that features Wyclef, Swizz Beatz, Joc and VP Records' artist Assassin. It sounds pretty genuine, but it doesn't seem to be out there, yet. I'll post when I know more...
CD Universe is listing
a "Music Video Interactive Disc" version of "Hustlenomics" with "Block Boy" listed as a bonus track.
If CD Universe
is any indication, "Let's Get Physical" will have a Japanese bonus track. Take it with a grain of salt.
B5 will be featured in the next round of AOL Breakers
. Voting will begin on July 15.
The Dallas Morning News has an interview
with Carl Thomas.
Although many fans and insiders have speculated that the tepid promotion of Let's Talk About It prompted the move, Mr. Thomas characterizes the parting of ways as a business move, not one fueled by animosity or conflict with its founder, Sean "Diddy" Combs. ...
"Bad Boy has been good to me, but when you have a company doing everything for you, you're not necessarily the responsible artist that you could be.
"We have never had any real problems," Mr. Thomas says of his relationship with Mr. Combs, "and as a matter of fact, I made sure that he was one of the very first people to have a copy of my new album. He said that this is what my fans have been waiting for, and he likes it a lot."
Diddy will be hosting a party tonight (doors open at 9:00 PM) at The Whitehouse in Hampton Bays, NY. You can buy tickets online
for $50 each. Newsday.com has a story
on it. See the flier below.
Diddy starts the show by saying that it's time for some guys to get out of the house. He's going to have them perform at B.B. King's in New York.
Robert talks about June, his girlfriend of 1 year (4 years "unofficially", he says). He talks about calling her and not being able to reach her and wondering what she's up to. He finally leaves a message, saying that she better have a good reason for not answering his calls all day. He thinks she's at a party (with her ex-boyfriend) and if so, it's over. He talked about how she'd done it before and he forgave her.
Donnie tells him to stay focused on making the band. Robert says it helped him, reminded him of what he was here for. Robert heads to bed. Later, Donnie comes in and wakes Robert to tell him that June has called him back. They get into an argument and he hangs up on her.
So, now everyone heads to bed and we're shown them all sleeping. Uh oh... here comes Diddy at 2:00 AM. He starts clapping and waking them up. One of them is sleeping really heavy. Diddy sits down on his bed and Diddy gets closer to him and wakes him up gently... asking him if he's alright. Hilarious.
Watch the eletronic press kit (EPK) for Puff Daddy's "Forever" below. A nice blast from the past, to be sure.
Just a reminder: I'll be liveblogging tonight's episode of Making the Band 4 tonight at 10:00 PM ET (on MTV), just as I have with episode 1
and episode 2
. So, if you're watching it, please feel free to stop by and comment. Thanks.
Listen to it on her MySpace
No, not Prince, but Prince Harry and Prince William. He had this to say
"They were just appreciative that I came. They loved the performance and they told me how they were fans and wondered how I worked so much. It was a great conversation."
Yung Joc has done many things to stand out as an artist. From his trademark flow, to his giant H chain, he has no limits on being different. Joc has now taken it a step further, as he’s gone old school with his hairstyle, rocking the infamous “Gumby” cut.
Via Theo in the forums
Diddy came out, alone in front of the big screen (but was joined by a choir to his sides and a string orchestra on a separate stage), in a white suit with a black tie to perform "I'll Be Missing You". It was very similar to the version performed for the Wal-Mart Soundcheck, except for the comments related to Princess Diana, of course. Perfect song for the event, of course, and the crowd was into it, of course.
After it was over, one of the co-host's said she "didn't expect Diddy to be that good." lol. She said that usually his performances in the U.K. are more in tune with "his roots". I didn't hear her say anything like that about any of the other performers, so that was a wee bit surprising.
Diddy did a quick backstage interview before his performance where he talked about Princess Diana, saying that she was the definition of a Princess in his eyes. On how he got involved, he said that the Princes called his publicist and he was glad to accept. He said that this is their country (the U.K.), they're royalty in this country and he's royalty in his country. heh
Finally, as an aside, Cassie came on the big screen behind the performers during Kanye West's set, while he was performing "Stronger".
that Diddy will perform "I'll Be Missing You" at today's Concert For Diana
. In the article, Diddy is also quoted as saying "I can relate because of Biggie. I'm gonna feel real good remembering him and Di."
It's on VH1
and I've been watching it. An hour in, no Diddy, yet. Once he performs, I'll have my reactions up.