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BallerStatus.com interviews Cheri Dennis
BallerStatus.com: During my research, I noticed a lot of your fans were wondering who produced your track, "Wrapped Around Me." Some people thought it was Timbaland or Missy.
Cheri Dennis: That track was produced by Missy, but it didn't make the album. The song is really old and has been on the internet for a long time, so when we had to scale down the album. We had so many records, but it just economically didn't make sense. Just in terms of timespan, it didn't make sense to keep a lot of the old records that had been on [leaked] on internet.
Donnie will be performing at Space 550
in San Francisco tonight.
... "Everything is great man...[they] calling me a fugitive, saying I'm on the run…come on, man," Joc said. "That's [fugitive] a powerful word though, that's a strong word. My situation was a mishap. I ain't supposed to talk about it…but hell, I'm keepin it real.
"They're slandering my character all over everywhere, I'm a 'fugitive on the run,'" Joc continued. "Get the hell out of here, man. Listen, I ain't know it was on me, I didn't even have the bag the whole trip. Boom. That's why I wasn't charged with federal charges."
Our surprise interview is with Roc-A-Fella Records rapper Beanie Sigel. Beans just released his fourth album, "The Solution"
, on December 11. Many may not realize it, but he's worked with Bad Boy or with Bad Boy artists on a number of tracks, including the remix to Black Rob's "Whoa", "If I Should Die Before I wake" from Biggie's "Born Again", the remix to 112's "Dance With Me" and "Journey Through the Life" from Diddy's sophomore effort, "Forever".
His most recent work with a Bad Boy artist is what caught my attention, however. He brought Diddy along to sing the hook on "Shake It For Me" (originally labeled "Pass the Patron") a song that also features Ghostface Killah, another artist that has collaborated with Bad Boy a few times, and Peedi Crakk. It marks just the second time that Diddy has seriously attempted to sing on a track, following the top 10 hit "Last Night". The song is interesting in that, at first, it can be difficult to recognize that the voice you are hearing belongs to Combs.
In the interview, we talk about his initial connection with Bad Boy, his thoughts on posthumous Biggie albums and his work with Bad Boy, including "Shake It for Me".
Yung Joc has released the following statement
in response to recent events
I have the utmost respect for the laws of this country and would never deliberately commit an act that would jeopardize my freedom, my family, or my career. I've worked very hard to achieve my goals, and it's unfortunate that this current situation has garnered more attention than the many donations I've made and the charitable work I've done with various organizations.
I'm proud to be a citizen of America, where we are taught to believe that every person is afforded the presumption of innocence. That being said, I have full respect for the judicial system and its due process. I look forward to resolving this situation and moving forward to a positive and prosperous 2008. Best wishes to you and your families in the New Year. Thank you.
You can listen to it on her MySpace
Check out this interview with Felix Da Housecat
He was involved in P Diddy's abandoned dance album, and alleges he wasn't credited for contributing to the salvaged Last Night, a US smash. Yet he still talks to Diddy.
HipHopDX.com is reporting
that Atlantic Records has decided to drop it's support and distribution of Block Entertainment. Officially, it was under the Bad Boy Records umbrella, but as Bad Boy is distributed through Atlantic, so is Block Entertainment. They note, however, that this is an unconfirmed report and I've requested comment myself.
This would not be much of a surprise if not for the timing, seeing as it wasn't that long ago that "Back Up N Da Chevy", "Welcome to the Zoo" and "Hustlenomics" were released. Even if you were done releasing albums from them, you'd want to stick with them a little while longer, officially, while you tried to promote those somewhat recent releases, I would think. Besides those albums, the partnership also yielded the release of the debut albums of Boyz N Da Hood ("Boyz N Da Hood") in 2005 and Yung Joc ("Hustlenomics") in 2006. Big Gee has a solo deal with Bad Boy - as far as I have heard, it's a separate deal, outside of the Block Entertainment arrangements. I don't know how, if at all, a split with Block would affect that deal.
HipHopDX is reporting
that Joc made it to court late yesterday and that he was allowed to remain free on bond, though he was "scolded" by the judge. His next court date is January 25.
We'll have a surprise interview tomorrow here at Bad Boy Blog. I'll give you a few hints as to who it is and that should narrow it down, though it should still leave a little doubt.
It's a rapper that has released an album in the month of December. This rapper is not signed to Bad Boy Records and has never been. However, s/he has appeared on at least one Bad Boy released album as a featured artist.
So, check back tomorrow! :)
that Yung Joc missed his court date yesterday and a warrant has been issued for his arrest because of that. In addition, his bond has been doubled to $100,000. His attorney, Stanley Jackson, Jr., apologized and said that Joc was out of town on family business.
The report notes that Joc told authorities that he did not know that the gun was there.
According to her MySpace
, Babs will be hosting a party (featuring performances by Maino and Uncle Murder) at The Lab in Brooklyn on January 19.
that Yung Joc was arrested in Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport early Sunday morning when he brought a loaded hand gun through a security check. Are you kidding me?
The Arizona Republic reports
that Diddy will be hosting a Super Bowl block party outside of Axis/Radius
. He'll be performing for the event.
Elephant Man will be performing in Brooklyn on January 5 at the Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College. It is part of an "Out & Bad Dance Competition" which begins at 8:00 PM. See more here
There were a handful of new (or, at least, new to their MySpace) tracks added to the Bad Boy MySpaces recently.
The Boyz N Da Hood MySpace
added "True to ATL".
The Big Gee MySpace
added "S*** I Lost", "Pull Cock and Pop It" and "Str8nme Den" by Yung Joc featuring Big Gee.
The LOS MySpace
added "G5 Point2 Freestyle" and "G5 Freestyle", both of which are downloadable.
There are no Bad Boy releases on The Billboard 200 or The Billboard Hot 100 for the December 29 editions.
This is an interview by Atlantic's Stephanie Frasco (and the host of the YouTube channel Ask Frasco
from around the time that Sean John Unforgivable Woman was launched. It was then edited into a smaller clip that was released on YouTube
. But, now she has released the complete interview. Watch below.
From DJ Felli Fel's interview with DJ Booth
DJ Booth: Let’s talk about “Get Buck” real quick. You wrangled up Akon, Luda, Diddy, and Lil’ Jon. Describe the process that you go through to formulate a star-studded collaboration…
DJ Felli Fel: The process was individually letting these guys hear the record. I did the record one night when I got out of a club; you never know when inspiration is gonna strike, [so I] got down in front of my equipment, and that record just came out. I was lookin’ through sounds on the keyboard, and I liked that synth-y sound. I’d never really used it – maybe in a couple records here and there, but I never used it as the main, lead sound in a record. I sat down, started playing with some melodies, and did the whole beat in maybe like thirty minutes. I think some of the best things happen spontaneous, and that that was definitely an example of that. After I finished the record I saw Akon; I knew that if he got on that track it was gonna be a smash. So sure as hell, about an hour later, he wrote the hook, got in the booth, knocked it out. I think we were in the studio a total of maybe three hours. Diddy heard it, loved it, and I said, “Hey, just give me a verse, man.” And he ended up doin’ three verses. I ended up using two of the three verses. So then I had Akon and Diddy on it. I called Luda, told him I had a crazy record, and he said, “Send it to me.” I sent it to him, couple days later he called me and was like, “Man, you did this beat?” and I said, “Yeah!” And he said, “Man, this sh*t is crazy!” He laced it and I had it within a week. So at that point it was Akon, Diddy, and Luda, and I was in the studio finishin’ it. I wanted to do something different to it, and I said, “Let’s slow it down and see what it sounds like if I slow it down.” I remembered an old record called, “French Kiss,” back in the day, a house record. The record slowed down in the middle of a song and a girl was havin’ an orgasm, and I always loved the fact that that record slowed down. I did it just to see what it would sound like. I got my management in the studio with me, we’re mixin’ this record, and they’re like, “’Dude, this record is done! What are you doing? You’re tryin’ to overdo it.” I was like, “I wanna try this sh*t.” When I slowed it down, everybody in the studio stood up and they were like, “Oh, sh*t!” I was at a studio in Hollywood and I called Lil’ Jon, he was the first person that came to my mind. Everyone was like, “Aw, Lil John’ll kill this sh*t!” Drove up the hill to his house, went in there, and about five hours after we partied our asses off, he finally knocked it out and did his part and that was a wrap on “Get Buck.”
DJ Booth: Well, it seems as though your personal relationships with all these artists really helped you out a lot. A lot of the time I think the public hears a collaboration track like this, and they automatically assume, “These artists are for hire,” but it’s much different in your case. When you have multiple A-list artists all on one song, do you find that egos tend to become bruised easily, let’s say if someone gets two verses instead of one, or someone gets the first verse?
DJ Felli Fel: I’m sure it’s possible with artists of this caliber to get “butthurt,” but in this case everybody was one hundred percent feelin’ the record and down to do it. When it was done I let everybody hear it to approve it. Diddy, I will say, was the one artist on the record that was very picky, but that’s why he’s Diddy. He was very adamant about havin’ his vocals mixed the right way. We ended up sendin’ the song to his studio in New York, Daddy’s House, and they mixed his vocals there. If somebody didn’t say something, I would’ve been disappointed, because that would’ve told me that they were just like, “’Yeah, whatever, just put it out there.” I think Luda wanted some of his vocals turned down a little bit on the Tiger Woods part – that was pretty much it, man.
Here is the audio from our recent fan interview with B5
. You may notice that on the audio, not all of the people match up with the answers given in the interview transcript
. It can be hard to tell their voices apart (even for fans of the group), so that would be the reason for that.
The audio really gives you a different experience as you are able to catch some of the funny moments and laughter that just don't play well into text. So, if you've already read the interview
, listen to the audio, as well. It is broken into two parts. Enjoy!
Besides YouTube (1
), it's also on imeem! (1
), Yahoo! Video (1
) and MySpace Video (1
AllHipHop.com has an interview with production team Soul Diggaz
(producers of "Hydrolics" and "Portrait of Love"). In it, they talk about how Diddy wanted to sign them as producers and why they opted not to. They've also been working with Danity Kane, the Making the Band 4 guys and Donnie on their projects.
Here's some behind the scenes footage from the taping of Diddy's launch commercial for Circo vodka, followed by the commercial itself. It's a cool commercial and features Kanye West's "Flashing Lights". Watch below.
Updating a previous story
, I've confirmed with a source at the label that Big Gee is indeed in jail. No other details were given.
The Sean John Angels will be on Access Hollywood
on Christmas Eve.
I meant to mention this earlier
, but in the WireImage
photos from Quincy Brown's birthday party last night, Gorilla Zoe was wearing a shirt with "Free Big Gee" on it. Is he in jail? This is the first I've heard of it. I've put in a request for comment to see what I can find out.
According to WireImage
, the attendee list for Quincy Brown's 16th birthday party included Diddy, Kim Porter, Justin and Christian Combs, Hurricane Chris, Chris Brown, Bow Wow, Omarion, Crime Mob, Dallas Austin, DJ Drama (who was the DJ for the event), Fabo, Gorilla Zoe, Jermaine Dupri, Rev Run and his son, Daniel, Lauren London (who came as Quincy's date) and Rocko. Hurricane Chris, Bow Wow and Omarion, Crime Mob, Fabo, Gorilla Zoe and Rocko all performed.
Quincy was presented with a new Range Rover and a 1964 Lincoln Continental.
has Diddy's 10 tips for a great New Years eve celebration.
It's been over a month since I put out the call for interview questions
for B5. The response to that call was overwhelming. I read every single suggestion and came up with a list of 47 questions with the goal of fitting however many I could into my 15 minute phone interview with the group. I was able to fit 30 of them in (plus a follow up on a fan question). Thank you to everyone who made suggestions.
When you are interviewing brothers over the phone like this, it is a definite challenge to pick their voices out and accurately attribute quotes. Like last time
, I did the very best that I could. I'll be posting the audio from the interview up in a few days for B5 fans to listen to and then to pick the voices out for themselves. So, some of these may be off and a few likely are. But, for the most part, they are accurate.
Through fan suggestions, we talked about everything from their favorite movies and foods to gifts they've received from fans and the video to "In My Bedroom". Enjoy.
Via Theo in the forums
I just watched and there wasn't really anything new. He talked about his kids, business philsophy, the Ciroc vodka deal, the marathon (he mentioned that his recent foot surgery
was related to running the marathon), etc. Good appearance, just no news out of it.
Back in October, I reported
that Harve Pierre had been promoted to President of Bad Boy and that, as part of the deal, the label that he was working on, Crazy Joint, would be distributed by Bad Boy.
I mentioned her at the time, so this really isn't surprising, but as her named popped up in release date guidance
, I wanted to go ahead and officially mention Marina Chello as a Bad Boy artist. Check out her MySpace
and YouTube channel
for more on her.
Here are the latest tentative (that means... loose internal) release dates from the label. I realize what dates are on Diddy's MySpace
, but the dates below are the correct ones until further notice.
2/26/08: "In and Out of Love" (Physical) by Cheri Dennis.
3/4/08: TBD by Making the Band 4.
3/11/08: TBD by Danity Kane.
3/25/08: "Let's Get Physical" by Elephant Man.
5/20/08: TBD by Cassie.
6/10/08: TBD by Mario Winans.
7/15/08: TBD by Yung Joc.
And then there was vague guidance given on Donnie Klang (third quarter 2008) and Marina Chello (2009).
LOS will be performing on The Underground Dirty South Tour when it stops in Baltimore on December 28. The venue is the 1st Mariner Arena
. See the flier below.
B5 will be performing
at the Platinum Awards tonight. They start at 8:00 PM ET and are being held at Level
in Columbia, South Carolina.
This is the first time I'd heard of him going by the name Quincy Brown (his biological father's
last name), but here is the press release
for Diddy's adopted son's 16th birthday party.
Atlanta, Ga (PRWEB) December 14, 2007 -- Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Kim Porter pull out all the stops to celebrate son Quincy's, sixteenth birthday, titled, "Stuntin' Like My Daddy".
Who: music/ fashion mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and model/ actress Kim Porter, proud parents of Quincy Brown
What: Quincy's parents have teamed up with one of the city's hottest event orchestrators, to celebrate his sixteenth birthday. It was essential for Brown to have his party in Atlanta due to the city being one of the hottest right now for music & dance. Brown's aspirations of following in his father's footsteps are demonstrated in the special single he recorded just for the birthday event. "Quincy, has lived the good life and walked red carpets since he was very young but for his party he wanted to give kids the opportunity to see life through his eyes, if only for one night. Quincy even went on air to give away passes to 100 well - deserving listeners, so that they could join in the festivities and not just celebrate him but many", stated I'na Saulsbery (event producer, The Starfire Group). Mom & Dad have called in all of their celebrity friends & surprise guests to be in attendance for this invitation- only affair.
Where: Private Location
When: Saturday, December 15, 2007 from 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Why: Living up to his father's highly acclaimed parties where guests arrive and never know what to expect, Quincy's birthday affair will be filled with surprises guaranteed to "remix" the traditional Sweet 16, hence the name Stunna 16.
Diddy will be on The View
On this week's Hot 100 chart, "Hood Figga" by Gorilla Zoe slips from 66 to 75.
According to a PR person working for Def Jam, along with Jay-Z, both Diddy and Jimmy Iovine were interested in signing 16 year old Karina Pasian, an R&B singer now signed to Def Jam.
Dan Benamor writes
of a new film called The Perfect Holiday
which includes a character that appears to be a parody, at least in part, of Diddy. Not the first time and; like most parodies, from the preview clips, it seems like an unflattering exaggeration. But, I watched the trailer when I got to the end and... there we go, now it makes more sense.
It's "a Lance Rivera film". That's Lance "Un" Rivera. I've read before of his distaste for Diddy. He directed and co-produced the film and co-wrote the screenplay. And, in a great coincidence (sarcasm), Diddy's ex-girlfriend and the mother of his first child, Misa Hylton-Brim was the costume designer for the project.
MiamiHerald.com has some information
on season 2 of Making the Band 4. Since late November, Danity Kane, the Making the Band 4 guys and Donnie have been living in an $8.5 million dollar mansion in Miami, working on their albums. This will be the basis of the new season. It premieres on January 28 at 10:00 PM ET.
On the December 15 Billboard Hot 100 chart, Gorilla Zoe's "Hood Figga" is at 66, down from 59.
I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a happy holiday season and happy, healthy and successful 2008.
Thank you for visiting Bad Boy Blog.
In light of the untimely passing of Pimp C, the companies behind UGK (of which Pimp C was one half, with Bun B) have released a UGK tribute video. The video features Yung Joc and Big Duke. They are featured in part 1, but I'm going to include parts 2 and 3. My thoughts are definitely with those who were close to him.
AllHipHop.com has an interview
with Cheri Dennis.
AHHA: There are so many female singers in the marketplace now. How do you feel you are distinguishable?
Cheri Dennis: I don’t think I fit in at all. The single doesn’t really sound like anything that is on the radio right now. I have a sound that’s all my own. I’ve always been looked at apart from other female singers. Luckily, I’ve never really been compared to too many people. When I was younger, people said I sounded like Brandy. But since I’ve been a professional singer, I haven’t heard that. I’ll leave that for the people to decide.
From the press release
Jody Breeze is best known for his insightful street lyrics as a solo artist and as a member of the group Boyz N Da Hood. His songwriting talent resulted in being recognized by the industry at this year's BMI Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jody won a BMI Award for 'Come to Me' from Diddy's solo album, 'Press Play'. The award was for 'Most Performed Urban Song' and 'Come To Me' was also a number one single. Jody wrote the second single 'Through The Pain' featuring Mario Winans for Diddy as well as three other songs for Diddy's album.
Jody also wrote a majority of the songs from the first and second Boyz N Da Hood albums, included the number one single, 'Dem Boyz' which was a complete smash and anthem across the country. Jody currently has the third installment of his mixtape series, 'Best Kept Secret-Patiently Waiting' in the stores and streets now. Check Jody Breeze out at www.myspace.com/jodybreeze
On the December 8 edition of The Billboard Hot 100 chart, Gorilla Zoe's "Hood Figga" remains at 59, the same position it held on last week's chart.
that Cheri Dennis will be performing at Playhouse, located at 17 W. 19th St. in New York City.
SixShot.com has an interview
with Bad Boy's Senior Director of A&R, Conrad Dimanche.
Details are sparse, but a source at the label has confirmed that 8 Ball & MJG are no longer a Bad Boy Records act. Their Bad Boy debut, "Living Legends" was a success, but their follow up, "Ridin High", released earlier this year, wasn't. 8 Ball & MJG are not high selling artists, so it wasn't that far off, but their sabotage
of their own album
surely hurt them. We'll hear more about the break up soon enough.
Elephant Man's debut album on Bad Boy, "Let's Get Physical", has been pushed back to March 25.
B5 will be chatting live
on TeenHollywood.com today at 5:00 PM ET.
According to Bad Boy
, B5 will have an interview at the WWPR
radio station in New York on December 6 at 11:00 PM.
Also, they mention the venue for the December 8 performance. It's part of the KKDA Kwanzaa Fest
. It's at the Automotive Building at Fair Park
DJ Drama's new album, "Gangsta Grillz: The Album"
, was released today. It has "5000 Ones"
featuring Diddy and Yung Joc, "187" featuring 8 Ball & MJG, "Diddy Interlude" featuring Diddy and "Throw Ya Sets Up" featuring Yung Joc.
B5 will be performing on Fried Dynamite
Via Milbabi93 in the B5 forums
Diddy celebrated his recent deal with Ciroc vodka when he transformed Mansion in Miami Beach into the Ciroc Mansion on Friday night. Diddy sent dozens of Ciroc shot bottles adorned with sparklers into the crowds and gave revelers a sneak-peek of shots from his new Ciroc ad campaign shot by local photographer Seth Browarnik. Also on hand: R&B singer Cassie, who danced at Diddy's table in a slinky purple tank top, and the girls from Danity Kane. According to one witness, ``Diddy watched over them like a hawk as they held hands and danced together at a nearby table.''
You wrote for Puff, how did that come about?
My business partner Nicole Nicety Chaplin knew Conrad Dimanche, Senior VP at Bad Boy. She took my music to him but Puff wasn't interested in me at the time as an artist, but he did need writers for his album. So I humbled myself and took the gig. I was in. I had to get in where I could fit until it was my turn. I'm glad I did it. I made some good paper and learned a lot about patience. Plus it was any honor to work beside Diddy. He's a legend and an inspiration. Period.
You can watch the first episode below.
According to the site, this is about a month old, but Bad Boy just sent out the press release today and it's a cool spot, so I wanted to mention Diddy's appearance in CNBC's I Am American Business
campaign. If you click on his picture, you'll be taken to a series of videos with him talking about business and the Bad Boy portfolio.
Nelson will be appearing at the UBUNTU AIDS Awareness Fundraiser
in New York, NY tomorrow (December 4).
The album's production is almost over, however, and Nas said Jermaine Dupri and Diddy will be helping him to close out.
"It's in the developmental stages," he said of the tracks Diddy is bringing to the table. "The potential could go anywhere. I'm writing a lot of sh-- down, and it just sounds crazy. The direction is totally right. Sometimes when you sit down and write, you don't know how it will go. But this is totally right."