It boats three exclusive freestyles from Ness, including "It's Yourz," "Can't Stop Me" and "Super 16's." There is also a track called "Thanks Ness" by Peedi Crakk.
On the intro to the track, Peedi says that Ness left the beat on his computer and claims it's not stolen, just forgotten and, before he jumps into his first verse, he apologizes in advance. The track ends with him saying that he'll be keeping this one and he asks "everyone" to say "thanks Ness" and then you hear people saying it.
In this sneak peak of next Sunday's episode of "P. Diddy's StarMaker," the contestants are back at the house after the guy's performance on the last episode. They discuss Zach Berkman's elimination. Jordan Battiste, who was one of the two that went before the judges with Zach, expresses his gratitude for having made it and vows to step his game up.
Valerie Nome of OK! Magazine has a quick interview with Diddy. Though the title implies he's comparing himself to Vogue editor Anna Wintour, he actually heaps praise on her, calling her his godmother in fashion.
ďSheís like a godmother to me. She doesnít know that, but Iíve adopted her as a godmother to me in fashion because sheís the one who first took me to the shows in Paris, sheís the one whose always treated me like a designer when she reviewed my collections and told me the truth about what was right and what was wrong.Ē
Starmaker was a fantastic place to get my first taste of stardom, and if anything, it only whetted my appetite. I hope that as an artist, a producer and a writer, my hard work will lead to further success. Best of luck to the rest of the contestants.
On tonight's episode of "P. Diddy's StarMaker," Zach Berkman was eliminated. It came down to him and Jordan Battiste. The judges said that Todd Sarvies was the best act of the night. The rest of the contestants advanced with the ladies having the week off.
Earlier today on Twitter, Bad Boy A&R Daniel "Skid" Mitchell sent a public message to producer Rashad Smith, asking about an "Angels" remix to which Smith replied he would be finishing this week.
Smith's past production credits include Biggie's "One More Chance/Stay With Me (Remix)," Diddy's "Young G's," Craig Mack's "Making Moves with Puff" and MC Lyte's "Cold Rock a Party (Bad Boy Remix)." Suffice to say, I can't wait to hear this remix.
In part 1 of his MySpace video interview (included below), Jay-Z walks through his albums and development as an artist. He briefly recalls battling with Biggie in high school and discusses his "In My Lifetime, Vol. 1," saying that he doesn't listen to it because it "irks" him to hear the great tracks on it mixed with the ones where he tried to appeal more to record sales. Notably, about half of "In My Lifetime, Vol. 1" was produced by The Hitmen.
Among the great tracks on the album, he names four - three of which were produced by members of The Hitmen. This included "Where I'm From" (produced by D-Dot and Stevie J.), "Streets Is Watching, "You Must Love Me" (Nashiem Myrick) and "Lucky Me" (Stevie J., along with Buckwild). Biggie loved "Streets Is Watching," according to Jay.
"The first song I made for it was 'Streets Is Watching,'" he said. "So, I was headed in the right direction, which was the last song Biggie Smalls ever heard. He made me play the record 30 times. He played it so much, I gave it to him. I was like, 'just keep it.'"
According to Bad Boy A&R Daniel "Skid" Mitchell, the new Diddy/Dirty Money singles "Angels" and "Love Come Down" premiered on Hot 97 last night during Funkmaster Flex's show. I was too late to catch them, but if you happened to do so, please tell us about them in the comments. It'll only be a matter of time being they are released where we can all listen to them.
Diddy and Zac Posen, along with various celebrities, fashion designers, models and others, taped a public service announcement for Fashion's Night Out, an international event where various brands and retailers will keep their stores open late in order to encourage customers to buy their wares. Check out the video below.
On Diddy's Twitter, he mentioned that he will be "launching" two singles from "Last Train to Paris" during Labor Day weekend (September 5-7). Previously, he announced that "Love Come Down," a new "mix show/club single" would be sent to DJs on September 2.
In the preview below, from the third episode of "P. Diddy's StarMaker," Laurie Ann Gibson tells contestant Jordan Battiste that he needs to work on his vocals. In confessional, he doesn't take kindly to this, saying that she is a choreographer and, as such, is here to offer him thoughts on his stage presence - not his singing ability.
In an interview with MTV News, T-Pain talked a little bit about Diddy/Dirty Money's upcoming "Last Train to Paris" album, revealing that he's written 12 songs for it. This includes "Let's Play a Game," which uses old board games as metaphors for a relationship. According to the singer, he's mainly contributing ideas and concepts.
Interestingly, in the clip below, he says that Diddy told him he was putting together a group of two guys (Diddy and one other) and two girls for the album. It's unclear if Pain is mistaken or heard incorrectly, but take it for what it is.
Finally, Steven Roberts, who wrote the article, says that T-Pain feels that Diddy's past experience of singing hooks will be of use Diddy on this singing driven album. "Auto-Tune will help that out a little bit, but I just told him to put some more into it," he said to Roberts. "But he's pretty good [at singing] actually, which is weird."
If you try to access Gorilla Zoe's Twitter account, you will receive a message saying that it is suspended. This is because the account has been hacked, according to Bad Boy. His team is working on getting him back on the popular microblogging service.
At the end of July, we reported that Dimepiece would be releasing some Cassie themed apparel and that Cassie would be doing some modeling for them - both efforts in cooperation with the release of her upcoming album, "Electro Love."
Check out the clip below for a sneak peak of the third episode of "P. Diddy's StarMaker." Basically, it's Angel Inez and Melody Angel complaining about the judges praise of Monet Monico. It's not what one would call a good look. Whether or not they agreed with the choice of Monet and the judges' conclusions, this sort of thing never looks good.
On tonight's episode of "P. Diddy's StarMaker," Marissa Renee Shipp was eliminated from the competition. Only the ladies sung this week with the men safe from elimination.
There were six songs available and Ms. Renee gave up her initial song choice to Lauriana Mae, who did not feel comfortable singing Miley Cyrus' "7 Things." In the end, that's not an excuse, certainly - but, it would be the end of the competition for her. The other five ladies advanced. Renee exited graciously, thanking Diddy for the opportunity.
An as yet unreleased track from DJ/producer Clinton Sparks will feature a sample of Biggie's vocals from Craig Mack's "Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)." The song is called "Houston" and it will feature Slim Thug, Bun B and Paul Wall.
An unfinished version of the song recently leaked online and the chorus is comprised of Biggie saying "Houston... pack the gat a lot." In the remix to "Flava in Ya Ear," Biggie raps: "Not from Houston, but I Rap-A-Lot, pack the gat a lot." The Biggie vocal is slowed down, as well.
On his Twitter, Sparks said that the leaked version, which doesn't include Paul Wall, is not mixed or mastered and that it contains a "dummy beat". We'll have more when Sparks officially releases the track.
Our audio player features a pair of new tracks from Red Cafe - "I Tote Guns" and "Here to Get Money."
The chorus for "I Tote Guns" is comprised of a sample of The Notorious B.I.G. from his 1995 freestyle at Madison Square Garden. The track also features a snippet of a Diddy comment made during a Red Cafe interview where he said that "when it's done right, there's nothing like Red Cafe, there's nothing like Biggie, there's nothing like Nas, nothing like KRS-One, Rakim - there's nothing like that."
As far as initiations go, hanging out with Diddy in Toronto the other night must have been right up there for Drake, Canada's (and hip hop's) Next Big Thing. There they were at Sotto Sotto. There, again, at Century Room. There, too, in the recording studio above Tattoo Rock Parlour, on Queen, where the Gatsbyish Diddy was said to be recording with the Toronto singer...
In the video below, singer Kristine Elezaj talks about her upcoming album as she prepares for a performance. She mentions that Red Cafe is featured on "Living Dream." You can hear a snippet of the track starting at 3:05.
In May, she talked about the collaboration on her MySpace blog. "Red Cafe who is an amazing hip-hop artist just featured on one of the tracks on the album "Living Dream"!!," she wrote. "I couldn't stop listening to his verse all day yesterday when I got the finished version! I drove up to my parents house this morning because I'm running errands and I have it on repeat the whole time I was driving!"
On a recent episode of The Late Show with David Letterman, Britney Spears appeared to count down the "top 10 ways the country would be different if Britney Spears were President." Number 2? "Three words: Vice President Diddy." Check out the clip below.
He said that Twitter reached out to everyone who was mentioned in the notes to make them aware of the situation and "to tell them that these notes didnít reflect anything."
He also talked about their meeting with Diddy. "When we came away from that meeting with P. Diddy, we were super impressed with how savvy he was," Stone told Cutler. "He has stayed relevant for so long and how does he do it? Heís constantly reinventing himself."
At the end of June, we reported that Sean John Unforgivable would be sponsoring a Michael Shank Racing in the Brumos Porsche 250 on July 4. The Sean John blog has pictures of the car, with the Sean John Unforgivable logo front and center. The car finished sixth in a field of 35.
Two clips released on the Dream YouTube channel showcase new music from the group. The first clip, included below, features the group visiting a brothel called "The Bunny Ranch," acting as though they expected to purchase real rabbits from the establishment. Portions of the clip won't be suitable for all audiences (if that's you, skip to the second skip below).
The second clip features the group visiting a dance studio and performing their routine to go along with one of the songs, title unknown. It's a catchy track, though. It has a nice vibe to it.
AsTheWorldSpins has a video interview with Red Cafe from Daddy's House, Bad Boy's recording studios. He talks about signing with Bad Boy, who might appear on his album and more. He says he's working on a new single called "Loco."
Do you think he has a good understanding of the music youíre playing though?
You know, Diddyís been around for a long time. Heís seen a lot of musicians come and go. Iím sure heís very familiar with everything. I donít think heís necessarily worked with anything along the lines of what I do, but I think thatís the point of all thisótrying to get to new markets.
And thereís still mutual respect for just being an artist.
Definitely. I think there is a mutual respect for just being a musician. Like I said, Diddyís been there and done that, and heís been doing it for a long time.
In the video clip below from Yahoo! TV, Liz Davis receives praise from guest judge Pete Wentz on an episode of "P. Diddy's StarMaker." This provides a little bit of a clue or spoiler as we know that Davis will make it at least as long as the episode where Wentz is featured. It's unclear when that one will be airing.
MTV has released a few deleted scenes from the first episode of "P. Diddy's StarMaker." The first clip features Diddy talking to contestants Todd Sarvies, Zach Berkman and Liz Davis. He asks Sarvies and Berkman about their familiarity with Bad Boy. Sarvies acts familiar, but then doesn't seem like he knows a lot about Bad Boy's past. Berkman manages to name Danity Kane and Donnie Klang. He asks Davis about her inspirations and asks her if she can sing other genres.
In the second single, the guys talk about the girls and their level of ... attractiveness.
In the third and final clip, Marissa, Angel, Melody, David J. and ChristopherJohn discuss their relationship statuses.
The season premiere of "P. Diddy's StarMaker" just ended and two of the contestants were eliminated: David Joseph and Lauren Thomas. Zach Berkman and Angel Inez were among the four singers who were called up to face elimination, but they survived.
The two singers that the judges felt did the best were David Bennett and Melody Angel.
Tonight marks the long anticipated premiere of "P. Diddy's StarMaker," the latest Bad Boy Films production, on MTV at 10 PM ET. The premise of the show finds Diddy, with a team of judges, in search of a new solo singing act to sign to Bad Boy Records. The artist can come from any genre - rock, country, pop, R&B, whatever.
I'll be on Twitter @badboyblog tonight during the show tweeting with the #StarMaker hashtag. Join me!
Presented by Felix Da Housecat and Diddy, the "Lectro Black (Last Train to Paris Mixtape)" has been released for free download on RCRDLBL (you can also listen to it below, as well). It comes as one long (59 minutes, 29 seconds) .mp3 file.
BB: For all the aspiring artists out there, Iím not going to ask you the typical question of what advice you would give them. Instead, what do you think your biggest mistake was so far and how would you have handled it differently?
Dawn: No mistakes. I donít think there was a big mistake. I think everything was planned that way. And Iím serious. Even if it was a bad mistake, it was planned for me to learn about that awful mistake. I never said ďI want to take that backĒ or ďI shouldnít have done thatĒ. I was probably just dumb in that moment and it was meant to be done for me to learn my lesson. *LOL* I donít even know if thereís a big mistake that I shouldnít have made. I know I shouldnít have put those leggings on that I did yesterday! That was a mistake! But Ė my weave on Making the Band in the beginning when Katrina happened was a mistake! That blonde was a mistake. Thatís a mistake right there *LOL* I wish I could take that back. I wish knew Pro Activ before the first season!
rolling out has a video interview with Dawn Richard (watch below) where she discusses her background, the Danity Kane comics and more. She also revealed that she had a part in an upcoming film called "Perfect Combination".
Day26's MySpace revealed that the group will release "Forever In Your Eyes," a digital video album on iTunes on August 25. The album will feature the music videos for 8 tracks. It is unclear what the track listing is and I am trying to confirm the full list now. I can say, exclusively, that "Girlfriend," "Perfectly Blind" and "So Good" will be included, according to a source at the label.
Back in February, the Jamaica Observer reported that Elephant Man's deal with Bad Boy had been for one album and that he was no longer affiliated with the label. At that time, I was unable to receive official confirmation on the story. I now have that confirmation. According to a source at the label, Elephant Man is no longer with Bad Boy.
I would call Bad Boy's first dip into the reggae/dancehall world a successful one. Elephant Man is one of the giants in the genre and to have their first, and only, reggae/dancehall release reach #1 on the Top Reggae Albums Chart and receive a Grammy nomination - it has to be considered a success. Best of luck to Ele.
In an interview with rolling out, Yung Joc says that he's pushing to be released from Bad Boy, saying he has "no hard feelings, once again, it's still no regrets, no regrets - it is what it is." He also discusses the release of "Grind Flu," his influences and more.
On his Twitter, a link to a commercial for Yung Joc's "Grind Flu" album release was posted. Check it out. It was posted on TheGrindFlu YouTube channel, where it appears album tracks and, perhaps, more will be uploaded or are in the process of being uploaded.
About a month ago, we reported that, according to a source, Cassie's second single was likely to be "Let's Get Crazy" featuring Akon. We can now report that this is official, again, according to a source.
As I said before, I think it's a great choice. Awesome track.
The songs included in the package are not tagged with artists and there is no back cover included, so it is difficult to see who is included on what. Yo! Raps Magazine published a track listing yesterday, consisting of the following:
1. "Grind Flu" featuring Montana Da Mack
2. "Might As Well"
3. "Universal Language" featuring Shawty Lo and Young Vett
4. "Drinks Up" featuring Bobby Valentino, Gucci Mane and Nitti
5. "Don't Be Scared" featuring EbonyLove, Ricky G and Donte
6. "500 Horses" featuring Yung Ralph and Big A
7. "My N*****"
8. "Posted at the Store" featuring Gucci Mane and Yung Ralph
9. "Wham" featuring Slim
10. "Grind Flu Skit" featuring Roc
11. "Over" featuring Cupid, Polo, Game and Carlito
12. "Birds" featuring Gucci Mane, Nicki Minaj and OJ Da Juiceman
13. "Make A Movie" featuring DJ Khaled
14. "So" featuring Mia X
15. "Counterfeit" featuring Tuck
16. "Check" featuring Montana Da Mac and SS
17. "Choose Me" featuring Chris Brown and Pleasure P
18. "Winner" featuring Masspike Miles
19. "Hello Kitty" (Bonus Track) by Jah-Jah
Looking at the songs included in the download, however, there are only 18. The bonus track "Hello Kitty" is missing. Four other songs are incorrectly labeled. They are:
"Don't Be Scared" is "P****"
"Grind Flu Skit" is "Grind Flu Skit 2"
"Posted at the Store" is "In The Hood"
"Check" is "Check 2"
MC: I listened to a lot of Russian music, Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, the Eagles, Lara Fabian, Tina Arena and I learned a lot of English from Mariah Careyís lyric sheets! I was fortunate to have access to so many types of music. I sing in Italian, French and Russian Ė I may not speak all of those languages but I can sing in them!
The Metric System has a great feature where the rules Biggie outlined in "Ten Crack Commandments" are translated into "pretty sound business advice for any industry," according to the author. It makes for a great, creative read. Here's one of the 10:
ďNumber two: never let Ďem know your next moveĒ
Innovation drives long-term business value. If your company prematurely discloses its strategic plans, it gives your competitors a head-start on emulating or surpassing your innovative strides. It may be tempting to post your 12-month plan on the company blog, but beware the strategic edge it provides to your competitors once itís out there.
This happened a couple of weeks ago, during my break, but it is just too awesome not to post.
Toward the end of July, Diddy made an appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," and his segment of the show was very funny, as he switched between seriously talking about his projects to jokingly taking on the role of cliched pitch man to simply joking with Fallon. He even jumped in to remix the show's normal "Slow Jam the News" segment, where Fallon (backed by The Roots) gives news items the slow jam treatment. Check out the clips below.
In an interview with New York Magazine, actor/comedian Aziz Ansari talked about working with Diddy on "Get Him to the Greek" and his efforts to get Diddy to follow him on Twitter.
You've been sending Diddy messages on Twitter for months. Did he know who you were?
He did know me. I've seen him at a couple of things and he's kind of known me, I'm not sure from what. But he knows who I am somehow. So I saw him at the Get Him to the Greek table read and he was like, "Hey man, you hit me up on Twitter, right?" And I was like, "Yeah, I did. Hey man, why don't you follow me?" He was like, "I don't follow you?" And I was like, "No, you don't!" So I got a request on MySpace from Diddy. And I was like, this is not the real Diddy. And I looked and it was the real Diddy requesting me as a friend! So I approved it and I sent him a message that was like, "Hey, after much consideration I decided to approve your MySpace friend request" And he responded to that and was like, "Oh, thank you. Let's go!" or whatever he writes. And then the next time I saw him, I was like, "Hey, you didn't follow me!" So he said, "Oh man, I'm sorry, I'm going to get on that right now. Write down your name." I was like, alright. And then like a month or two later, we went back to filming and I was like, "Sean, you're still not following me, man. It's been like two months." And he's like, "Oh no, I forgot." And then he started following me. But man, he is so funny in that movie. You are really going to be blown away. He was cracking me up. He was really good. He's a pro. I was very impressed.
Back in July, Diddy paid a visit to The Late Show with David Letterman and, during his time on air, he shared a story from approximately six years ago of Michael Jackson spontaneously attending a party that Diddy was hosting. Jackson apparently asked Diddy where he could find Beyonce (this was before she was together with Jay-Z). Check it out below.
In a video posted on Jay Electronica's YouTube channel, Diddy and the guys from Chester French have some fun as Diddy takes on a character auditioning for the band. Fun stuff and worth a watch. Warning: some content not suitable for all audiences.
Released on the Swagg Team YouTube channel, here's the video for Yung Joc's "Posted at the Store." The song features Yung Ralph and Gucci Mane and the video includes a cameo appearance from Gorilla Zoe.
On his Twitter, Yung Joc mentioned that he would be releasing a free album online on August 11. It's called "Grind Flu" and it according to additional tweets, it will feature Chris Brown, Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman, Shawty Lo, Slim, EbonyLove, Pleasure P, Nikki Manage and Bobby Valentino.
This is a pretty cool clip. Basically, it's Diddy in proud parent mode showing off his son, Christian, as well as Biggie's son, Christopher "C.J." Wallace, Jr. The son of Damion "D-Roc" Butler, friend of Biggie and Diddy, makes a short appearance, as well. Check it out.
In his latest "Diddy Blog," Diddy and his team of Sean John designers previewed the new Sean John collection and also talked about the company's new logo, which had previously been released on the Sean John website, and elsewhere.
TMZ reports that Bad Boy Records, Atlantic Records and Christian "Davis" Stalnecker have been accused of copyright infringement and breach of contract by a singer named Kirby Shields for the Day26 song "Just Getting Started," which appeared on their April release, "Forever in a Day."
Stalnecker is the producer of the track (interestingly, Willie Taylor of Day26 received co-producer credit in the album notes) and Shields says that he signed a contract with Stalnecker to exclusively producer tracks for his own album, one of which was called "I'm Just Getting Started." If these allegations prove to be true, and judgment has to be reserved at this time, it would seem like the responsibility would rest with Stalnecker, for providing the group with a track he didn't have the right to sell them.
"The facts that we have confirmed indicate that Bad Boy Records/Atlantic Records may not have been aware of the Agreement [between Stalnecker and Shields] and may not have intentionally used the Song without authorization," the letter from Shields' counsel reads. At this stage, no lawsuit appears to have been filed and they are making all parties aware of the perceived infringement, seeking to open discussions with the parties - Bad Boy, Atlantic and Stalnecker.
MTV has released a pair of interesting promotional clips from "Making His Band," which premiered on July 27. In the first one, Diddy, Dawn Richard and Kalenna (Dirty Money) are in the studio working on "Angels." In the second, Diddy takes voice lessons from Romeo Johnson.