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Posted in Ness
Posted by Patrick
On Twitter, DJ Benja Styles shared a link to download his new mixtape, "Philadelphia's Organized Rhime Family."

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.

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Posted in Donnie Klang
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On his personal YouTube channel, Donnie Klang has released "Stuck in My Head," complete with lyrics. Check it out below.


Posted in Bad Boy Films
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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.


Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
MTV has released three deleted scenes from last night's episode of "P. Diddy's StarMaker."

In the first clip, guest judge Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls greets the contestants before the guys take the stage.


In this next clip, Zach Berkman prepares for his performance. While Berkman sings, there are short clips of the other contestants preparing for the show.

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Posted in Cassie
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Our audio player features a new track from Cassie, "Can You Feel Me." Check it out.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
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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

Almost two weeks ago, Britney Spears appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman (video) to read the "top 10 days the country would be different if Britney Spears were President." Number two was "Vice President Diddy."

"I would gladly accept," Diddy told Nome.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
Over at the MTV Remote Control Blog, Zach Berkman discusses his elimination from "P. Diddy's StarMaker" on last night's episode.

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.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
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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.

Posted in Day26
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On Twitter, rapper Calcutta has made a track called "All About You" available for free download. On the chorus, it features Willie Taylor of Day26.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
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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.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
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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.'"


Via Miss Info via ICEDOTCOM.

Posted in Yung Joc
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Yung Joc is featured on a track from J. One called "New Money." myspace.com/tharealjone appears to be his MySpace page. The track is not yet available on it.

Posted in Day26
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L.R. tha GemiNY has an audio interview with Willie Taylor of Day26. He talks about songwriting, the standard, misguided Bad Boy line of criticism (which he answers very well) and more.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Update (9/2/09): Listen to the tracks now!

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.

Posted in Marina Chello
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Jay Hainsworth of IGN has a write up on Marina Chello as part of their "Babe of the Day" feature.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
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Sinister Girlz has interviews with all of the ladies featured on the last episode of "P. Diddy's StarMaker." It's in two parts: one and two.

Thanks Shannon Ozbun>

Posted in Sean John
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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.




Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released today.

Albums

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

58. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (down from 53).
91. "Forever in a Day" by Day26 (up from 98).

Top Rap Albums

22. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (unchanged).

Songs

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrents

25. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (down from 13).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay

25. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (down from 13).

Rhythmic Top 40

38. "Echo" by Gorilla Zoe (unchanged).

Posted in Cassie
Posted by Patrick
People's Style Watch has a quick interview with Cassie on fashion and the Dimepiece collection.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
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.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
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.


Posted in Cassie
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The Cassie featured Dimepiece lookbook that we reported on in July is now online. Diddy began previewing images from the shoot yesterday. Cassie is also featured heavily on the Dimepiece website.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Check out the video below for a ShockHound interview of Janelle Monae. She talks about her background, her music, her performances and more.


Posted in Janelle MonŠe
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If you are an Atlanta based drummer that wants to opportunity to play with her on stage, check out the Wondaland blog for details on just such an opportunity. Auditions will be held on August 29.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
Kareem Blair of Lemar And Dauley has an interview with Jordan Battiste of "P. Diddy's StarMaker."

Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
"Forever In Your Eyes," an 8 track Day26 video compilation was released today on iTunes. On August 13, we reported on the release, confirming that "Girlfriend," "Perfectly Blind" and "So Good" would be included.

We were also able to speculate that there were 5 videos that we known were shot, that could make up the final 5 slots. This is exactly what ended up happening. Here is the full track listing:

1. "Just Getting Started"
2. "Imma Put It On Her" featuring Diddy and Yung Joc
3. "Stadium Music"
4. "Perfectly Blind"
5. "So Good"
6. "Girlfriend"
7. "Then There's You"
8. "Truth Is a Lie"

You can pick up all 8 videos for $9.99 on iTunes.

Posted in Cassie
Posted by Patrick
Following up on the photos released earlier, Diddy has been posting more photos from Cassie's Dimepiece photo shoot.

See them here: photo 1, photo 2, photo 3, photo 4 and photo 5.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
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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."

Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
The music video for "So Good" premiered today on Day26's MySpace. The video will be included on the video compilation "Forever In Your Eyes" which will be released tomorrow on iTunes.


Posted in Gorilla Zoe
Posted by Patrick
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.

Posted in Cassie
Posted by Patrick
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."

On Diddy's Twitter, a trio of photos from the shoot have been posted. Check them out: picture 1, picture 2 and picture 3.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
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After Marissa Renee Shipp was eliminated on tonight's episode of "P. Diddy's StarMaker" the MTV Remote Control Blog published a guest post from the singer, talking about her experience and what she has been up to since she left the show.


Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
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.


Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
There have been three deleted scenes released by MTV for episode two of "P. Diddy's StarMaker."

In the first one, Pete Wentz meets the contestants backstage and offers a little bit of advice.


In the second clip, Omatayo and Jordan have a little fun in the kitchen trying to prepare a meal.

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Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
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.

Posted by Patrick
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.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
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."

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Shinan Govani of the National Post reports:

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...

Posted in Red Cafe
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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!"

Via Ken Lewis.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
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.


Via Samuel Lora.

Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
Qthequestion.com has an interview with Day26 (Brian and Willie). There nothing really newsworthy in it, but it's worth a look for Day26 fans.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Update (9/2/09): Listen to the track now!

A message on Diddy's Twitter revealed that the first "club and mix show single" for Dirty Money will be sent to clubs and DJs on September 2. It's called "Love Come Down."

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Back in July, we reported on TechCrunch's publishing of leaked notes from internal Twitter strategy meetings that mentioned Diddy in both a favorable and unfavorable light (generally, it was more of the latter).

Kim-Mai Cutler at VentureBeat spoke with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone about the leak and their efforts to control the damage.

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."

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Karen Bliss of Rolling Stone and Marc Malkin of E! Online have new TV and movie focused interviews with Diddy.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
In the clip below, a sneak peak at the next episode of "P. Diddy's StarMaker," Melody Angel tries to perform her own rendition of Kelly Clarkson's "Because of You." But, it doesn't draw good reviews.


Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released today.

Albums

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

53. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (up from 58).
98. "Forever in a Day" by Day26 (down from 86).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums

23. "Ready to Die" by The Notorious B.I.G. (down from 18).

Top Rap Albums

22. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (down from 21).

Songs

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrents

13. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (debut).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay

13. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (debut).

Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop

38. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (down from 33).

Rhythmic Top 40

38. "Echo" by Gorilla Zoe (up from 40).

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Diddy spoke to Reuters, briefly, about "P. Diddy's StarMaker" and "Making His Band," discussing how artists need to be able to brand themselves, in this day and age.

Posted in Sean John
Posted by Patrick
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.

Posted in Jordan McCoy
Posted by Patrick
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.


Posted in Red Cafe
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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."

AsTheWorldSpins Red Cafe Interview from DJ Hotsauce on Vimeo.


Thanks Theo.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
Jason Gonulsen of Metromix St. Louis has an interview with Todd Sarvies, one of the contestants on "P. Diddy's StarMaker."

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.

Posted in Boyz N Da Hood
Posted by Patrick
"So Much Drama" by Boyz N Da Hood featuring Young Jeezy has been added to the group's MySpace. It's unclear when this track was recorded, but I haven't heard it before.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
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.


Posted in Cassie
Posted by Patrick
Our audio player has a new track from Cassie - "I Need Love" featuring K-Young. Check it out.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
AnnMarie Costella of the Queens Chronicle has an interview with Jordan Battiste, a contestant on "P. Diddy's StarMaker," which premiered last night.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
MTV has released a sneak peak at the second episode of "P. Diddy's StarMaker." Check it out below.


Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
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.


Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
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.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
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!

"P. Diddy's StarMaker" Logo

For more on the show, check out the list of contestants, with photos and short bios, as well as the two minute trailer we exclusively premiered on July 16.


Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
Tommy2.net (audio) and Veronica Barriga of Behind the Hype have interviews with Monet Monico, a contestant on "P. Diddy's StarMaker."

Thanks teammonet.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Rolling Stone reports that Janelle Monae joined band Of Montreal on stage at Lollapalooza 2009 to cover David Bowie's "Moonage Daydream." They have some video of her on and off stage with the group.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
Posted by Patrick
On the DallasNews.com Dallas Moms blog, Marissa Renee has a guest post discussing her support of burn survivors, of which she is one. Renee is a contestant on "P. Diddy's StarMaker."

Kevin C. Johnson of STLtoday has an interview with Todd Sarvies, another contestant on the show.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
"Lectro Black (Last Train to Paris Mixtape)" by Felix Da Housecat and Diddy

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.


Posted in Dawn Richard
Posted by Patrick
Vitalize Ent has an interview with Dawn Richard.

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!

Posted in Dawn Richard
Posted by Patrick
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".


Via DROStreetTeam09.

Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
Let's recap. In May, Qwanell "Que" Mosley of Day26 said that the group's second single from "Forever in a Day" would be "Your Heels." But, just two days later, a poll was launched on their MySpace where you were asked to help them pick their second single.

In June, Que came back again, saying that "Your Heels" would, indeed, be their second single. Willie Taylor also confirmed this on his Twitter.

At the start of the July, however, it was time for another poll on the group's MySpace. As I write, "So Good" is the present leader of that poll, taking 42% or 7,384 votes. And so it shall be done. I've confirmed with the label that "So Good" will be the second single from "Forever in a Day" and the video for the track will be included on the "Forever In Your Eyes" digital video collection that's being released on August 25.

Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
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.

Beyond that, we can see that, in the trailer (watch below), clips from the "Truth is a Lie" video are easily spotted. We also know that the group has shot videos for "Just Getting Started" and "Then There's You". Despite Qwanell "Que" Mosley of the group saying that the video for "Your Heels" was supposed to be shot on June 29, it never was. And, of course, we also have the videos for "Imma Put It On Her" and "Stadium Music." So, we have 5 possible known choices for the 5 remaining videos. They could always surprise us and throw in one or two we don't yet know about, of course.

It's unclear if the legal trouble associated with "Just Getting Started" will prevent that video from being included. Stay tuned for a track listing.


Posted in Elephant Man
Posted by Patrick
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.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released today.

Albums

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

58. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (up from 63).
86. "Forever in a Day" by Day26 (up from 89).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums

18. "Ready to Die" by The Notorious B.I.G. (up from 23).

Top Rap Albums

21. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (up from 25).

Songs

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

51. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (down from 40).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

51. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (down from 39).

Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop

33. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (down from 22).

Rhythmic Top 40

40. "Echo" by Gorilla Zoe (re-entry).

Posted in Elephant Man
Posted by Patrick
Drake's hit "Best I Ever Had" has received the Elephant Man treatment. He's turned it into the absurd "Worst I Ever Had," which you can listen to in our audio player. Leave it to Ele!

Posted in Yung Joc
Posted by Patrick
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.


Thanks Mike for the tip.

Posted in Yung Joc
Posted by Patrick
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.


Posted in Yung Joc
Posted by Patrick
Earlier today, the clean version of "Grind Flu", Yung Joc's freely available album was released. We covered the track listing and featured guests. On his Twitter, he has now posted a download link for the dirty version.

Posted in Sean John
Posted by Patrick
Diddy's Twitter announced that Sean John was now on Twitter as @seanjohn.

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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.

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As we reported on Saturday, Yung Joc today released his "Grind Flu" album for free online. On his Twitter, he posted a download link to the clean version of the album. He also shared the dirty version, but the link provided is inactive at this time.

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"

Download the album now.

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For the first time ever, our audio player has not one, but two new tracks from Black Rob. "Infinite" and "Big Guns (Freestyle)." The former has a nice vibe to it, I think. Check them out.

Posted in Cassie
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A new Cassie track, "Stamina," has been added to our audio player. It has a nice sound, it could definitely grow on me.

Posted in Elephant Man
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Our audio player has some new music from Elephant Man. There are four tracks in all: "Indian Wine," "Draw We Out," "Gyal Waah Wi" and "You A Di Wife."

Posted in Day26
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A pair of tracks allegedly by Robert Curry of Day26 have surfaced online. They are called "Rain Go Away" and "Shotgun" and they both certainly sound like him. It's unclear when they were recorded.

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Lil' Jon has called on Elephant Man for the dancehall remix to "I Do," which also features Swizz Beatz.

Posted in Red Cafe
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Red Cafe is featured alongside Killer Mike and Smoke Bulgar on Millyz's new single "Cry Baby."

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Jeanne Dupuis at EveryJoe has an interview with Marina Chello.

EJ: What were your musical influences growing up?

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!

Posted by Patrick
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.

Via Lynne d Johnson.

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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.




Via MTV Newsroom.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
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Recently, Gorilla Zoe was interviewed by Steve Wildsmith of The Daily Times and Mark Jordan of the California Chronicle. Both are worth a read. He mentions that his next album, "King Kong," will probably be released around the same time as a third Boyz N Da Hood album, which is tentatively titled "Back n Da Hood."

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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.

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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.


Posted in Bad Boy Films
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There have been a number of features on contestants from "Making His Band" and "P. Diddy's StarMaker" in various publications. I wanted to highlight some of the meaningful ones:

"Making His Band":

Sean Alexander in the Boston Herald
Jaila Simms in ChicagoNow
Jaila Simms on examiner.com
Tommie Brooks in the Post-Tribune

"P. Diddy's StarMaker":

Liz Davis in The Madison Country Herald

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
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Latifah Muhammad at The Boombox reports that Nas' "Hate Me Now" featuring Diddy will be included as part of the soundtrack to the upcoming "Madden NFL 10" video game. It'll be in stores on August 14.

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Janelle Monae's MySpace has a scan from a feature on her fashion in the July 26 edition of The New York Times.

Posted in Gorilla Zoe
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Back in July, a video was posted on Gorilla Zoe's MySpace of the rapper performing a track called "Laffin At Y'all Money." Check it out below.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
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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.


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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.


Posted in Yung Joc
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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.

Posted in Yung Joc
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Yung Joc's Twitter shared download links for "Might As Well" by Joc and "Body Rock" by Sammie featuring Joc.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
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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.


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According to his Twitter, Diddy has been working in the studio with former Bad Boy rapper G. Dep. In another tweet, he mentions that Dep is "on the Last Train to Paris."

G. Dep has had some health and financial troubles, but hopefully he's got himself back on track. I wish him well and I certainly wouldn't mind seeing him return to form as I definitely enjoyed his Bad Boy material.

Via Theo.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
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Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released yesterday.

Albums

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

63. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (up from 65).
89. "Forever in a Day" by Day26 (down from 79).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums

23. "Ready to Die" by The Notorious B.I.G. (re-entry).

Top Rap Albums

25. "Don't Feed Da Animals" by Gorilla Zoe (re-entry).

Songs

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

40. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (down from 31).

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

39. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (down from 31).

Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop

22. "Imma Put It On Her" by Day26 (down from 20).

Posted in Sean John
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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.


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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.

Posted in Bad Boy Films
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On the YouTube Channel of contestant Monet Monico, a commercial for "P. Diddy's StarMaker" has been posted. It plays off of the artwork from Diddy's last album, "Press Play."


Thanks teammonet for the tip.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
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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.




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Talking to MTV News for Mixtape Daily, Red Cafe and Diddy discussed the "Hottest in the Hood.com: Volume One: Welcome to Bad Boy" mixtape. Diddy also briefly discussed the business arrangement with Akon that allowed Red to sign to Bad Boy, as well as Konvict Muzik.