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Posted in Aasim
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On Twitter, David Harraway is offering a free download of "Bad Boy Killed You (Freestyle)" by Aasim, over the beat to Nas' "On The Real." Listen to it below.


Posted in Bad Boy Records
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The music video to DJ Khaled's "All I Do is Win (Remix)" premiered last weekend on MTV Jams. That version of the video has not yet been officially released online, but what has been released is a special Ciroc cut of the video, which was presented by the vodka, care of DJ Khaled's Twitter. It has some different scenes from the one being played on MTV Jams - mainly scenes that include Ciroc. Check it out below.

The song features Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Swizz Beatz and T-Pain and the video also has cameos from both Aasim and Red Cafe.


Posted in Janelle MonŠe
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102.7 KIIS FM's DJ Skee recently interviewed Janelle Monae, before her BET Awards performance (video). Check out a clip from the interview below.


Posted in Janelle MonŠe
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On the same night that Janelle Monae was honored at the 23rd annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, Dr. Dre was also honored. Rap-Up.com interviewed attendees, asking them about the influence of the good doctor. Check out the clip below, with Monae leading off.


Posted in Aasim
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On Twitter, David Harraway is offering a free download of a brand new freestyle by Aasim over the beat from Drake's "Find Your Love." Listen below.


Posted in Bad Boy
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MTV's Hollywood Crush reports that Diddy, Dirty Money, Sean John and Janelle Monae have wracked up a total of 6 nominations in the 2010 Teen Choice Awards.

For his work in "Get Him to the Greek," Diddy received nominations in the "Choice Movie: Fight" (vs. Russell Brand and Jonah Hill), "Choice Movie: Hissy Fit" and "Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer" categories. Sean John was included in the "Choice: Celebrity Fashion Line" category.

Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" was among the nominees in the "Choice Music: Rap/Hip-Hop Track" category and, finally, Janelle Monae's "The ArchAndroid" was nominated in the "Choice Music: AlbumóR&B" category.

You can vote online now. The award show airs on August 9 at 8 PM ET on FOX.

Posted in Dawn Richard
Posted by Patrick
@DawnRichard From Diddy - Dirty Money On The Cover Of @Ghubar... on Twitpic
Earlier today, I mentioned some photos of Dawn Richard in Ghubar Magazine.

Richard is actually featured on the cover of the July/August issue (view the cover).

Posted in Aasim
Posted by Patrick
On Twitter, Aasim mentioned that a remix to "Groupie Chick" (presumably the clean version of "Groupie B****" from Aasim's "Off the Shelf" mixtape) is on the way and will feature Tha Dogg Pound member Kurupt and his younger brother Roscoe.

Posted in Aasim
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Here's an exclusive video of Aasim introducing his "Off the Shelf" mixtape, which was released on Bad Boy Blog last night. It features production from Grind Music and Amadeus and appearances from Diddy, Jack Knight, Mary Brown and more. You can download it for free. Warning: explicit.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
The remix to Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" (featuring Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj) is now available on Amazon.com and iTunes.

This follows the performance of the record on the BET Awards (video) and the release of the music video, which you can watch below.


Posted in Dawn Richard
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CONCRETELOOP.COM has photos from Dawn Richard's photo shoot for French magazine Ghubar.

Posted in Red Cafe
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In promotion of Schuman's National Underclassmen Combine, DJ NoPhrillz has put together "NUC Music Series - NUC You Know Know! Volume 2," co-hosted by Red Cafe. Red Cafe is featured on a number of records from the tape, which you can download over at DatPiff. Check out the front and back covers, track listing and an embedded player below.

"NUC You Know! Volume 2" Mixtape, Hosted by Red Cafe and DJ NoPhrillz (Front Cover)

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Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Back in January, we learned that Janelle Monae would be featured on the upcoming of Montreal album, titled "False Priest." Some more details have come out.

Spin Magazine reports that she will be featured on "Our Riotous Defects" and "Enemy Gene." Furthermore, also back in January, Pitchfork shared a clip of of Montreal singer Kevin Barnes playing a new song, "Enemy Gene." Check out the clip below.


Via Prefix.

Posted in Aasim
Posted by Patrick
We're pleased to officially release Aasim's brand new mixtape, "Off the Shelf," featuring production from Grind Music and Amadeus and appearances from Diddy, Jack Knight, Mary Brown and more. Check out the front and back cover, as well as a full track listing (with production credits), below.


"Off the Shelf" by Aasim (Front Cover)

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Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Diddy is ranked at #68 on this years The Celebrity 100 list, presented by Forbes. As a member of the "Hip-hop impresario" category (seems kind of odd to me that that is an actual category), he was second behind Jay-Z, who ranked #15 overall, and ahead of Lil' Wayne (#74) and Akon (#80). 50 Cent was among the drop-offs.

The rankings and further divided into 5 addition categories, with Diddy's best showing in the "Web Rank" category. It's unclear what exactly that category means.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
According to Janelle Monae's official website, the music video for "Tightrope (Wondamix)" featuring B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco will premiere on MySpace on Wednesday. Watch a sneak peak.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
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The highlight of last night's BET Awards, for me, was the Diddy/Dirty Money performance of "O Let's Do It (Remix)" and "Hello Good Morning (Remix)."

Diddy opened with his verse to Waka Flocka Flame's "O Let's Do It (Remix)." Through the smoke, it looked like Waka might have been backing him, but that is unclear.

After the verse was finished, they went right into "Hello Good Morning" with Rick Ross performing his verse. T.I. came on to perform his and then they reset the record and brought Nicki Minaj up on stage.

The performance was great. The smoke was a problem, unfortunately, as Diddy joked about on the after party later and the only thing that hampered the event.

They finished with Dirty Money, Rick Ross, T.I. and Nicki Minaj front and center on stage. Check it out below.

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Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
At last night's BET Awards, Janelle Monae performed a spirited rendition of Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" in honor of the singer. Check out that performance below.


Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
After the 2010 BET Awards, Diddy hosted the After Party with Taraji P. Henson and had array of guests, including Dirty Money, Janelle Monae, Red Cafe, awards show host Queen Latifah, Big Tigger, Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Nicki Minaj, Young Money and more.

The affair was co-sponsored by "Last Train to Paris," Ciroc and Diddy Beats/Beats by Dr. Dre. Diddy was having fun hosting and promoting. There are an assortment of funny moments, including Diddy telling El DeBarge that he received his first kiss to one of his records.

Watch the whole thing below.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Young Money was awarded with Best Group honors at the 2010 BET Awards last night, besting Dirty Money who had also been nominated in the category.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Earlier this month, we saw some of Rick Ross' "B.M.F." music video. But, that video has since been removed. Check out some behind the scenes video (care of 57ThAve) from the shoot with Diddy and Cassie on hand, as well as DJ Khaled, Styles P. and Jadakiss.

"B.M.F." features Styles P. and if the preview shown from the 3:02 mark through 3:50 is any indication, Diddy appears to have a heavy cameo.

Listen real closely from the 2:24 mark through 2:54. It sounds like an unreleased Diddy rap verse. It's not clear what it is from, however.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Back in May, Diddy revealed his interest in replacing Simon Cowell FOX's hit show "American Idol." At that time, he asked "everybody to get on Twitter, MySpace, Facebook and say that Diddy should get the Simon spot." When I heard that, I thought, how can we lead that effort?

The answer to that question is DiddyForIdol.com, a special mini-site dedicated to helping those who support the idea to spread the word. Originally, we were going to get Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris" album on midnight after the BET Awards. But, since that release was pushed back, I decided to move this one up!

I've never watched an episode of "American Idol" in my life, but if Diddy was added as a judge, I'd start. If you feel the same way, check out DiddyForIdol.com and spread the word today and everyday!

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
To bring the BET Awards to a close, DJ Khaled performed "All I Do is Win (Remix)." He began by performing the original with Ludacris - led in by Luda performing "My Chick Bad" featuring Nicki Minaj.

After Luda performed his verse, Khaled jumped into his remix verse, followed by Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Diddy and Nicki Minaj. Christian Combs and Red Cafe were also on stage.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
On tonight's BET Awards, Janelle Monae paid tribute to Prince with a rousing rendition of his song "Let's Go Crazy," in her usual energetic and enigmatic fashion. From the crowd, Prince seemed to be enjoying it. Nice job by Monae.

Edit: She later returned to the stage with Alicia Keys, Ezperanza Spaulding and Patti LaBelle, all of which also performed tributes to Price.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Dirty Money just performed on the BET Awards. The performance opened in smoke with Diddy performing his opening verse on Waka Flocka Flame's "O Let's Do It (Remix)." It looked like Waka Flocka Flame was next to Diddy during the verse, but the smoke was so thick it was hard to make him out.

After his verse, they broke into "Hello Good Morning" with Rick Ross kicking it off. T.I. came in and performed his verse and then they reset the track and Nicki Minaj emerged from beneath the stage to perform her verse. They performed the rest of the song and they closed, all standing next to each other, at the end of the track.

It was a very strong performance. Great visuals. The one thing was that there was a lot of smoke - so much so that it was making it difficult to see the performers at times. But, as of this moment, it was the strongest performance of the night, in my opinion.

Posted in Aasim
Posted by Patrick
On Twitter, Aasim has announced plans to release a mixtape every month on the first Monday of the month. However, he said his next mixtape, "Off the Shelf" will be released tomorrow, June 28.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
There have been some rumblings online that Janelle Monae will be performing as part of a tribute to Prince tonight on the BET Awards, starting at 8 PM ET on BET. That's not confirmed. But, Stephen Hill, the Vice President of Entertainment and Music Programming for BET, posted a photo on Twitter, saying that "Janelle Monae going CRAZY in rehearsal for the BET Awards."

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
According to DJ Khaled on Twitter, the DJ Khaled's "All I Do is Win (Remix)" music video has premiered on the MTV Jams channel and is the Jam of the Week.

The video features Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Swizz Beatz and T-Pain. Khaled has compared it to the "Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)" video. Check out some behind the scenes footage.

MTV Jams isn't available on a widespread basis. I don't have it. Stay tuned for the online debut of the clip.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Kevin Barnes of the band Of Montreal spoke to Tom Breihan of Pitchfork about the creation of "Make the Bus," a song from Janelle Monae's "The ArchAndroid," which featured the group.

Pitchfork: The song that you've got on the Janelle MonŠe album is really interesting; it's basically an of Montreal song with her singing on it, rather than with you guys playing on her song. It's interesting how it fits into the fabric of that album, and also how it stands out from it. Whose idea was it to put your song on her album?

KB: I guess it just happened organically. I can't really remember a conversation or anything. I think I was just sending them songs. After I met Janelle and [collaborators] Chuck Lightning and Nate Wonder and everybody from the Wondaland Arts Society, it was almost like this romance began. I still feel that excitement. Like, we're in the honeymoon period. It was just super exciting to know each other and to collaborate together, so I can't even really remember how it came about. It just happened organically and now it's there. I haven't really thought about it.

He also revealed that Janelle Monae would be featured on the band's initial "False Priest" tour. "False Priest" is the name of their upcoming album, which will also feature an appearance from Monae.

Via Altsounds.com.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
As I reported earlier this month, Janelle Monae was honored at 23rd annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on Saturday Night. She was given the Vanguard Award, which "recognizes the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music." Past honorees have included The Killers, Santigold, Sara Bareilles, The All-American Rejects, The Strokes, and the Beastie Boys.

According to a press release, the award was presented to her by Big Boi. He referred to her as "high funktress," according to MTV News, who says that Monae accepted the award on behalf of the Wondaland Arts Society.

Posted in Aasim
Posted by Patrick
On Twitter, Aasim revealed that the title of his new mixtape will be "Off the Shelf." It could be a reference to his track, "On the Shelf."

Posted in Aasim
Posted by Patrick
Back in May, we reported that a new Aasim mixtape was coming. Today, on Twitter, Aasim mentioned that his mixtape will have no guest host or DJ - just Aasim.

Posted in Sean John
Posted by Patrick
The Sean John blog has details and photos from the Sean John Pre-Draft Fine Tailoring Experience event that was held last Tuesday and Wednesday for some of the former college players that would be selected in the NBA Draft on Thursday.

They included second overall pick Evan Turner, fourth overall pick Wesley Johnson, fifth overall pick DeMarcus Cousins, seventh overall pick Greg Monroe and thirteenth overall pick Ed Davis.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
The Amazon.co.uk track listing for Rick Ross' upcoming album, "Teflon Don," includes a track titled "No. 1" featuring Trey Songz and Diddy. This track listing does not appear to have been confirmed by any outlets I'm familiar with, however. Stay tuned.

Via Wikipedia.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
It's just one person's opinion, but former "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks told Hollywood Life that Diddy should replace the departing Simon Cowell on "American Idol."

ďAs far as personality goes, he says whatís on his mind. Simon didnít want to hurt peopleís feelings Ė it just came off that way,Ē Idolís season six winner told HollywoodLife.com exclusively during a phone call June 22. ďHeís the best fit! He was great on Making the Band, heís a producer and heís been in the industry for a long time. I think heíd probably be the best fit.Ē

She did say that he'd need to swear less, however, or they'd have to bleep him out "all the time."

In May, Diddy expressed his interest in the post and just last week said that he'd be willing to take a 5% pay cut from what Cowell now receives.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
According to Rick Ross on Twitter, he was shooting a cover for Vibe Magazine today with Diddy. No word on when it will be released.

Posted in Dawn Richard
Posted by Patrick
Sharmela and Kyle has a new interview with Dawn Richard. She mentions that Dirty Money will be performing on "Lopez Tonight" and the "Late Show with David Letterman" as part of the group's promo tour.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Rock Star D Ent has an audio interview with Kalenna of Dirty Money. Check it out below, in six parts.



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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. Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" moves up almost across the board.

Albums

The Billboard 200

104. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 71).

Top Current Albums

97. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 69).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

20. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 14).

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Posted in Aasim
Posted by Patrick
Aasim has thrown a verse onto J. Cole's "Who Dat." You can download it for free (and listen below) care of David Harraway. Thanks Theo for the tip.


Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Friday will mark one year since the passing of Michael Jackson. Billboard rounded up some of today's artists and asked them to reflect on his memory. One of those was Janelle Monae. Check the clip below (I'm excluding the clip from the index page because Billboard runs automatically audio ads on their video embeds).

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Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Busta Rhymes spoke with MTV about the Dream Team, explaining how people were selected and why it's special, to him. Check out the clip below.


Thanks Theo for the tip.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
According to a message from Diddy on Twitter, the remix to Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" featuring Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj (watch the music video) will be available on iTunes on June 29. On a related note, check out the single cover below.

"Hello Good Morning (Remix)" by Diddy/Dirty Money featuring Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj (Single Cover)

Posted in Big Gee
Posted by Patrick
Big Gee is featured on a new record from Jody Breeze, titled "On Everythang," along with fellow Boyz N Da Hood member Big Duke. Check out the music video below.

Thanks Theo for the tip.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
MTV News' Shaheem Reid spoke with Rick Ross about the Supreme Team name change to the Dream Team. He says that it has to do with Irv Gotti. Watch the clip below.

"Shout out to Irv Gotti and their whole movement, they've been repping the Supreme Team for a minute," he explained. "We were caught up in the moment; it just fit the situation so good. We kinda just did our crew thing and ran with it. [The name] got hot in the streets. I think it was only right, us being entrepreneurs coming from the same place, representing the same game, being brothers.



Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Laura Snapes of The Quietus has an interview with Janelle Monae.

We've not got a lot of time, so I'm going to cut to the chase. Can you tell me about the atmosphere you grew up in, and what Kansas is like in terms of creativity?

JM: In Kansas, I was heavily involved in the arts Ė musical theatre, theatre, a capella choir Ė you name it. I was a young playwright as well, I would write plays. I was one of 12 kids at the Coterie Theatre to write at the Young Playwrights' Round Table. Art is my sixth sense, and it led me to New York. I was able to hone my craft there and it kept me out of trouble, so I didn't use my creativity to do any bad things, becauseÖ because you can creatively be good at doing some crazy things in the world. So I was busy with musical theatre, and writing, and focusing on me being an artist that inspires people and heals people. And that led me to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
The Diddy/Dirty Money website has audio from Diddy's recent appearance on "Big Boy's Neighborhood" on Power 106. It's just a quick appearance and there isn't anything newsworthy. They discuss Dirty Money's appearance at Powerhouse 2010.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Back when the music video to Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning (Remix)" premiered (thanks for the retweets, Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross!), the audio on the clip was off - the vocals were not in sync with the clip.

Subsequently, that clip was removed. But, after it's premiere on BET's "106 & Park, it's back online. And the audio is fixed. Check it out below.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Contactmusic reports that, through three weeks, "Get Him to the Greek" has grossed $47,844,275 (plus nearly another $5 million internationally, according to Box Office Mojo). This means that it has now eclipsed the film's $40 million dollar production budget.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
With a music video on the way, Janelle Monae's "Tightrope (Wondamix)" (listen) is now available for digital purchase on iTunes and Amazon.com.

Posted in Ness
Posted by Patrick
The Ness-affiliated Official Street Radio is offering a free download of "I Be On That Money S***" by Reed Dollaz featuring Ness and Peedi Crakk. For the chorus, the song relies on a sample of Nicki Minaj from Robin Thicke's "Shakin' It 4 Daddy." The song was produced by Cardiak and is off of the upcoming mixtape, "The Official Takeover Round 1."

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Los Angeles-based radio station Power 106 held their Powerhouse 2010 concert in Anaheim, CA on June 19. Though not initially featured on the bill, Dirty Money made a surprise appearance, performing "Hello Good Morning."

You can see some video (the audio cuts out a bit past half way through) and photos.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Janelle Monae is featured in the June 21 issue of Pollstar. Check out their feature online.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Despite what was previously reported, the music video for Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning (Remix)", featuring Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj, premiered today on BET's 106 & Park, according to a tweet from the Bad Boy Records Twitter account. Sorry for the confusion.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
For Billboard's Mashup Monday feature, Janelle Monae sang Charlie Chaplin's "Smilie." Check out the clip below for her performance and, after that, she provides some thoughts on the song.

Read the full article to watch the clip (because it has an auto play advertisement).

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Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
The brand new music video for Diddy/Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning (Remix)" has premiered on VEVO. It is supposed to premiere on BET's 106 & Park tomorrow. The track features Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj. It follows the same visuals as the original "Hello Good Morning" music video (watch now), but with some new clips that keep it fresh.

I like the video a lot. It's a shame that the audio is not synced correctly, though, as it really does effect the experience of watching it. Hopefully that'll be fixed soon.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
DiddyBlog.com launched today and Diddy put out a call on Twitter for contributions and story tips. You can e-mail diddyblogdiddyblog [at] gmail [dot] com, if interested.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Back in early May, Diddy announced that he would be launching a blog at DiddyBlog.com. And then, on Saturday, he said it would launch this morning. You can now check it out at DiddyBlog.com.

Before the site launched, I offered some suggestions for how it could best be executed. Having spent some time on the site, I am pleasantly surprised with what I see and I really like what they've put together.

Visually, it's simple, but nice. Powered by WordPress, it is quick loading, easy to read and visually strong. Everything looks good, except for the inspirational quotes being off the side of the screen, even on my large 1280x1024 resolution. But, that is a simple fix.

The blog is broken up into six categories: Inspire, Believe, Feel, Create, Love and Grow. They all feature multiple posts. There are 21 posts so far. That is a lot to digest and, if I had to guess, I would expect it will slow down a bit and that the initial rush of content is just so that the site wouldn't appear empty.

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Posted by Patrick
Check out the clip below for an entertaining Grind Music Radio interview with former Bad Boy/The Hitmen producer Nashiem Myrick. He talks about the creation of "Who Shot Ya," a track he produced, and more. He mentions how, originally, Biggie had included something like "I leave you leaking like Michael Jordan's pops" at the end of his original verse, referring to the untimely death of the basketball star's father.


Thanks Theo for the tip.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
In it's third weekend in theaters, "Get Him to the Greek" was the 4th highest grossing movie in the country, reports MTV's Josh Wigler. "Toy Story 3," "The Karate Kid" and "The A-Team" finished higher. "Greek" grossed $6.1 million.

This follows it's second week, where it was also 4th, with a gross of $9,942,405. At that point, after two weeks, the film had an overall gross of $36,400,720. When the final numbers are released for the third week, the film will have surpassed it's $40 million dollar budget.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
"Hello Good Morning" by Diddy/Dirty Money is now up for sale on iTunes in the U.K., as is the "Team UK" or "Tinie and Tinchy Remix" featuring Tinie Tempah and Tinchy Stryder.

When you look at the store listing, you can see an alternate cover for the single, different from the one released in March.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Check out the video below for Diddy announcing the official launch of DiddyBlog.com, on June 21 at 7 AM (presumably Eastern Time). He first announced the site was coming in early May. The DiddyBlog.com homepage now features a clip of Muhammad Ali and a clock counting down to the launch.


Toward the end of the clip, Mr. Combs asks for feedback, so I thought I'd share my five suggestions for DiddyBlog.com, originally published on May 10.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Back in May, Diddy expressed interest in replacing Simon Cowell on FOX's "American Idol." He said that, to take the role, he'd want to receive the same pay that Cowell was earning.

He's now willing to compromise a bit. According to Musicrooms.net, Diddy told Britain's GMTV that he'd be willing to take a 5% pay cut. He says Cowell was "on something like $34 million." If that figure is accurate, a 5% pay cut would bring it down to $32.3 million.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
According to the Diddy/Dirty Money website, Dirty Money will be featured on Channel4's "T4" on Sunday. Part 1 of their interview airs at 1:30 PM, while part 2 airs at 3 PM.

And if you're in the U.K., you can apparently see a preview on the "T4" website. I'm in the U.S., so I can't.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Back in mid-April, we reported that DJ Chuckie was working on a remix to Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning." That remix has now seen the light of day.

You can listen to it on DJ Chuckie's SoundCloud page. According to Diddy on Twitter, it's supposed to be available as a free download, but at press time, it is only available for listening. I'll post an update when it's available.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Back on June 11, I reported that the Supreme Team name would be changing, according to Diddy, because another group was already using the name and he didn't want to affect their business.

On Twitter, Diddy revealed the new name: the Dream Team.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
On Twitter, Diddy mentioned that DJ SNS had signed to Bad Boy Management, becoming the second DJ to do so, following DJ Prostyle. Here's what Diddy wrote:

#FF The Best Damn Party Dj Period!!! Is signed to BadBoy Management!!! @DJSNS cause I said so!!

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
The French remix to Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" premiered on French radio station Skyrock last Sunday. It features French rapper Booba (video: Diddy discusses the collaboration) with an opening verse to the track, but beyond that, is the same as the original.

You can listen to it on Booba's MySpace.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Last Sunday, Dirty Money premiered the new "Hello Good Morning" French remix on Skyrock radio. The track features French rapper Booba. Below, check out Diddy discussing the collaboration.


Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Ann Powers of The Los Angeles Times has a great feature on Janelle Monae and the Wondaland Arts Society.

"It takes a Puff," said Wonder. "It takes somebody to be your champion. We know he'll stand up for us, for our art. And you can't say that Puff is a small-idea kind of guy."

Writing from Paris, Combs confirmed Wonder's view. "The Wondaland Arts Society knows exactly who they are," he commented. "I know once people see her perform, and hear her sing live, they 'get it.' Ö I respect what they are doing and just want the world to see it. She doesn't conform to any particular genre, and that's what I love about her."

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
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Earlier this week, I reported that Diddy would make an appearance on HBO's "Entourage." The Boombox has a little more information.

The Diddy appearance will come during what's sure to be a quixotic quest for actor Jerry Ferrara under his Turtle guise. The character's storyline throughout the season involves starting a new business and all the ups and downs that come with trying to rustle up the big investments necessary to achieve success in a luxury town. Ferrara is slated to encounter Diddy and Wahlberg on a golf course as he tries to get his funds up.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
Update (6/24/10): Updated the positions held by "The ArchAndroid" and removed the placement of "Hello Good Morning" on the Hot Digital Songs chart, in order to reflect Billboard's own later updates.

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

Albums

The Billboard 200

71. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 49).

Top Current Albums

69. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 48).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

14. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 11).

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Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
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Music producer Alex Da Kid spoke with Rap-Up.com about working with Diddy early one morning. Diddy gave him some interesting direction, but Alex Da Kid is unsure if any of his work will end up on Dirty Money's "Last Night to Paris."

According to Alex, Diddy wasnít shy in expressing quirky suggestions for the sound of a potential hit record. ď[He was] like, ĎI want the beat that makes me feel blue,íĒ he continues, ď[That's] blue as in the color.Ē While disco balls shined in the dimly-lit studio, the ďHello Good MorningĒ artist even went as far as asking for a tune with race and location in mind. ď[Diddy] said to me, ĎI want a beat that makes me feel like a white man in a basement in Atlanta. ... Diddyís hilarious.Ē

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Below, check out the music video for Gorilla Zoe's "Boat," off of his "Zoebama for President" mixtape (free download). This comes care of Zoe's MySpace.


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Q Deezy has a quick, but lighthearted clip with Janelle Monae, where he asks her what she'd be doing right now if she wasn't doing music. And he answers what he'd be doing, as well.


As a bonus, check out his interviews with Diddy and Jonah Hill. Good stuff.

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Check out the short clip below for an interview of Janelle Monae from Distortion 2 Static. She talks about her music.


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Back in March, a BBC report indicated that Diddy was interested in making an investment in a English football (soccer) club. The speculation was that it was the Crystal Palace club. Shortly thereafter, the administrator of that club indicated Diddy had offered "help," but not help that included money.

Speaking to the BBC, Diddy spoke about those reports, indicating that it had been looked into, but that it just wasn't the right business move for him at that moment.

In short, he's open to investing in a club, but it would have to be the right move and that "it's definitely one of [his] dreams one day to be a part of a sports franchise."

Via The Guardian.

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Care of Gorilla Zoe's MySpace, check out the clip below where Zoe lists his top 5 MCs with the reasoning behind each.


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I am really late in picking this up - but, better late than never. Amazon.com has a deluxe version of Janelle Monae's "The ArchAndroid" and when you purchase the full album, you'll receive the Organized Noize remix and the Mouche & Big remix of "Tightrope." When I did my version check a couple of days before the release of the album, I didn't see this one, so that's why we hadn't mentioned it before.

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On Twitter, Capricorn Clark, the Global Brand & Viral Marketing Director for Sean Combs/Bad Boy, passed along a tweet indicating that the music video for the remix of "Hello Good Morning" featuring Rick Ross, T.I. and Nicki Minaj would be premiering on BET's 106 & Park in 7 days. That should mean Tuesday, June 22. Check out some behind the scenes footage from the shoot.

And yes, you read that right. The tweet says Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and T.I. Even though the remix that was released only features Ross and Minaj.

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Check out the clip below to see Day26 working in the studio with music producer Bryan-Michael Cox. A small snippet of a track is played. Cox and the group have collaborated numerous times on their first two albums. He produced "Are We In This Together," "Since You've Been Gone," "Don't Fight the Feeling" and "Just Should've Told You" from their debut album. On their second album, "Forever in a Day," he produced "Stadium Music" and "Babymaker" and co-produced "Need That."

Interestingly, the video title is "A New Day" Coming Soon!" and Brian refers to "A New Day." It's possible that this is the title for the third album, but that is unconfirmed at this point.


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Rap-Up.com has photos from the 53rd Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade, which featured Dirty Money and Cassie.


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According to the Diddy/Dirty Money website, "Get Him to the Greek" has been nominated in the "Choice Comedy" category in the 2010 edition of the Teen Choice Awards. Russell Brand and Jonah Hill both received nods in the "Choice Movie Actor" category. You can vote online.

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On Twitter, Gorilla Zoe shares his new music video for "Mirror." He had a little fun with this one.


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Gorilla Zoe's "Get Off of Me" premiered on an Atlanta radio station in May and then made it's way online.

Now, care of his Twitter stream, you can download it for free.

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Janelle Monae has a length feature in the July issue of In-Style Magazine. Check out the scans on her official website.

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According to one time Diddy assistant O'Neal McKnight, Diddy will be appearing on the HBO show "Entourage." No details on when the episode will air, but we'll have more as it is available.

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Over on her official site, check out scans from the July issue of Nylon Magazine, featuring Janelle Monae.

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If you're not in the U.K. or Europe, you haven't seen the Diddy and Dirty Money appearance on "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross." But, you can check out this quick teaser, where Diddy and host Jonathan Ross compare their lives.


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Booska-P.com reports that, during an appearance on France-based Skyrock's Radio Libre de Difool radio show, Diddy premiered a brand new French remix to Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" featuring an opening verse from rapper Booba. The rest of the track remains the same.

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According to a tweet shared on Diddy's Twitter stream, the video below shows Diddy meeting up with Maitre Gims of the French rap group Sexion d'Assaut. It's pretty funny watching Diddy interact with them, given that they are speaking different languages.

On an interesting note, a tweet from the Twitter account of Maitre Gims, included on that tweet from Diddy's stream, indicates that a remix of Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" is coming, in collaboration with Sexion d'Assaut. At the end of the clip, the word "remix" is also thrown around.


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Check out our audio player for a new record from Jeremy Greene, "Ain't No Way." There is a rapper featured on the record, but it's not immediately clear who it is.

The track was originally labeled as featuring Ludacris, but it's not Luda. A Google search mentions SippiThaTruth a lot and, at the end of the track, it sounds like he says "this is Sippi." So, that sounds like a better bet.

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The Kansas City Star has an interview with Janelle Monae. Check it out.

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This evening on Boston's JAM'N 94.5, Clinton Sparks premiered "I'm Coming," featuring Diddy, Akon and Colby O'Donis. It features a sample of The Jackson 5's "I Wanna Be Where You Are." Diddy provides a spoken word intro to the record.

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Presented by Ciroc, here is a new teaser video for Rick Ross' "B.M.F. (Blowing Money Fast)." Diddy gets a pretty good sized feature in the clip, rocking with Ross. Harve Pierre can be seen briefly, as well. The video ends by saying that there is an "official video" on the way. Warning: explicit.


Via POW TV.

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Yesterday, Dirty Money appeared on "Westwood," hosted by popular British DJ and well known hip-hop supporter Tim Westwood. Diddy spoke on the Lil' Kim and Nicki Minaj situation and they premiered the "Team U.K." remix of "Hello Good Morning" (free download.

You can now listen to the full interview on the BBC website. Dirty Money comes on at the 1:16:16 mark. MTV has some extended text quotes, if you prefer.

I thought it was a good interview, aside from Diddy's continued, and absurd assailing of "the blogs." When he goes into that stuff, I just have to presume that he's not talking about publications like Bad Boy Blog and likely has a limited view and understanding of what blogs are, thinking of the large, well known gossip sites as representative of online writing as a whole.

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Yesterday, Diddy and Dirty Money appeared on BBC's "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross." The group performed, assisted by Matt Helders of the Arctic Monkeys on drums.

On Twitter, Ross referred to the show as "somewhat epic" and shared a photo of himself alongside Dirty Money, Helders and the other two guests on last night's episode, actress Katherine Heigl and comedian Frankie Boyle.

If you're in the U.K. (and, I presume, parts of Europe), you can now watch the episode online. If you're anywhere else, like I am, you can't. But, fear not, as I believe that the episode will air on BBC America at some point. The episode that aired the week before the Diddy/Dirty Money episode in the U.K., aired this week in the U.S. So, if that is the system they follow, the episode will be on BBC America on June 18. If that is confirmed, we'll report it here.

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Over on the Houston Chronicle's Peep blog, Joey Guerra has an interview with Janelle Monae.

"I'm not trying to create weird and experimental music for the sake of being different, because that music can suck," she says. "It's just about creating timeless music that will stay around for generations and generations, that will have the same impact like Songs In the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder.

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According to the Diddy/Dirty Money website, the group's "Hello Good Morning" will be featured on the MTV show "The City." The episode will air on June 15 at 10:30 PM ET.

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In May, a free download of "Hello Good Morning (Remix)" by Dirty Money featuring Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj was made available by Minaj. But, it was a rough version from her mixtape.

Today on Twitter, Diddy is offering a high quality version for free. Download it now.

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Rap Radar reports that the release date for Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris" has been pushed back from June 28 to September 20, forcing fans to wait nearly 3 months longer for the set.

It seemed like the stars were aligning for the album to come out on the night of the BET Awards, following a live Dirty Money performance, solid Diddy saturation due to remix appearances and "Get Him to the Greek" and the continual climb of "Hello Good Morning" on the Billboard charts.

We first heard hints of this during Dirty Money's "Good Morning America" appearance when Diddy said that the album would be coming "Fall, late Summer."

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If you haven't heard, Lil' Kim has been going pretty hard at Nicki Minaj and Diddy is getting drawn into that because of him working with her, praising her and reportedly entering into some form of a management relationship with her.

To hear Kim's general perspective on the manner, check out the interview she did with ThisIs50. Update: Here's part 2.

During the Dirty Money appearance on Tim Westwood's show, Westwood asked Diddy about this situation.

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The brand new "Team U.K." remix to Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" premiered this morning on Tim Westwood's show.

The record features U.K. rappers Tinie Tempah and Tinchy Stryder. On Twitter, Stryder shared a free download of the track. Check it out.

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On Twitter, Game shared a free download link for a new record titled "We Do It B.I.G" featuring Yung Joc. The record samples a Biggie verse from "Juicy" for the chorus. Download now.

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Here is the full feature on Diddy from last night's episode of ABC's "Nightline" with an interview conducted by Martin Bashir. Bashir hits him with some hard questions, but Diddy handed it well, I felt.


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Dirty Money was on BBC's 1Xtra today with host Tim Westwood and during the appearance, they premiered the long awaited U.K. remix to "Hello Good Morning" featuring Tinie Tempah and Tinchy Stryder.

If you think of the remix with Rick Ross and T.I., the music video version, and where they are placed in the song, that is how Tempah and Stryder are placed on this U.K. mix. Tempah opens and Stryder comes in part way through. The beat remains the same.

Hopefully, we'll get our hands on a copy soon. Stay tuned.

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Dirty Money appeared on BBC Radio's 1Xtra today with host Tim Westwood. During the appearance, he said that the name of the Supreme Team would be changing, due to a call from someone informing him that there was already a group with that name that had shot a music video and invested in it. The caller told him that he would cause them some serious financial hardship and so Diddy decided to change the name of the loosely affiliated group of artists.

It's unclear who this Supreme Team group is, but a quick Google search led me to this duo. Who knows if that is really them, however.

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U.S Rap News was at the recent Dirty Money press conference in Paris and took the two clips below, which MTV's Mawuse Ziegbe also reported on.

The remark getting the most attention is Diddy saying that, on the night Biggie was killed, he was supposed to be in London and he convinced Diddy to let him stay in Los Angeles. Diddy wishes he would have put him on the plane. But, this is something that has been talked about before.


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Fittingly, Dirty Money arrived in the U.K via Train from Paris. They proceeded to speak with The Daily Mirror, The Sun and the BBC (video), among other outlets. in headphones has some photos.

There's not a whole lot that's newsworthy in the pieces, that we haven't heard or covered before. Diddy talks about the music, the group and U.K. hip-hop. He mentions the idea of writing a rap for the upcoming wedding of Katy Perry and Russell Brand and says that he's not planning a bachelor party - in fact, he says, wives-to-be generally don't want him near those things

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Bill Forman of the Colorado Springs Independent has a nice interview with Janelle Monae. Worth a read.

Indy: But I mean, they literally believe there's a place called Palace of the Dogs.

JM: There is a place called Palace of the Dogs. It's very true.

Indy: Where is it?

JM: I cannot give you the coordinates as I would be in breach of contract, because I did study there, I lived there. What you'll see with the videos ówe're going to shoot a visual for every single song ó and the narrative will take place at the Palace of the Dogs. So you'll have to wait until the videos are released to actually know more about the Palace of the Dogs. But it is a physical place.

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During today's appearance on Scott Mills' show on BBC's Radio 1, Diddy revealed that Matt Helders, drummer for the Arctic Monkeys, had played drums during the group's performance on "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross."

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Red Cafe spoke to RealTalkNY covering his music, the Supreme Team, his deals with Bad Boy and Konvict and his feelings on the suggestion that hip-hop glorifies violence and drugs. Check it out below.


Thanks Theo.

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Sucker Free Summit, airing on MTV2 on July 25, will seek to crown the best in hip-hop over the past year. Diddy and Dirty Money combined to pick up several nominations for their tracks and/or appearances. This includes:

Verse Of The Year
Rick Ross on Dirty Money's "Angels (Remix)"

Remix Of The Year
Diddy/Dirty Money featuring Rick Ross, "Angels (Remix)"
Diddy/Dirty Money featuring Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross, "Hello, Good Morning (Remix)"
Waka Flocka Flame featuring Diddy and Rick Ross, "O Let's Do It (Remix)"

The People's Crown
Diddy/Dirty Money featuring Rick Ross, "Angels (Remix)"
Diddy/Dirty Money featuring T.I. and Rick Ross, "Hello, Good Morning"

In that final category, you can vote online. The other categories will be determined by "tastemakers from the web, radio, television and print," according to their website.

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In an interview with MTV's Shaheem Reid, Black Rob took responsibility for his lack of albums over the years and revealed that he'll be doing five volumes of his "Game Tested, Street Approved" mixtape. After that, he says that they'll release an album in the first or second quarter of next year, titled "Losing's Not an Option." Check out the clip below.

"I'mma tell you like this," Rob told Mixtape Daily. "I'm blaming myself for that. I wasn't focused. I was running around wild-style. I'm out of town. I'm [telling my label]: 'I'm never coming back to New York.' I didn't have the work ethic that I have right now. If I had the work ethic that I have right now, I'd probably be 10 albums deep. But things happen. We not gonna cry over it. One thing I do know is that the two albums I did put out, they solidified my name and a brand. Therefore, I can come home and do it again. Those two albums left the door wide-open. Like, 'B.R. is nasty. He can come right back.' Not too many people can do what I'm doing right now. Come back home after doing four joints, five joints and pop off again," the rapper said, referring to his time behind bars. "This is a testament right now."


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On Twitter, Janelle Monae revealed that a remix to "Cold War" is coming. She writes that the remix "is very special. Can't wait until you hear."

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Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released yesterday. More good news for "Hello Good Morning" as it continues it's upward move.

Albums

The Billboard 200

49. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 40).

Top Current Albums

48. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 39).

Tastemakers

22. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 14).

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On Sunday, I mentioned a new Dirty Money record that had appeared online, "I Want Your Love." Listen to it now at AllHipHop.com.

It features some intro ad-libs from Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, indicating that he produced it. Diddy's verse is an homage of sorts to Debbie Harry's performance with Blondie on the song "Rapture." The track itself relies on a heavy sample of The Golden Filter's "Favourite Things."

I love this record. Great three verse performance from the trio and Diddy's verse is solid at the end. Just makes me more excited for the diversity that is "Last Train to Paris."

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According to the Diddy/Dirty Money websiteDiddy/Dirty Money website, Diddy will be on ABC's "Nightline" tonight at 11:35 PM ET.

But, on their website, they already have the text feature available. It's a long interview conducted by Martin Bashir. Definitely worth reading. There is also a clip from the interview and a behind the scenes clip. Check those out below.




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Earlier today, I mentioned the Billboard report on Donnie Klang's exit from Bad Boy. He said the following:

Klang said he learned a lot about "the business side of things, not just music," from Bad Boy and its CEO Sean "Diddy" Combs, but added that, "it's tough being on a label where the president of the label is also an artist."

On Twitter, he sought to clarify the statement.

"I just want to clarify," he wrote. "I did the interview with Billboard and expressed a ton of gratitude toward Puff and everything he has done for me."

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According to the show's website, Janelle Monae will perform on tonight's episode of "The Mo'Nique Show" on BET. It airs at 11 PM ET.

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On Universal Music's Off TV Facebook page, you can check out a quick clip from this morning's Dirty Money press conference in France.

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Vibe asked Big Boi if Janelle Monae was signed to him or Diddy and he answered that she's signed to him.

At this point, she's signed to at least four people and companies, it seems. Big Boi, Bad Boy, Atlantic and her own Wondaland Arts Society. But, I don't think anyone has ever doubted that Big Boi was the first big player to discover her.

But, Bad Boy is no stranger to dealing with artists who first signed some sort of production or label deal with a smaller company or individual, whether it be 112 and B5 having deals with Kevin Wales, Gorilla Zoe, Boyz N Da Hood and Yung Joc having deals with Block Entertainment or Janelle Monae.

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Yesterday, Dirty Money performed "Hello Good Morning" on French TV show "Le Grand Journal." Check out the performance on Player CANAL+, care of the Diddy/Dirty Money website.

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AllHipHop.com's Clayton Perry has an interview with Janelle Monae, covering a myriad of topics.

AllHipHop.com: As more and more people become acquainted with Janelle MonŠe, ďthe artist,Ē what would you like for them to know about Janelle MonŠe, ďthe personĒ?

Janelle MonŠe: I'm a doer. I don't really do a lot of talking, I guess. But I'm very interested in uniting. I want you to know that. The thing I love about the Android is that it represents the other. And that's why I connect with the Android. I think that we are going to live in a world with androids soon, because of the rapid advancement of technology. I think, though, that we'll need a mediator for the other and the majority, of the haves and the have nots, the oppressed and the oppressor. There's a saying in Metropolis, the movie, which inspired me. "The mediator between the mind and the hand is the heart." And I consider myself the heart.

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Tim Cashmere of undercover.com.au reports that Janelle Monae will be one of the artists featured on Big Boi's new album, "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty."

Monae is featured on "Be Still." The album is set for a July 6 release. You can pre-order it on Amazon.com.

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Billboard reports on Donnie Klang's announcement that he is no longer signed to Bad Boy Records. Oddly, they refer to it as an "exclusive," even though Singersroom.com reported a couple of weeks ago.

Klang said he learned a lot about "the business side of things, not just music," from Bad Boy and its CEO Sean "Diddy" Combs, but added that, "it's tough being on a label where the president of the label is also an artist."

I can see how it is both a good thing to some and a bad thing to others. A lot of people who are now Donnie Klang fans wouldn't know who Donnie is if Diddy weren't as well know as he is (and the biggest reason he's well known is because he is an artist).

Via Contactmusic.

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On Monday, Janelle Monae performed at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, as part of Erykah Badu's tour. There are some clips on YouTube. KingRay830 took footage while she was performing "Dance or Die," "Cold War" and Smile." Check those clips out below.

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Fashionista's Lauren Sherman and On the Runway's Cathy Horyn report from last night's CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Awards.

Horyn praised the show and mentioned that Diddy was featured in a lighthearted video, joking about the fashion industry.

"One would much rather laugh at the image of the industry, as people did so vigorously during the P. Diddy video, than witness another occasion for self-congratulation," she wrote.

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Rap Radar's B.Dot reports on Def Jam's Rick Ross and Supreme Team conference call featuring Ross, Diddy, DJ Khaled and Mister Cee. Care of Def Jam's Young Sav, you can download the call for free. But, let's talk highlights.

Diddy spoke glowingly of Ross and spoke to the suggestions that he had compared Ross to Biggie, during the music video shoot to
Dirty Money's "Angels (Remix)." We've been over this: Diddy didn't compare him to Biggie, he just said he was sounding like him on one track.

"He's a very unique artist," Diddy said. "He's bigger than just an artist, he's a brand and that's one of the reasons why I wanted to work with him, because I feel we can do bigger and better things. Having worked with Biggie, somebody that also was talking about things from the street. I'm not comparing him to Biggie, because we get started going down that road. But, I am saying that there is similarities in the mental approach of a record that I do have a familiarity with. To me, he's the Biggie of the south, hands down. I heard his album. His album's a classic."

He also called Ross' recent mixtape release, "The Albert Anastasia EP" (free download) "one of the hardest mixtapes in history."

Mister Cee revealed something interesting, which was that the original title of The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Ready to Die" was "Teflon Don," which just happens to be the title of Rick Ross' upcoming release.

"I told Ross a couple of weeks ago - he don't even know this or not - you know, "Teflon Don" was the original title of Biggie's "Ready to Die" album," said Cee. "And so, it's incredible to me how that's the name of Ross' album. Like Diddy said, it's not about Ross sounding like Big, but you cannot deny the zone that Ross is in, from where he was at from the first album to now is just - my n****, you on another planet."

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According to a press release, Janelle Monae will be honored with the Vanguard Award at the 23rd annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.

The award "recognizes the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music" and past honorees have included The Killers, Santigold, Sara Bareilles, The All-American Rejects, The Strokes, and the Beastie Boys. Congrats to her.

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Back in April, I shared the music video for Usher's "Lil' Freak," which was presented by Ciroc. The song features Nicki Minaj and, as I noted then, she raps that she's "plotting on how I can take Cassie away from Diddy."

On Sunday, Usher and Nicki Minaj performed the record at HOT 97 Summer Jam and they brought Cassie out. Check out the clip below, care of mfeenz.com.


Via NickiMinajFanss.

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According to his Twitter page, Black Rob's new mixtape, "Game Tested & Street Approved," will be released on July 4.

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Check out Janelle Monae's official site for her on the cover of 944 Magazine.

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Diddy's appearance on Peter Rosenberg's "Noisemakers" has been moved to July 6, according to the "Noisemakers" website.

Via Elliott Wilson.

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Here is a quick video sneak peak of the music video for "Tightrope (Wondamix)" by Janelle Monae featuring B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco. Previously, I shared some pictures from the shoot.


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Last week, I reported that Diddy would join Jermaine Dupri on stage at the 2010 VH1 "Hip-Hop Honors," with Dupri being one of the honorees. Check out the performance below. The program airs tonight on VH1 at 9 PM ET.


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Josh Wigler of MTV reports that "Get Him to the Greek" was the best new release at the box office in it's opening weekend, grossing $17.4 million.

According to reports, this seems to be a modest success. Wigler calls it "respectable," saying that it nearly halves the film's $40 million dollar production budget.

Other new releases included "Killers" (starring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl), "Marmaduke" and "Spice." They banked $16.1 million, $11.3 million and $7.4 million, respectively, according to Nikki Finke.

Including previous releases, "Greek" finished behind only "Shrek Forever After 3D," which came in with $24.3 million.

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"Get Him to the Greek" premiered last Friday and there are literally hundreds of reviews out for the film. Check out a smaller sampling below. For more, check out the exhaustive list at Rotten Tomatoes, where the film has an aggregate rating of 75%, "Certified Fresh."

Rebecca Murray of About.com (4 and 1/2 out of 5)
Roger Ebert (3 Stars, 1 Thumb Up)
Patrick Kolan of IGN AU (3.5 out of 5)
Michael Rechtshaffen of Reuters
Craig D. Lindsey of NewsObserver.com
Liz Braun of the Toronto Sun
Claudia Puig of USA TODAY (2 and 1/2 out of 4)
Brad Brevet of RopeofSilicon.com (B+)
Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News (4 out of 5)
Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out New York (3 out of 5)
Dylan of WordsFinest (B)
Kam Williams of Black Star News (3.5: Excellent)
Aaron Leitko of The Washington Post (2 out of 4)
Bryan Kristopowitz of 411mania.com (7.5: Good)
David Denby of The New Yorker
Massawyrm of Ain't It Cool News (Highly Recommended)
Richard Corliss of TIME
A.O. Scott of The New York Times

Finally, check out the video review by Richard Roeper below. He gave it an A-.


Via Josh Wigler and SOHOOD.

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Diddy/Dirty Money will make their U.K. debut with a performance on BBC's "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross," according to a ticket giveaway promoted by Diddy's Twitter. Check the BBC website for listings.

For those of us in America, the show does air on BBC America on Fridays at 10:20 PM ET. But, it's unclear when the episode with Diddy will be shown on the channel. If I hear anything, I'll have it here.

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The LupE.N.D. and Lupe Fiasco's official site have photos from the music video shoot for "Tightrope (Wondamix)." No word on when it will be out.

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A new song by Dirty Money has appeared online. The record, labeled "I Want Your Love," features some opening ad-libs from producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. Essentially, it features 3 verses: one from Dawn Richard, one from Kalenna and then a rapped verse by Diddy, along with a chorus that (sounds like it) features all three singing. Sounds like a very solid record. Stay tuned for a legitimate link to listen to it.

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The Diddybeats in-ear headphones (watch my unboxing) have been out for a couple of weeks now, so I thought I'd put together a round up of reviews that have appeared online. If given, I've included the star or number rating that the review provided in parentheses next to the link.

Ali of Chip Chick
Caleb Denison of Digital Trends (7.5 out of 10)
Sal Cangeloso of Geek.com
Josh Holat of Appletell (4 out of 5)
Jasmine France of CNET (4 out of 5)
Beatweek Magazine

Finally, here are a pair of video reviews: one by Mark of SoldierKnowsBest and another by Sarnie of NBucketTV (via Current):




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Contactmusic has the story of a prank that Diddy pulled on Jonah Hill one day while driving around Los Angeles. Apparently, Diddy convinced Hill that he was drinking vodka while driving and had a loaded gun in the car. "I'm, like, freaked out... I'm scared of Diddy," Hill says.

But, later, Diddy admitted that he was actually drinking water and there was no gun.

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In an interview with New York Magazine, "Get Him to the Greek" director Nick Stoller spoke about working with Diddy and teaching him about improv.

Tell me about Diddy. He was my favorite part in the movie; who knew he was so funny! (Besides for him, that is.)

When I was writing the script. I thought of him as that part [a hard-nosed, maniacal record exec]. And he came in to audition, and I really hoped heíd be good, and he was amazing ó hilarious. He has a crazy energy that has been untapped for the most part. The guy doesnít sleep, which is interesting. It took him a little while to get used to the idea of improv, but once weíd loosen him up, heíd be so funny. Thereís a scene in the movie with Diddy and Pharrell, and Pharrell was kind of getting his bearings on set, and Diddy goes, ďOh, yeah, we do a lot of improv here.Ē And I was like, I canít believe Sean Combs just said, ďWe do a lot of improv.Ē I've turned Sean Combs into a comedy nerd!

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Lauren Carter of the Boston Herald has an interview with Janelle Monae.

ďWe have performance art, musicians, screenwriters, visual artists, you name it, and weíre very self-contained,Ē Monae said from her tour bus, which was in Atlanta when she called. ď[Diddy] saw that and was very inspired by it and said, ĎI just want people to know about what you guys are doing.í Heís been a man of his word, and this is a partnership. Heís a campaign champion. He endorses what the Wondaland Arts Society is doing.Ē

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Birthplace Magazine reports that Diddy will be the next guest on Peter Rosenberg's "Noisemakers." The intimate interview series has featured Q-Tip, ?uestlove, Talib Kweli, Bun B, Pete Rock, Raekwon and DJ Premier. During the interview, a live band plays a musical tribute to the interviewee.

It all takes place on June 15 at 92YTribeca. Unfortunately, tickets are sold out.

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Recently, Diddy was down in Miami to host the "Best of the Best" concert. He also jumped on stage to perform some songs, including DJ Khaled's "All I Do is Win (Remix)."

The clip is almost 13 minutes long, but for the main Diddy-related and performance footage, you can stop at the 2:27 and start back up at 7:54. Diddy (backed by his sons) performs the "O Let's Do It" remix with Rick Ross and Gucci Mane.


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Here is our second round up of published reviews of Janelle Monae's "The ArchAndroid," following the first one that we did in May. If a rating was provided by the reviewer, I've included it in parentheses next to the link.

Matthew Perpetua of Pitchfork (8.5)
Jahmil of HYPE LG (4 out of 5)
Ismael Abdu Salaam of AllHipHop.com (9 and 1/2 out of 10)
Chris Barth of Pretty Much Amazing (79 - Great)
Genevieve Koski of The A.V. Club (A-)
Slava Kuperstein of HipHopDX (4 out of 5)
Dan Vidal of URB (5 stars out of 5)
George Lang of StaticBlog (97)
Nick Freed of Consequence of Sound (3 and 1/2 stars out of 5)
Claydom Purdom of Cokemachineglow.com (85%)
Matthew Cole of Slant Magazine (4 stars out of 5)
Andy Kellman of allmusic (4 stars out of 5)
Jon Pareles of The New York Times
Brentin Mock of The Atlantic
Doug Levy of Flavorwire
Mark Edward Nero of About.com (4 and 1/2 stars out of 5)
People Magazine (4 stars)
Nate Ragolia of Gas Lantern Media
Dan Pardalis of 411mania.com (7.0 - Good)
Chris DeLine of Culture Bully
Brian McCollum of the Detroit Free Press (4 stars)
Sam Stander of The Daily Californian
Jelani Sims of Blogcritics
Quentin B. Huff of PopMatters (9 out of 10)

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This morning, Dirty Money performed on ABC's "Good Morning America." Below, check out the web exclusive backstage pass feature for a brief interview.


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Rap Radar spoke with comedian Eddie Griffin about his appearance in Diddy's "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" music video. In that clip, he sat in a car next to Biggie as two experienced a traffic stop. Check out Griffin's thoughts below. Warning: it's explicit.


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Dirty Money performed this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America."

They performed "Hello Good Morning" and a snippet medley of past hits by or featuring Diddy, including "Last Night" (with Dawn Richard and Kalenna singing Keyshia Cole's parts), "It's All About the Benjamins (Remix)" and "Mo Money Mo Problems." Que, formerly of Day26, appeared on stage to stick background vocals during the medley.

During the brief interview segment, Diddy said that "Last Train to Paris" was coming out in the "Fall, late Summer." It's odd because, up until now, he's simply been saying that the album was coming out on June 28, which was the previously announced and promoted release date. Why would he say "Fall, late Summer" if the release date is June 28? Plus, June 28 isn't generally considered to be "late summer." Has the release date changed? Stay tuned.

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Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released yesterday. "Hello Good Morning" continues it's steady rise.

Albums

The Billboard 200

40. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 17).

Top Current Albums

39. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 16).

Top Internet Albums

22. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 17).

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Amy Kaufman of the Los Angeles Times has a feature on Diddy, with quotes from him, "Get Him to the Greek" producer Judd Apatow and director Nicholas Stoller and acting coach Susan Batson. It makes for a great read.

"I think this role will definitely be a revelation to people," said Combs, known to most as Diddy, as he leaned into a couch backstage at the Greek Theatre last month. "People have this perception of me ó which is my fault ó of maybe a rapper or Champagne-sipping and Hamptons and white fur and just clichť type of things that are just kind of old and dated and corny, which isn't how I am today, you know? That was just part of my image for a second. It wasn't who Sean is. You evolve ó like, I need to retire my diamond necklace and fur jacket now. Things change. Times change." ...

"Our shoots are demanding, and he was on set every day, exactly on time and super-prepared," added Stoller in a separate interview. "And that's why he's a mogul. You can't be where he's at in his career and show up to things late. He treated it like a real learning experience ó like, 'You guys understand comedy; I want to learn that.'"

Via Rap-Up.com.

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In a wide ranging interview with HipHopDX, Black Rob talks about his time in prison, his past run-ins with the law, publishing issues (mentioned in a new track "Delusional") and more. He also confirms that, as of two days ago, he is no longer under contract with Bad Boy Records.

HipHopDX: I just gotta start off by saying that ďDelusionalĒ , that s*** goes hardÖ Now, you know I gotta have you elaborate on that second verseÖ ďHow this dude got my publishing checks in a tight yokeÖWrote contracts up thatís designed to leave you brokeÖĒ

Black Rob: I donít want nobody to get [any] misconceptions that I was talking about Puffy. Iím not talking about Puffy. See, when I signed to Bad Boy [Records] I was already [in a production] deal with [someone else.] We [had] already signed a contract that was designed to [basically] invest in him my whole career Ė a publishing check, a recording contract. So, itís not Puffy. Puffy ainít got my publishing checks in a tight yoke, Puff got the publishing that I gave him [from] the initial signing of the contract. [But], Puff ainít got my publishing checks, itís this Ray Roterio dude that weíre looking for, [but] we canít find himÖ[In the song when I say] ďthe mirrors and the smoke was fooling the townís folk,Ē thatís [about] Bad Boy. I just wanna make it clear. ...

DX: I understand that Puff wants you back on Bad Boy?

Black Rob: It was something spoke about it like that with the Vice President of Bad Boy, [Harve Pierre], myself and Puffy on the phone. But, Puffyís doing what heís doing right now with all these other artists. So, Iím not gonna try to take a backseat to none of these artists that ainít selling no records. Ainít none of them selling more records than me. None of Ďem sold more records than me, so Iím not goní take a backseat to none of them dudes. None of them n***** is better than me. I donít care how many records you make my man.

I'm a big fan of Black Rob. I have bought his music, multiple copies of it in some cases. But, there is something seriously wrong with this statement. Black Rob's first album, "Life Story" was a great album. It went platinum. Going platinum in 2000 is probably akin to selling 250,000-400,000 records today. It had a big hit in "Whoa," which peaked at 43 on The Billboard Hot 100. That was the only record to hit that chart, from the album, album that spawned four music videos. It was a successful album, credit to everyone involved. There are many reasons Black Rob sold that many records. It wasn't just because of Black Rob.

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HipHopDX reports that, during an appearance in Miami (video below), Diddy announced that DJ Prostyle had been signed to Bad Boy Management as part of a new "DJ management division," of which Prostyle represents the first signing.

This marks the second confirmed signing to Bad Boy Management, following Rick Ross, which was officially announced last month. Billboard reported back in April that Nicki Minaj would also be under the umbrella, but Diddy has specifically avoided confirming that.


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In an interview with Rap-Up.com, Nelly says that Diddy will be featured on his upcoming album, "Nelly 5.0."

Back in July, "1,000 Stacks" featuring The Notorious B.I.G. and Diddy appeared online. Later, in December, Nelly confirmed that Diddy would serve as a producer on his next album.

It's unclear if all of these mentions are one in the same ("1,000 Stacks") or if there are more tracks coming that feature the duo.

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Dan DeLuca of The Philadelphia Inquirer has an interview with Janelle Monae. They talk "The ArchAndroid," artistry and more.

"Each artist that's committed to art has the opportunity to see beauty and messages that a normal person may not be able to see," she says. "I want to do that on my own terms, and I know I have a responsibility to the people who are going through everyday life's obstacles, and are feeling oppressed and depressed and suppressed. And I definitely want to create music that empowers and uplifts them. This is my job."

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Diddy and Jd. But why is Diddy rappin about NYC? Disre..lol
According to a press release and the 2010 VH1 Hip-Hop Honors website, Diddy was added as a last minute performer for the show, which will air on VH1 on June 7 at 9 PM ET.

The show will honor The 2 Live Crew, J. Prince, Jermaine Dupri, Luther "Luke" Campbell, Master P, Organized Noize and Timbaland. It's unclear who Diddy is performing in honor of, but it's being taped this evening and AllHipHop.com CEO Chuck Creekmur posted the photo above (click to enlarge) of Diddy on stage with Jermaine Dupri and said that Diddy was rapping about New York City. I'll take a wild guess and and say they were performing the "Welcome to Atlanta" remix.

Update: Creekmur confirmed to me that the song was, in fact, the "Welcome to Atlanta" remix.

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Initially, Diddy had said that he would be appearing on BET's 106 & Park today, Thursday, but that has changed. Diddy says he'll be on the show on Friday, instead, and the BET.com schedule has him appearing along with the cast of "Get Him to the Greek."

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Black Rob's Twitter supplies a free download of a new track, "Shake A Leg."

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On Twitter, Swizz Beatz posted a tweet saying how there is nothing worse than a song leaking when it's not finished "because people don't get the full effect." He also included the #ULTRA Twitter hashtag three times.

Due to the timing of these comments, it seems likely that he is referencing the leak of his unfinished track for Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris," which featured a guest appearance from Jay-Z with two verses from the rapper. The second verse on the track sounded as though it may be a reference vocal for someone, perhaps Diddy.

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Check out the clip below for an in-club performance of Gorilla Zoe's "Get Off Me," which he debuted in mid-May. You can listen to the studio version in our audio player.


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Here is the opening title sequence for "Get Him to the Greek." There's no appearance from Diddy in here, it is mainly a telling of Aldous Snow's story. There is some explicit language and content.


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PopEater.com has a video interview with Diddy, Jonah Hill and Nick Stoller focused on "Get Him to the Greek." Diddy talks about one of the moments that he ad-libbed.


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Early in May, we heard a snippet of a track that Swizz Beatz had produced for Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris.". Diddy called the record the "last joint" on the album.

A supposedly unfinished version of this song has appeared online, featuring two verses from Jay-Z and lasting just under 3 minutes. No vocals from Dirty Money are featured. But the beat, chorus, etc. is the one that we heard when Diddy played the snippet of the track, referred to as "Ultra" due to the word being repeated by Swizz Beatz during the chorus.

The second verse sounds as though it may be a reference vocal for Diddy. It name drops Ciroc, "Last Train to Paris" and includes this line: "me and Hov, two yachts, playing bumper cars."

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Following the clip I shared earlier today, Derick G. has more footage from DJ Khaled's "All I Do is Win (Remix)" music video. The track features Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Swizz Beatz and T-Pain.


Via Nah Right.

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A new Chris Brown track featuring Diddy has appeared online. It's called "Curse" and it features a couple of rap verses from the Bad Boy CEO.

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Warning: this is an explicit clip. Playboy.com has an exclusive clip from "Get Him to the Greek" where record executive Sergio Roma (played by Diddy) introduces his intern Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) to a girl named Destiny. Diddy's look at the :34 second mark is hilarious.

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Below, check out a new clip from "Get Him to the Greek" with Diddy, Russell Brand and Jonah Hill. Rock star Aldous Snow (played by Russell Brand) wants record label intern Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) to hide some drugs for him. Green is unsure and seeks counsel with record executive Sergio Roma (Diddy). The clip is restricted and R-rated.


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Sean John will be launching it's second pop up shop in Los Angeles, open from June 4 through 30. It'll be located at 8570 West Sunset Boulevard and you'll be able to find the spring/summer and early fall 2010 sportswear collections as well as sunglasses, fragrances and an exclusive denim and knit capsule collection available only at this store.

The first pop up shop opened in Miami during the NFL Super Bowl and Pro Bowl. We then learned that they planned for more of these in the future and this is evidence of that.

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MySpace hosted some special "Black Curtain" screenings of "Get Him to the Greek" in New York City, London, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Check out the clip for some footage from the screenings. Diddy appears toward the end of the clip.


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Vibe spoke with Aziz Ansari, who starred in "Get Him to the Greek" alongside Diddy, about Diddy's acting and comedic timing.

I could tell from the table read [that Diddy] just seemed like he was really serious. He did a good job, so I would say he does know what comedic timing is. [Laughs.] Thereís definitely some improvisation that goes on. We finished the scenes and he was probably on the phone on like 10 Bluetooths dealing with the Diddy empire.

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In the player below, you can listen to the brand new "Wondamix" of Janelle Monae's "Tightrope." It features rap verses from B.o.B, Lupe Fiasco and Monae herself. Farther down, check out the single cover for the record.


"Tightrope (Wondamix)" by Janelle Monae featuring B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco

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57ThAve has some great behind the scenes footage from music video shoot for DJ Khaled's "All I Do is Win (Remix)." The song features Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Swizz Beatz and T-Pain. Khaled has already compared to video to the iconic "Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)" video. Check out the behind the scenes below.


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Last week, the album cover for Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris" premiered.

Who shot the photo? It was Jarrod "Jrod" Kimber who took the photo during a vacation in 2008. He posted the picture on his blog in December of that year. On May 30, he posted an entry talking about how the photo ended up as an album cover.

In short, he was contacted multiple times by Interscope, who wanted to buy the rights to the photo to use it as an album cover. But, he didn't know what act it was for. Turns out, it was for "Last Train to Paris."

Via Rap Radar via Rap-Up.com.

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Over on the Ciroc website, you can check out the brand new Ciroc ad campaign with Diddy and his "Get Him to the Greek" cast member, comedian Aziz Ansari. It's called "Perfectly Smooth" and it's pretty entertaining.

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AskMen.com's Peter Schwartz spoke with Diddy about what the perfect night out looks like. Check out the clip below.

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Following the first two excerpts posted online from Diddy's cover feature in the June issue of XXL, XXLmag.com has a large portion of the piece available on their website.

After the taping [of "Inside the Actor's Studio], Diddyís dressing room is calm. His mother, Janice Combs, sits quietly. His good friend, the unsigned rapper Jay Electronica shows off his iPad, while Diddyís artist Cassie gets half of her head shaped up by a barber. Meanwhile, Diddy huddles with his manager, Chris Lighty of Violator Management, and co-manager James Cruz. ďHe went in,Ē Puffy says about Liptonís methodical and agonizingly obsequious interview. ďIt was surreal for me to be on Inside the Actors Studio. It was surreal for me to be on that stage.Ē

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Janelle Monae is one of the artists currently featured on Fuse's Incoming!. According to the site, "Incoming! brings you a selection of artists that come with Fuse's highest recommendation."

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On Saturday, I reported that a music video was on the way for "All I Do is Win (Remix)" by DJ Khaled featuring Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Swizz Beatz and T-Pain.

The video isn't out yet, but MTV News reports that Khaled is comparing it to the iconic music video for Craig Mack's "Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)." That track featured The Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes, Rampage, LL Cool J and ad-libs from Diddy.

"I know this is hard to say these type of things, but there's only one remix video I know that was exciting like this and it was called 'Flava in Ya Ear,'" he said.

Listen to Khaled talk about the video and the crew's exploits this weekend.


Via Rap Radar.

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On Twitter, Hustle Boy is sharing a free download of "Later Alligator" featuring Gorilla Zoe. You can listen to the track below.


Via khal.

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Check out the clip below for a short snippet of Gorilla Zoe's appearance on Durrough's "Hood Fetish" remix.


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Over on her official site, you can check out a scan from the June 7 issue of Time Magazine, featuring Janelle Monae with some praise for "The ArchAndroid."

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Care of Def Jam, check out this video from Miami this weekend as DJ Khaled performs the "All I Do is Win" remix with Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Diddy and Nicki Minaj.