NODFACTOR.COM has an interview with music producer Tony Dofat. It focuses on his work with Diddy during the Bad Boy CEO's days with Uptown Records. In addition, Dofat discusses how Faith Evans was introduced to Diddy.
I did this Christopher Williams beat and Vincent Herbert came in the studio and said ďI got this girl from Jersey, her name is Faith. Yo she sings.Ē He brought her by the studio and she sang for us. We asked her if she could do something for the Christopher Williams records and she said yeah. She went into the booth after I did the beat she sang on it. We said she sounded hot. That was her first time in the booth and we were like, we gonna keep that. Puff ended up signing her and she became a super star.
In an interview with MTV UK, Bad Boy producer Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson revealed that he has produced songs for French Montana, Machine Gun Kelly and Red Cafe that have yet to be released. All 3 artists could release albums this year, though only Montana has a release date. His "Excuse My French" album is set for a July 17 release.
In the latest issue of B.O.S.S. E-Magazine, Bad Boy producer Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson talks about the importance of education and his educational background, including an interesting experience in college. You can read it for free.
The Source has some behind the scenes photos and a little bit of video from the music video shoot for French Montana's "Pop That," which features Rick Ross, Drake and Lil' Wayne. In the clip, you can hear some of Drake's verse.
"It was ahead of its time," he said. "He rapped from a perspective of someone who lived a full life. He rapped from a perspective of someone looking ahead, someone who was looking to move on from one phase to another. It was a double album which was a bold move. It also showed that he was an artist of substance, so much that one album would not be enough. He's honestly one of the greatest to ever do it.Ē
Machine Gun Kelly kicked off a second season of his web video series "KellyVision" today with the clip below. In it, he gives you a tour of his "Lace Up" tour bus before engaging in some general chaos.
Meek Mill has released a video update from Drake's Club Paradise Tour, which he is featured on alongside French Montana. In the clip, which you can watch below, Meek Mill freestyles with Montana playing hype man.
Cassie is among the artists set to appear on Far East Movement's new album, "Dirty Bass." It has already been released in Australia and is set for release in the U.S. on June 11. For now, you can listen to a preview on the iTunes Australia store.
In an interview with Karen Civil, French Montana listed a number of artists that he has collaborated with for his upcoming album, "Excuse My French," due out on July 27.
Among them: Kanye West, The Weeknd, Travis Barker and Uncle Luke. Last week, we learned that he was working with Barker, though it wasn't made clear that they were working on Montana's album. Meanwhile, Uncle Luke will appear on "Pop That," his upcoming single that will also feature Rick Ross, Drake and Lil' Wayne. He also mentioned frequent collaborator Harry Fraud.
There are five subcategories within the rankings, including Money, TV/Radio, Press, Web and Social. Diddy ranked highest in Web (#22), followed by Money and Social (both #36). He was #60 and #67 in TV/Radio and Press, respectively.
Idolator.com has the premiere of new music video for the brand new R3hab remix of Cassie's "King of Hearts." It was shot in London and Paris. According to the article, shooting in Paris was "overseen" by Diddy. Meanwhile, Capricorn Clark did the same in London. The music video was directed by Julien Bachelet. Watch below.
Diddy's son Quincy Brown, recording under the name of Quincy, recently released the music video for his single, "Stay Awhile." The music video features cameos Diddy's other sons, Justin and Christian, as well as Justin Bieber. Diddy isn't in the video, but he is in this behind the scenes footage and has a proud father moment at the end.
Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker told AllHipHop.com that when he's feeling defiant, sometimes he'll listen to The Notorious B.I.G. In addition, he said that the rapper released one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all-time in his eyes. Watch below.
Machine Gun Kelly is working on the artwork for his debut album, "Lace Up," and he is looking for submissions of photos of fan tattoos featuring either the MGK logo or the Lace Up logo. The deadline is tight - May 10 through May 18. You may want to take a look through the rules, which say that the photo becomes the property of Universal Music Group. That aside, you can enter now.
For DJ Prostyle's birthday celebration at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, French Montana performed. He brought out a surprise guest in Akon, and the two performed "Hurt Somebody," Akon's new single that features the rapper. Watch below.
Drita D'Avanzo, one of the women featured on VH1's "Mob Wives," recently contributed a verse and appeared in the music video for French Montana's "Everything's a Go." Part of the creation process was featured on a recent episode of the show.
This included a meeting at Bad Boy with marketing head Jason Wiley and Blue Flame's Nick Storm, who works a lot with the Ciroc brand. Following that, D'Avanzo records a verse and sends it to Bad Boy. Finally, she shoots the music. Watch the full episode below.
In an interview with HipHopDX, Bad Boy producer Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson talks about working with Diddy and Bad Boy, preparing to go on tour with Trey Songz and more.
DX: Well, let me ask you this as people always go on about Diddy not doing things for them when they are signed to him in whatever way. When you look at him and how he came up, he certainly didnít have things handed to him on the proverbial silver platter. Do you think that that is what he is looking for when he signs people to the label, people who are able to be self-sufficient?
Amadeus: That is a great question. I couldnít say that any better as thatís exactly how I feel. You have to show and prove and that is the same with everybody, the artist deals, producer deals. You canít just sign on the dotted line and then watch everything fall into place. Itís the total opposite, even though you signed on the dotted line and your name is now connected with Diddy and Bad Boy [Records] and you wear that brand, you canít just sit back, I had to work harder when that deal came about. Diddy has earned and created a lot of what he has on his own and I look at that as inspiration. Of course if I need something that is there or things given, of course I am going to take them, but as I always say, no one will work harder for you than you.
Machine Gun Kelly is among the long list of acts set to appear on this year's iteration of the Warped Tour. They caution that not all acts will appear on all dates, but you can buy tickets on their website.
Machine Gun Kelly is currently in the middle of the Hostile Takeover tour with Tech N9ne and, last night, he performed in Seattle. The same venue is hosting a second show tonight, but Machine Gun Kelly was not able to take the stage, due to an altercation with security the previous night.
"There was an altercation between the venue security and our team last night, as a result, I'm banned from the show tonight," he wroteon Twitterin a series of messages. "I apologize to all the Seattle fans that are affected. This really sucks... I'm only human, I still have some growing up to do. Thanks to everyone who understands and still rides for the kid. Stay laced."
On Wednesday, Rick Ross and Maybach Music Group held a press release to announce a series of album releases dates, as well as the signing of Omarion. Diddy appeared to praise Ross, begging at the 11:14 mark in the video below. Warning: His comments are for adult audiences only.
During today's Maybach Music Group press conference, Rick Ross officially announced the signing of singer Omarion and premiered the trailer for the music video for "Let's Talk," the first single that he will release. The song features a sample of The Notorious B.I.G.'s vocals from "Big Poppa."
During today's Maybach Music Group press conference, French Montana announced the first single for his upcoming "Excuse My French" album will feature Rick Ross, Drake and Lil' Wayne. I believe that he said that the title was "Pop That."