Forbes has updated their The Forbes Five list of the 5 wealthiest artists in hip-hop. It is a list they debuted last year with Diddy at #1, possessing an estimated wealth of $550 million.
On this year's edition, his estimated wealth has grown by $30 million to $580 million. According to Zack O'Malley Greenburg it is once again his stake in Ciroc that is paying the most dividends. The same 5 artists make up the top 5 in the exact same number, even though the amounts have remained the same. Here is the full list:
1. Sean "Diddy" Combs, $580 million (up from $550 million)
2. Shawn "Jay-Z" Cartner, $475 million (up from $460 million)
3. Andre "Dr. Dre" Young, $350 million (up from $260 million)
4. Bryan "Birdman" Williams, $150 million (up from $125 million)
5. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, $125 million (up from $110 million)
Producer and frequent French Montana collaborator Harry Fraud has released "Adrift," a new mixtape you can download for free on DatPiff.com. It features tracks with Montana and Diddy, all produced by Fraud. These tracks include:
3. Lay Low by Prodigy featuring French Montana
9. Wake Up by Trae Tha Truth featuring French Montana
15. Garbage Bag Money Freestyle by French Montana
17. I'm a Coke Boy (Remix) by Chinx Drugz featuring Rick Ross, Diddy and French Montana
2. Puttin' On by Ray Jr. featuring Machine Gun Kelly and Slim Gudz (produced by Pyrexxz)
4. BIFC by Young Shank featuring Machine Gun Kelly and Drama (Produecd by Peso)
5. Ratchet by Machine Gun Kelly featuring Ray Jr., E-V, Tezo, Dub-O, JP and Pooh Gutta (Produced by JP Did This 1)
10. 100 by Ray Cash and Machine Gun Kelly
30. Fast Money by CJ featuring Machine Gun Kelly, Geno and Kris Friday
32. Champions by Machine Gun Kelly featuring Puff Daddy
Last night at The FADER FORT at the South by Southwest Music festival, French Montana performed a set and brought out Macklemore and Diddy. In the clips below, you can watch Macklemore perform "Thrift Shop" and Montana perform "Stay Schemin" as Diddy exits.
TMZ is reporting that Mizay Entertainment and Debra Antney are suing French Montana, alleging that the rapper negotiated concert deals in breach of their exclusive management contract. Montana signed with Mizay back in 2010.
Gucci Mane has released "Trap Back 2," a free mixtape that you can download from DatPiff.com. One of the songs included is "Done With Her," a collaboration with French Montana that was produced by Zaytoven.
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released today. French Montana's "Freaks" makes a lot of noise and Biggie's "Greatest Hits" is now #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums chart for the first time.
The Billboard 200
111. "Greatest Hits" by The Notorious B.I.G. (down from 80).
Top Current Albums
165. "Lace Up" by Machine Gun Kelly (down from 150).
Top Catalog Albums
9. "Greatest Hits" by The Notorious B.I.G. (down from 8)
French Montana's Excuse My French Tour was in Atlanta last night and he brought out a few guests. Among them: former Bad Boy artist Black Rob, who Montana brought on stage to perform "Whoa." Watch below.
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Mac Miller and Vince Staples have created a new game: "I Heard Diddy." You can watch them play in the video below, a bonus clip from the latest episode Mac Miller & The Most Dope Family. The game plays off of Diddy's longevity in entertainment with the players making up highly suspect facts as they go. Examples:
"Diddy was friends with Walt Disney"
"I heard Diddy was Bruce Lee's first agent"
"Diddy grades all the SATs and they tell you it's a machine, but it's really just Diddy with a red pen"
Though Daddy's House is Bad Boy's recording studio, plenty of non-Bad Boy artists visit and work within it. At any rate, just to be safe, I reached out to Bad Boy's marketing department and they confirmed that Sinanaj is not signed and that she was just visiting Daddy's House while another client was in the studio working.
In honor of the 16th anniversary of the passing of The Notorious B.I.G., Tim Westwood has released footage of the late rapper and Diddy, then under the stage name Puff Daddy, performing in London. They work through portions of "Who Shot Ya," Warning," "Gimme the Loot" and "Juicy." The performance was at a party to celebrate Westwood joining Radio 1.
Already nominated for Woodie of the Year, Machine Gun Kelly has also pulled hosting duties, as he will co-host the 2013 mtvU Woodie Awards with Tegan and Sara. The event is March 14 at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, TX.
At the time, I did what I could to calm that speculation, explaining that the description itself was vague enough to have multiple meanings. It could simply speak to Diddy offering support to Cha$e and the work that he is doing.
Women's Wear Daily reports that Sean John has hired two new executives: Vincent Panzanella as vice president of marketing and Dean Arcuri as vice president of creative direction.
Panzanella previously worked as Tommy Hilfiger's senior director of marketing, while Arcuri was marketing director at Ralph Lauren.
"I'm excited to have both Vincent and Dean as part of our new team," said Sean John president Jeff Tweedy via press release (below). "I'm confident they will both play critical roles as we continue Sean John's growth and work to energize the brand through dynamic new marketing initiatives and the creation of a strong visual identity in the media, at retail and online."
Diddy made an appearance on last night's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! and much of the conversation focused on parenting and on Diddy's first father/daughter dance with his twins, D'Lila and Jessie. At the end, Mark Wahlberg came out with some bottles of AQUAhydrate. Watch below.
Last week's launch of AQUAhydrate or, at least, the launch of Diddy's official involvement, was the "biggest water launch in history," according to the brand.
This claim was made via press release (below), though they didn't cite what the previous biggest launch, or the record they had broken, was. AQUAhydrate says that they received 2 billion media impressions from the press coverage that was generated.
"We are here to make an impact and show the world we are serious about AQUAhydrate," says Diddy. "When I commit to something, I put everything I have behind it. Mark and I are very passionate about AQUAhydrate and the balance it brings to our lives. Mark my words, we will be number one and I challenge anyone to find a better product!"
French Montana stopped by POWER 105.1 FM's The Breakfast Club for an interview, which you can watch below. One of the topics they discussed was the issues between him and 50 Cent.
"I don't play both sides of the fence," he said. "Rozay is my brother. And that's what it is. I've got no problem with homie. But if my man got a problem with you, I've got to stay away from you. It's plain and simple. I'm not gonna fake the funk. That's my dog and that's what it is. Home team."
He also revealed that his next single, after "Freaks," will be a solo track titled "I Ain't Worried About Nothing." He said it should be out in a few weeks.
French Montana, prior to becoming a well known rapper, was perhaps most commonly known for producing DVDs, where he featured himself and other artists. The DVDs are still rolling as Montana has announced that the fifteenth DVD in his "Cocaine City" series will be executive produced by Diddy and Rick Ross. No release date has been announced.
During his stop in Philadelphia for the Excuse My French Tour, French Montana brought out Meek Mill for a few songs, including "Ima Boss," "Believe It" and more. Meek Mill also brought AR-AB to the stage for "Goons Gone Wild." HipHopSince1987has footage. Watch below.
French Montana has released a video chronicling day 1 of his Excuse My French tour. It shows him hanging out with other artists and performing. Toward the end of the clip, Montana and Wale connect with Doug E. Fresh and Fresh mentions that he hasn't heard "Freaks." The new Montana single features a sample from Lil Vicious' "Freaks" which featured Fresh. Montana then plays the song for him. The exchange starts at the 4:32 mark. Watch below.
"My bus was located in the vicinity of the incident that took place last night in Philadelphia," hewrote. "I had a peaceful concert and was not involved. My deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to the families of the victims, as well as all of those who were affected."
Felix da Housecat has a new EP dropping soon and, in an interview with Vibe, he credited Diddy for helping to spread his audience to a wider audience.
"I was one of the first black cats to be doing it crossover," he said. "And you know what's so funny, I think it was Puffy who brought my sounds to the black folks. Knowing him over the years, I looked to him as my big brother, and whenever I would be at his house or in his studio, he would tell every hip-hop or R&B artist, 'you don't know who Felix da Housecat is? Yo, you need to get with.' So he pretty much had my back with my black folks."
French Montana's Excuse My French Tour played it's second show last night in Philadelphia. Following the show, fans followed Montana's tour bus back to the hotel where he and his group are staying. According to NBC 10 Philadelphia, the rapper was hanging out with the fans in front of his tour bus when a drive-by shooting occurred.
One man was murdered in the shooting. Another was shot in the shoulder and is in stable condition. There are no suspects. Investigators told NBC 10 that someone in Montana's tour bus returned fire.
Montana and the other members of his party are cooperation with investigators, according to police. They are among 25 people that were questioned following the incident.
During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Diddy and Mark Wahlberg played a drinking game where DeGeneres would ask Wahlberg questions and if he answered incorrectly, Diddy would have to take a shot of either AQUAhydrate or Ciroc. Also, Diddy briefly touched on bed wetting issues he had in his youth. Watch below.