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Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Following today's premiere of the song, Diddy has made available free downloads of "The Ghost of Christopher Wallace" by Jay Electronica, which he is featured on. Dirty, Clean, Dirty Radio and Clean Radio versions. The radio cuts cut the track in half, removing the second half of the main track with Diddy talking.

Interestingly, the file names are formatted in this manner: "GHOST OF CHRISTOPHER WALLACE - JAY ELECTRONICA FEAT. PUFF DADDY. BAD BOY RECORDS - DIRTY - RADIO."

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
At the beginning of April, Nicki Minaj said she would be on a "special remix" to Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning." And in the middle of the month, it appeared as though she was involved in the video shoot for the song.

Now, in the video below, we have confirmation from Diddy that Minaj is appearing on the remix to the track. See the 1:23 mark.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Check out the clip below for some behind the scenes footage from a Dirty Money photo shoot, presumably the one tied to the album cover.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
AllHipHop.com has a brand new track from Jay Electronica titled "The Ghost of Christopher Wallace." It features Diddy on the ad-libs. In fact, the second half of the 6:34 second song is just Diddy talking. But, I love that stuff, so it's good by me.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Shaheem Reid of MTV News spoke with Rick Ross about why he wanted Diddy to manage him. Check it out below.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
On Twitter, Diddy revealed that Miko Sims would be the cover photographer for Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris" album.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Ashton Kutcher was among TIME Magazine's top 100 most influential people in the world. Diddy penned a short piece about Kutcher for the publication.

"This guy will show us the future," Diddy wrote. "And it's gonna be a blast."

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
On Tuesday, we shared a promo video for this year's MTV Movie Awards, hosted by Aziz Ansari, featuring Diddy, Kirsten Bell and Zac Efron. Below, check out an extended (and vulgar) version that adds Sarah Silverman.


Posted by Patrick
Spin Magazine placed "Ready to Die" by The Notorious B.I.G. as number 43 on their list of the top 125 albums of the past 25 years. It was the only Bad Boy release on the list.

They also included the murders of Biggie and 2Pac in their "25 Moments That Rocked Our World."

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Check out the video below for some behind the scenes footage from the Dirty Money cover photo shoot for Black Men Magazine.


Thanks DawnnQtakeover for the tip.

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

Albums

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums

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

Singles

The Billboard Hot 100

64. "Hello Good Morning" by Dirty Money (down from 57).

Hot Digital Songs

50. "Hello Good Morning" by Dirty Money (down from 38).

» Read More


Posted in Red Cafe
Posted by Patrick
Red Cafe protege Lore'l has just released a new mixtape "Welcome to the Movie" with Superstar Jay. It features Red Cafe on "Doing it Well," "I Go Hard" and "Tap It." There is also a "Red Cafe Intro" to start the tape. You can download it for free at DatPiff. Check out the track listing, front and back covers and an embedded player below.

Track Listing

1. Red Cafe Intro
2. Welcome To The Movie
3. No Problems
4. Doin Me
5. Celebrities
6. Identity Theft
7. Its A Movie
8. You Need A Covergirl
9. Doin It Well featuring Red Cafe
10. One Of Those Days
11. Gucci Louis Fendi
12. Forever
13. I Go Hard featuring Red Cafe
14. Imma Be
15. Good Stuff featuring Ross Fortune
16. Peace of Mind
17. Back To The Crib
18. Little Girl Lost
19. Turnt Out
20. Look Up In The Sky
21. Tap It featuring Red Cafe

» Read More


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
On Twitter, DJ Khaled shared a link to a tweet by OnSMASH that leads to a free download of his new mega remix to "All I Do is Win" featuring Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Swizz Beatz and T-Pain.

Posted in Day26
Posted by Patrick
An old Day26 track called "Try Again" has appeared online. It features Ryan Leslie and it's easy to tell that it is an older track because Que has vocals featured on it.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Speaking to Rap-Up.com, Rico Love, one of the writers on Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning," said that Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj will be featured on "Last Train to Paris." Check out the clip below.


Via 57ThAve.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
In an interview with Rap-Up.com, Rico Love, one of the writers on Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning," talks about working with Diddy for the "Last Train to Paris" project.


Via 57ThAve.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
MTV UK has a funny clip from "Get Him to the Greek," where music executive Sergio Roma (portrayed by Diddy) chases around Aaron Green, one of his assistants (Jonah Hill) and rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand).

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Aziz Ansari, appearing with Diddy in "Get Him to the Greek," will be the host of this year's MTV Movie Awards. Diddy joined Kristen Bell and Zac Efron to recount the Ansari's humble beginnings. The show will air June 6 at 9 PM ET on MTV.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Bridget Daly of Hollyscoop reports that Diddy will be featured on Good Morning America as part of their "Summer Concert Series." Presumably, it's Dirty Money performing. They'll take the stage on June 4.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
XXLMag.com has the exclusive free download of Game's "The Red Room" mixtape. Diddy is featured on "Heartbreak Hotel" where he provides ad libs. The track is produced by Bink!, a member of The Hitmen. Mario Winans produced "First Lady" featuring Kanary Diamonds while Bad Boy managed producer Ryan Leslie was behind the boards for "Everything Red" featuring Birdman and Lil' Wayne. Check out the front and back cover below.

"The Red Room" Mixtape by Game (Front Cover)

"The Red Room" Mixtape by Game (Back Cover)

Posted in Bad Boy Blog
Posted by Patrick
I just wanted to highlight an article I published today on my personal blog, about the unethical practices that are occurring over at Global Grind, a well funded start up backed by Russell Simmons.

In short, they are copying content from this site, and others, small and large. MTV, BET, the Boston Globe and more. In the article, I detailed what they are doing, how it all works and why it needs to stop.

If you write at a publication in the entertainment space, or any online publication, really, you should be mindful of these practices and take steps to stop them, in order to protect your content and your operation. For more details, please check out the post.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Logan De Gaulle, the collective effort of Clinton Sparks and DJ Snake, has released a remix to Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" featuring T.I. Download it for free, care of Sparks.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
On his Twitter, Clinton Sparks mentioned that his latest mixtape, "Get Familiar Vol. X," will be released on May 18 and will feature Diddy.

Posted in Big Gee
Posted by Patrick
Care of an official source, check out the embedded widget below to pick up a free download of Jody Breeze's "Welcome to the Future" mixtape. It features three tracks with Gorilla Zoe as a guest performer. They are "Tryna Get Me" (produced by The Product), "They Don't Want It" (produced by Natural Disaster) and "On Everythang."









Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Diddy and The Hitmen roll on in Vibe's "The Greatest Hip-Hop Producer of All-Time!" tournament, defeating Teddy Riley, 67.2% to 32.8%. They will now be pit against The Neptunes who advanced over Scott Storch, 73.0% to 27.0%.

As I've maintained for the entire tournament, putting Diddy and The Hitmen against any one producer is just not fair. In this case, The Neptunes are a duo, but it's still not fair. Even with Vibe's incomplete list of The Hitmen.

The winner of this match will face the winner of the Swizz Beatz/Timbaland match. Of all of the second round matches, the most lopsided one was Dr. Dre vs. DJ Quik. The doctor collected 91.4% of the vote.

You can vote now on the Vibe website. The third round ends on Sunday, May 2.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Jonah Hill says that he partied with Diddy for 72 hours in Las Vegas before they started filming "Get Him to the Greek" and that, if you should find yourself as the lead in a movie, you should not spend the three days prior to the shoot partying with Diddy.

"It was pretty cool working with him. I've got to say awesome. He really helped me get into character. He and his friends took me and my best friends to Vegas the weekend before we started shooting and gave us the full P. Diddy experience for 72 hours. And I recommend, if you're ever about to start a four-month shoot as the lead in a movie, the three days before should not be spent partying with Diddy in Vegas."

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
@onealmcknight in the studio with @iamdiddy and justin timberlake.
O'Neal McKnight sent out a couple of interesting tweets last night, indicating that singer Justin Timberlake may have contributed to Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris" album. McKnight is a singer, best known for "Check Your Coat," who used to be an assistant to Diddy and is the cousin of Andre Harrell. He posted the following:

Justin Timberlake is killing it in the studio right now! LAST TRAIN TO PARIS! BABY!

He then sent a picture of Timberlake and Diddy in the studio. From these tweets, we can't say for sure that Timberlake has contributed to the album, but at the very least, it appears to be a possibility.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
I noticed that the Twitter accounts of James Cruz, one of Diddy's managers, and Ciroc Nation had both retweeted a tweet from the account of Roe Williams, which said that Ne-Yo and Rick Ross were on the set of something today.

I opened that account and the previous tweet that Ms. Williams had sent said that T.I. was taping his scenes for "Hello Good Morning" today. Meanwhile, O'Neal McKnight, the singer, former assistant to Diddy and cousin to Andre Harrell, tweeted that he was on his way to the Diddy and T.I. shoot.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
James Cruz, one of the people responsible for managing Diddy, sent out an interesting tweet this evening where he said that Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris" was "coming June 28."

June 28 is a Monday. Generally speaking, albums are released on Tuesdays. But, with major releases, you sometimes see them moved to Friday, or another day, in order to coordinate with the release date in other countries (one reason this is done is to lessen the impact of piracy caused by an album being released in one major country before the others).

I sent him a message asking for clarification and he replied quickly. "We have something special happening," he wrote. "You'll see." Stay tuned.

Posted in Sean John
Posted by Patrick
The Sean John blog has photos of a special pre-NFL (National Football League) draft event sponsored by the clothing label and Rolls-Royce Motors.

The "Pre-Draft Fine Tailoring Experience" brought some members of the 2010 NFL Draft class to the Sean John store in New York City for a custom-tailored suit before the draft began. Thomas was taken 22nd overall while Williams was selected at the 26th spot. In all, over 250 players will be selected in the draft.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
According to MTV UK, Diddy has revealed that U.K. rappers Tinie Tempah and Tinchy Stryder will be featured "one of the U.K. remixes" to Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning," which is a hint that there is more than one U.K. remix on the way.

Diddy was careful to say that the remix with Tempah and Stryder would be separate from the grime remix he wants to work with Skepta on. Tempah is riding the wave of a big hit in "Pass Out," which debuted at number 1 on the U.K. Singles chart (think Hot 100 for the U.S.) on March 13 and held the spot for the following week, as well.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Earlier this week, we reported that Diddy was planning a grime remix of Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" and that he had talked to U.K. producer and rapper Skepta about doing it.

Diddy opened up to MTV UK about these plans, saying that he wants Skepta to do a "straight, dirty, authentic grime remix" and Diddy wants to fully remix and redo the track, including the vocals and the beats.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
On April 16, Diddy revealed that he was "about" to sign his first rapper from London. Speaking to MTV UK, Diddy tempered those remarks ever so slightly.

"I haven't signed a person yet, I'm looking at signing a person but his name is not Fugative," Diddy said, commenting on the rumors surrounding the U.K. rapper. "I'm a little ways away from it and I know Twitter is very powerful and I gotta watch what I say. I was just speaking off the top of my head that I finally found a rap artist that I liked, but, I can't say who it is but I really don't think you would know him if I said his name. He's like Londonís best kept secret. I don't think he's really out there like that."

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
According to Tom Shales of the Washington Post and ScrippsNews, Diddy is one of the celebrities who loaned their voices to "America: The Story of Us," a new 12 hour, six day series on the history of the United States, airing on the History channel. It premieres on Sunday at 9 PM ET.

Posted in Gorilla Zoe
Posted by Patrick
Gorilla Zoe is featured on a new track from singer Omega titled "Throw Dem Dollars at Her." Omega appeared as a guest on "Look at Her Go," a track from Zoe's mixtape "The Greatest Zoe on Earth."

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
A picture from The Chasemasters Twitter page shows a full page feature on Janelle Monae in the (presumably) latest issue of Billboard. The feature does not (yet) appear to be online.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
When I first heard "Hello Good Morning," I thought that the track was going to be a great fit for dance remixes. Well, here's the first one to be released as production duo The Disco Fries has put their own spin on it. Check it out in our audio player.

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 yesterday. "Hello Good Morning" drops in some charts, but makes progress in others.

Albums

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums

18. "Ready to Die" by The Notorious B.I.G. (down from 16).
22. "Greatest Hits" by The Notorious B.I.G. (up from 23).

Singles

The Billboard Hot 100

57. "Hello Good Morning" by Dirty Money (down from 54).

Hot Digital Songs

38. "Hello Good Morning" by Dirty Money (down from 32).

» Read More


Posted by Patrick
A new remix to Monica's "Everything to Me" has appeared online, featuring nods to The Notorious B.I.G.'s "I Love the Dough." The beat itself looks to have been inspired by the track and it also includes a verse from Biggie that was originally featured on the song, which appeared on his "Life After Death" album.

The track also features some ad-libs from Missy Elliott and some online sources are purporting it to have been produced by her.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
On Twitter, Diddy sent the following message to DJ Khaled:

Just finished ALL I DO IS WIN remix! MOVIE! GETCHA POPCORN! EXTRA BUTTER! NO SALT! LOL....LETS GO!

Khaled them retweeted Diddy's message on his own Twitter stream.

"All I Do is Win" is the latest single from Khaled's "Victory" album, featuring T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and Rick Ross.

Posted in Big Gee
Posted by Patrick
Gorilla Zoe's MySpace has a flier for a welcome home party for Big Gee, being held tonight in Atlanta. We first reported that Big Gee had been sent to prison in December of 2007. Hopefully, whatever transpired is behind him. Welcome back.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
57theave has some pictures from the "Hello Good Morning" music video shoot in Los Angeles last weekend. Rick Ross and Swizz Beatz are featured in the photos, along with Dirty Money.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Following the mock outrage about Diddy referring to other vodkas as "pee pee" and Ciroc's Double Gold honor at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Diddy has released the video below where he apologizes to other vodka makers.


Posted in Red Cafe
Posted by Patrick
Care of the track's producer, Black the Beast, here is a free download of "Curve" by J.Y. featuring Jim Jones and Red Cafe.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
On Diddy's Twitter, he shared a free download of DJ Webstar's "Straight Outta Harlem" mixtape.

The mixtape features "B.F.F." featuring Cassie and Dorrough, which we mentioned back in December and "Can You Hear Love" featuring Dawn Richard, which appeared online in March as "In The Air Tonight."

It also includes a freestyle over Dirty Money's "Love Come Down" beat featuring Fatman Scoop and Webstar's take on the "O Let's Do It (Remix)," where he kept only Diddy's verse.

Mario, Bow Wow, Jim Jones, Styles P. and Jadakiss, among others, are also featured on the set.

Posted by Patrick
BBC News reports that the wrongful death suit filed by Biggie's estate, against the City of Los Angeles, has been dismissed.

Originally filed in 2003, the case saw a mistrial in 2005 when the judge ruled that police officials had withheld documents and failed to provide statements made by a prison informant.

The lawyer for the estate, Bradley C. Cage, suggested to BBC that the case being dismissed could allow investigators to make arrests and to further analyze the case without fear of liability as part of the ongoing wrongful death suit proceedings.

But, both sides agreed that the suit could be re-filed later and Gage said it might take two to three years for that to happen, contingent upon any new developments. Gage maintains that he, and the estate, still don't have access to certain records, due to ongoing police and federal investigations.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Billboard reports that Janelle Monae will open for Erykah Badu on 13 of her 21 dates for the "Out My Mind, Just In Time" tour. Check out all of the dates below.

May 22: Baltimore, MD (Pier Six Pavilion feat. Bilal)
May 23: Boston, MA (Orpheum Theatre feat. Janelle Monae)
May 25: New York, NY (Roseland Ballroom feat. ?uestlove)
May 26: Philadelphia, PA (Tower Theater feat. Bilal)
May 28: Washington, D.C. (Constitution Hall feat. N.E.R.D. and Janelle Monae)
May 30: Detroit, MI (Chene Park feat. N.E.R.D. and Janelle Monae)
June 2: Chicago, IL Chicago (Theater feat. N.E.R.D. and Janelle Monae)
June 3: Chicago, IL Chicago (Theater feat. Janelle Monae)
June 5: Memphis, TN (Orpheum Theatre feat. Janelle Monae)
June 6: Nashville, TN (Ryman Auditorium feat. Janelle Monae)
June 8: Kansas City, KS (Midland Theatre feat. Janelle Monae)
June 9: St. Louis, MO (Fox Theatre feat. Janelle Monae)
June 13: Houston, TX (Verizon Wireless Theater feat. Janelle Monae)
June 14: Dallas, TX (Nokia Theatre)
June 16: Denver, CO (The Fillmore Auditorium feat. Janelle Monae)
June 18: Oakland, CA (Paramount Theatre feat. Janelle Monae)
June 19: Saratoga, CA (The Mountain Winery)
June 20: Los Angeles, CA (Greek Theater feat. Janelle Monae)
June 22: San Diego, CA (TBA)
June 23: Phoenix, AZ (TBA)
June 24: Las Vegas, NV (The Pearl Concert Theater)

Via Idolator.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Check out the clip below for some behind the scenes footage and background information behind the shoot for Janelle Monae's Honey Magazine cover.


Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Yesterday, we shared the track listing for Janelle Monae's "The ArchAndroid" that was posted on Amazon.com. Conspicuously, it omitted both "Tightrope" and "Cold War."

I reached out to the relevant parties on Twitter (Bad Boy, Wondaland and Monae) and Wondaland replied saying that the track listing was not the final, correct one.

What happens, often times, is that labels push a track listing to the retailers that is tentative and then, later, they clean it up with the final one. The message from the Wondaland Twitter account said we'd have the final one soon. Stay tuned.

Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Update: This track list is not final.

Long time BBB reader Adam pointed out that Amazon.com has posted a track listing for Janelle Monae's "The ArchAndroid" and it doesn't include "Tightrope" featuring Big Boi, nor "Cold War," the two lead singles from the album. Here's how it breaks down:

1. Overture II
2. Dance or Die
3. Faster
4. Locked Inside
5. Sir Greendown
6. Neon Gumbo
7. Oh, Maker
8. Come Alive [War Of The Roses]
9. Mushrooms & Roses
10. Overture III
11. Neon Valley Street
12. Make The Bus
13. Wondaland
14. 57821
15. Say You'll Go
16. Ba Bop Bye Ya

It is very possible that this isn't the finished track listing. Amazon.com doesn't just make up track listings, so they received it from the label most likely, but it may just be an unfinished one. It's also possible that "Tightrope" and/or "Cold War" are bonus tracks or that they are going to promote them in an alternative way (i.e. offer them for free or for separate purchase). You can already pick up both tracks by pre-ordering the album from her official website.

We'll have more on her track listing as it becomes available.

Posted in Ciroc
Posted by Patrick
In the clip below, Diddy announced that Ciroc had been honored with a Double Gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In total, there 1,024 spirits submitted from 58 countries. Of them, there were 132 Double Gold medals awarded.

Ciroc Red Berry and Ciroc Coconut were also given bronze medals, but the field for those was much, much less selective.


Posted in Janelle MonŠe
Posted by Patrick
Vibe has revealed the cover for Janelle Monae's "The ArchAndroid, which you can check out below. They also have a back story for the cover.''

Album Cover: "The ArchAndroid" by Janelle Monae

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
As expected, Diddy and The Hitmen have advanced to the second round of Vibe's "The Greatest Hip-Hop Producer of All Time!" tournament. They received 88% of the vote in their first round match-up with Herbie Luv Bug. Only Dr. Dre (91% over DJ Toomp), Kanye West (91% over The Heatmakerz) and Timbaland (89% over Polow Da Don) held a wider margin of victory in all of the 32 matches.

Next up, they will face Teddy Riley, one of Diddy's mentors, who advanced over Kay Gee, 71% to 29%. As I said last round, I don't see how one man can be expected to match up with a team as large as The Hitmen. Riley has done amazing things, but against all of The Hitmen? I just don't see it.

Interestingly, I noticed that Vibe has removed Steve "Rhythm" Clarke from their list of The Hitmen. I had mentioned earlier that I had never heard him mentioned as one of The Hitmen.

But, they also removed Chucky Thompson and Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool, who were both definitely part of The Hitmen as well as Harve "Joe Hooker" Pierre and added Buckwild which, according to his MySpace is accurate. I'm unclear on if Harve Pierre was actually signed to Bad Boy as a producer.

That confusion aside, you can now vote on the Vibe website. If Diddy and The Hitmen advance, the next round will start on April 26.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
On Twitter, Diddy announced that he wanted to do a grime remix of Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning." He asked his followers to recommend who should do the remix.

Apparently, a lot of his followers recommended Skepta, a UK-based rapper and producer and the two spoke, according to a Twitter message sent by Diddy.

Diddy said that whatever grime mix that is done, he'll make sure it's played in the U.S. because "you play our music, we should play yours."

Posted in Gorilla Zoe
Posted by Patrick
On Gorilla Zoe's MySpace, you can listen to "Shut Em Down," which was just added to the page.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" is featured in a new commercial from Version Wireless, promoting their NFL content. Check it out below.


Via justru1records.

Posted in Liz Davis
Posted by Patrick
According to Liz Davis, she'll be previewing a new song at some point in the next couple of days. It's called "Liar."

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Shooting on Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" music video is now in day three, says James Cruz, one of Diddy's managers.

"Today we hang with our little sis," he writes. "She's the bestest." This is terminology that Nicki Minaj has used before, such as during her verse on Young Money's "Bedrock." Meanwhile on her Twitter, she says that she is in the "city of angels" to shoot a video - Los Angeles is nicknamed the city of angels and that is where "Hello Good Morning" is being shot.

Her involvement is unclear, but remember that earlier this month, she she mentioned something about a special remix to the track coming soon." Oddly, Busta Rhymes tweeted congratulations to Diddy today on the "remix video."

This comes just days after reports indicated that Cruz and Diddy would take on the co-managing duties for both Minaj and Rick Ross. Stay tuned.

Posted in Dawn Richard
Posted by Patrick
Que has released a new mixtape titled "The Que Files," which is available for free download, care of his management at Soul World Entertainment.

I mention this because one of the tracks featured on it has Dawn Richard providing a guest rap. It's called "All Night" and it was produced by David "Davey Boy" Lindsey.

Posted in Dawn Richard
Posted by Patrick
Soul World Entertainment, who manages Qwanell "Que" Mosley, has posted a "reality show introduction" for a show idea planned around the life of the former Day26 singer. Dawn Richard is featured heavily in the video, which features previously released footage from Making the Band 4, interviews and more.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
The seemingly unofficial remix of "Hello Good Morning" featuring Rick Ross has become an official remix. A version with cleaned up vocals (especially the start and end points of Ross' verse) has been released for free download on Diddy's Twitter.

You can download clean, dirty and extended versions. The extended version adds 56 seconds in the middle of the track.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Check out the clip below for a brief peak at the music video for Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" featuring T.I. In the shot, you see (left to right) Swizz Beatz, Rico Love and Rick Ross with Diddy.


Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
On Diddy's Twitter stream, he asked DJ Chuckie when he would be done with a remix to Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning." DJ Chuckie replied saying to expect it this week. For more on DJ Chuckie, check out his website.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Drew McWeeny of HitFix.com's Motion Captured has a great interview with Diddy, conducted from the set of "Get Him to the Greek."

Diddy discusses acting, improvisation, "Get Him to the Greek" and the support he received from Jonah Hill, among other things.

Asked what experiences prepared him for jumping into this level of improvisation, he said, "The first time I walked on the set with Jon Favreau for 'Made,' they just threw away the script. And improvisation and comedic timing is something that takes you a long time to really learn and then to master, you know? I have a long way to go, but I thank God for that experience because I wasnít intimidated. I was a little bit freer to try things in rehearsal and to be here and to really try to play my role. Like if Iím not good, then the guy in front of me isnít going to be good. I have to give my best in order to make sure that Jonah and Russell and any of the stars of the movie shine."

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
As a quick update to a previous report, Diddy mentioned on Twitter that shooting for Dirty Money's new music video to "Hello Good Morning" began yesterday. Today is day 2.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
Rick Ross told MTV News that he's shooting a video this weekend with Diddy.

We know that Diddy is shooting the music video for Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" this weekend. Shooting began on Friday, according to Diddy's Twitter stream.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
BMI.com's Malcolm Venable has an interview with Kalenna of Dirty Money, published earlier this month. She talks briefly about working with Diddy and on her background.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
This is probably obvious by this point, but Diddy Beats were not released on April 14, as had been announced. According to Best Buy and the Diddy Beats website, they are now set to ship in May.

Posted in Bad Boy Records
Posted by Patrick
On Twitter, Diddy announced that he was "about to sign [his] first rapper from London."

"I can't tell you who it is," he continued. "But, I've wanted to sign an artist from the UK my whole life - LONDON STANDUP!"

Back in March, Diddy revealed that he was looking for an artist from the United Kingdom to appear on the U.K. version of Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning." However, it's unclear if this is that artist.

Posted in Diddy/Dirty Money
Posted by Patrick
On Twitter, Diddy is in search of some people for the music video to Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning." In the tweet, he mentioned that they will be shooting on Saturday.

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Billboard's Mariel Concepcion reports that, according to a source close to Diddy, he has agreed to manage both Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj, along with one of his own managers, James Cruz.

The article mentions that representatives at Interscope, Def Jam and Universal Motown - the main distributing labels of Diddy, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj, respectively - all could not be reached for comment. Meanwhile, Cruz had no comment to XXL.

Interestingly, the Concepcion notes that Ross made reference to a "big announcement" that he and Diddy would be making soon, during a radio on Power 105.1 earlier this week. She also mentions a "rumor" that Ross is "extensively contributing to the writing" on "Last Train to Paris."

At press time, nothing about this story had been mentioned on the Twitter profiles of Diddy, Minaj or Cruz. I've reached out to Diddy's publicist for comment.

Via SOHH.com.

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

Albums

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

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

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums

16. "Ready to Die" by The Notorious B.I.G. (up from 19).
23. "Greatest Hits" by The Notorious B.I.G. (re-entry).

Singles

The Billboard Hot 100

54. "Hello Good Morning" by Dirty Money (down from 34).

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With three days remaining to vote in the first round, Vibe Magazine has revealed the current vote total percentages in their web poll voted tournament to determine the greatest hip-hop producer of all-time.

Right now, Diddy and The Hitmen hold a commanding lead over Herbie Luv Bug, with 90% of the vote in their favor. In the second round, it looks they will face off against one of Diddy's mentors in Teddy Riley, who is is leading 72% to 28% against Kay Gee.

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Diddy will make a cameo appearance in the upcoming music video to Fat Joe's "Ha Ha (Slow Down Son)," which features Jeezy. NOWWUT has some behind the scenes footage, which you can check out below. It includes Diddy standing on the hood of a convertible Rolls-Royce Phantom.

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Thanks Theo.

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On the most recent Billboard charts, released yesterday, the production and songwriting credits were included for Diddy/Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning."

As we previously reported, Danja produced the track and Rico Love co-wrote it. In addition, also receiving songwriting credits are Danja, featured rapper T.I. and Marcella "Ms. Lago" Araica.

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In the clip below, dancer/choreographer Ladia Yates shows you how to do "The Tightrope," the dance featured in Janelle Monae's "Tightrope" music video. In the video, Yates was featured dancing alongside Monae.


Via Janelle Monae's MySpace.

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Carl Lamarre of BallerStatus.com has a great report from Janelle Monae's album preview in New York last month for "The ArchAndroid." Check it out.

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Back in September, we reported on the controversy surrounding DJ Hell's Diddy-featured track, "The DJ," and Felix Da Housecat's accusation of plagiarism. He said that DJ Hell had taken a vocal from a recording session he had with Diddy, without his permission.

inthemix reports that the two resolved their differences during the recent Winter Music Conference in Miami, according to Felix Da Housecat, thanks to a chance encounter in an elevator, which led to them talking things out.

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NODFACTOR.COM has an interview with Matt Friedman, one half of the Illfonics production duo along with Jed Cappelli. They were behind Gorilla Zoe's "Day Dreamer."

How did you link up with Gorilla Zoe to do ďDay Dreamer?Ē

We had a meeting with his publisher and he came in and we hit it off. We played some beats and he liked a lot of shit. Our first session is where we knocked out Day Dreamer. Heís supposed to come back tonight actually.

Here's a clip with some "making of" discussion about the track:


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Check out the clip below for a cool interview with producer Buckwild on Grind Music Radio. At the 2:22 mark, he talks about the beat for "I Got a Story to Tell" and how it was originally for Foxy Brown, but she said it was wack. The whole thing is worth a listen, but also check out the 5:05 mark for what he told someone that told him they wanted to "get [Puffy's] formula." Part 2 is included below, as well.




Via Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie via NODFACTOR.COM.

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As a footnote on an article about Rick Ross' freestyle over Erykah Badu's "Window Seat," MTV News' Shaheem Reid mentioned that Ross is collaborating with Diddy for his upcoming album , "Teflon Don."

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MTV News' Sway Calloway spoke to Diddy about his appearance on "Inside the Actors Studio." Check out the clip below.

"[Lipton has] been calling me for the last three years to do it, and I was kind of nervous and said, 'I'm not at that level,' " Diddy said. "I'm looking at Meryl Streep up there, and Scorsese, Al Pacino and Denzel and Chris Rock. He was saying he wanted to take it from a different perspective of somebody on the rise. I appreciated that. After doing Broadway and now with 'Get Him to the Greek' coming out ... the time is right."


Via 57thave.

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Vibe shared these clips from Janelle Monae's performance at The Highline Ballroom in New York City last Thursday.




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Honey Magazine has an interview with Janelle Monae, having featured her on the cover of their latest issue. She talks about the album, her record label, dating and more. Here's an excerpt:

Describe how you felt when Diddy approached you?

Big Boi from OutKast called me and said that Diddy was trying to get in touch with me. He said that [Diddy] loved what I was doing online. During that time I was releasing my own material independently, so he flew down to my release party and saw my performance. He said ďWhatever it is that you need me to do from a business standpoint to a promotions standpoint, I will do.Ē He said he loved the art that I was creating and he just wanted more people to know about it. And he was a man of his word. Itís a partnership. I already have a record label, my team. We are self- contained, so that was the one thing that worked with us to be able to creatively remain in control. I donít have any horror stories; I think he is a wonderful guy, very supportive. He is a believer and I love him for that. He is an Archandroid.

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Over on Janelle Monae's website, you can now pre-order her upcoming album, "The ArchAndroid" through a trio of pre-order bundles. Let's break them down:

Standard Bundle ($9.99): CD or digital copy of "The ArchAndroid" with immediate MP3 downloads of both "Tightrope" and "Cold War" with PDF artwork.

Deluxe Bundle ($26.99): CD copy of "The ArchAndroid" with immediate MP3 downloads of both "Tightrope and "Cold War" with PDF artwork and a t-shirt.

Premium Bundle ($39.99): Everything in the Deluxe bundle, plus a 27"x40" "The ArchAndroid" movie poster.

You can also add "Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)," for just $3.00 extra.

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Diddy mentioned on Twitter that he was heading to Los Angeles to shoot the cover for XXL magazine and to "shoot 'Hello Good Morning.'"

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On Twitter, Diddy mentioned that he was on his way to Los Angeles to shoot the cover for an upcoming issue of XXL.

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Here is the trailer for Janelle Monae's upcoming album, "The ArchAndroid," set for a May 18 release date.


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Below, check out the music video for "So Freaky/Simply the Best" by Robert Curry of Day26, in promotion of his upcoming mixtape "Swagnum."

Warning: some inappropriate content in this one.


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Updating a previous story, Diddy has confirmed on Twitter that he will be taping an appearance on "Inside the Actors Studio" today. He says that the episode will air on May 25 on Bravo.

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TeenVogue is featuring Janelle Monae as part of their 2010 breakout artists feature. They have a few quotes from her, as well, in the piece. The other artists featured include Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Neon Indian and Lissy Trullie.

Thanks Elizabeth De Luna.

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DrJays.com Live spoke with Dawn Richard about the new HBO show "Treme," which is set in New Orleans, three months after Hurricane Katrina. Richard is from the city.

Via David Duane.

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"Last Train to Paris," the long-anticipated sixth album from Diddy, now recording as part of Dirty Money, along with Dawn Richard and Kalenna, has been in development, in at least one form of another, for more than a year and a half. Now that it appears that the album will finally reach our hands on June 22, I thought that this would be a good time to take stock of the project and everything that we know about it.

Concept

"Last Train to Paris" is a conceptual album that centers around a love story. It's about "finding love, losing love and getting love back again," Dawn Richard told MTV News. Diddy shared the back story with MTV's Shaheem Reid. His character in the concept story meets a girl and they grow close. But, they separate after a misunderstanding.

"She just breaks out on a n****," Diddy told Reid. "But an absence makes the heart grow fonder. She's singing to me; I'm performing to her. We're in two different parts of the world. She's remembering all the good times, and I'm thinking about if I had another chance, I wouldn't f*** it up. So, I go on tour and I'm in London. I get a tip that she's in Paris, and it's 9:45 p.m. or something. It's one of the foggiest days in London, so I can't take my plane. I can't drive, the road is shut down. The only way I can get there is the last train to Paris, and it leaves in 20 minutes and I'm 15 minutes away. It's that whole intensity of what happens on the train ride - and will she be there when I get there - is something else you'll hear."

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MuchMusic has a few short clips with Dirty Money from Diddy's house in Los Angeles. They joke about the group's swag and talk about what Dirty Money is.

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Chris Osterndorf of The Depaulia, the student newspaper for DePaul University, has a quick interview with Janelle Monae.

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A new song from GOOD Music rapper Consequence samples Biggie vocals for the chorus. The song is "Childish Games" and it borrows from "Let Me Get Down," from the "Born Again" album. It features Asher Roth. Check out the video for the song below.


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On Twitter, Red Cafe provided a free download link for a remix to "Hello Good Morning" that features an opening verse from him. T.I.'s verse and the rest of the track remains the same as the original.

For an April Fool's Day prank, I reported that Red Cafe, Rick Ross, Pharrell, Nas and Jay-Z would all appear on remixes to "Hello Good Morning." Since Ross threw a verse on it, we're now 2/5 of the way there. Sorta.

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Update: This has been confirmed.

In the last few days, Diddy has retweeted a pair of tweets indicating that he will be appearing on "Inside the Actors Studio," the long running entertainment interview show, hosted by James Lipton. From the tweets, it looks like he'll be taping something on April 13 at Pace University in New York City.

I've reached out to Bravo, the channel the program airs on, for confirmation and more details.

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Though this was released a couple of months ago, we never shared it here at Bad Boy Blog. So, below, check out the single cover for Red Cafe's "I'm Ill" featuring Fabolous. The music video for the song premiered in March.

"I'm Ill" by Red Cafe featuring Fabolous (Single Cover)

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In the last few months on Amazon.com, a couple of Red Cafe mixtape albums have been released for purchase They are "The Supplier" and "Hennessy & Haze." Here are the covers and track listings:

"The Supplier" Mixtape by Red Cafe

1. Intro - Guns Go Off (Explicit)
2. Go Crazy (Explicit)
3. Bling Bloaw (Explicit)
4. Interlude (Explicit)
5. Air It Out (Explicit)
6. Gs and Hustlers (Explicit)
7. I'm a Rider (Explicit) featuring Styles P.
8. No Snitching Allowed (Explicit)
9. Shakedown Freestyle (Explicit)
10. Out of Control (Explicit)
11. Purple Barney (Explicit)
12. Da Union (Explicit)
13. The Supplier (Explicit)
14. Burning Up (Explicit)
15. Interlude (Explicit)
16. Summertime Grind (Explicit)
17. I Don't Give A F*** (Explicit)
18. Interlude (Explicit)
19. Show Respect (Explicit)
20. Beast From The East (Explicit)
21. Cover Boy (Explicit)
22. Blackout (Explicit)
23. Gotta Get Up (Explicit)

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Check out the music video below for "285 Shawty" by Yung Joc featuring T.O. Green and Doeshun. It might actually be by Green and featuring Joc, but the video is labeled as it being a Yung Joc track and it was posted on his Twitter.


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According to Ryan Brockington at PopWrap, Janelle Monae is featured on the upcoming debut album from B.o.B., "B.o.B. Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray." The track is called "The Kids" and you can pre-order the album now.

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Janelle Monae is one of the artists currently highlighted on MySpace Music's "Introducing..." feature.

According to their website, "'Introducing...' is a program dedicated to artists on the rise. Every few months, through 'IntroducingÖ' we will be presenting you tomorrow's stars."

Via Axcess News.

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Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released today. Boosted by the power of American Idol, Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" makes a strong debut, appearing on 6 charts, most notably the big one - the Hot 100 - where it checks in at 34.

This is the group's first appearance on the big board, giving Bad Boy it's first Hot 100 charting single since July 11 of last year when Gorilla Zoe's "Echo" last charted.

Albums

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums

19. "Ready to Die" by The Notorious B.I.G. (down from 15).

Singles

The Billboard Hot 100

34. "Hello Good Morning" by Dirty Money (debut).

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Usher is the latest artist to receive some promotional backing from Ciroc. His latest music video, which you can check out below, features the vodka briefly with the video itself being presented by Ciroc. Interestingly, on the track, Minaj raps that she's "plotting on how I can take Cassie away from Diddy."


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Care of a marketing company working on behalf of the rapper, here is a free download of "They Don't Want It" by Jody Breeze featuring Big Gee. It's from Breeze's upcoming mixtape, "Welcome to the Future."

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Vibe has launched a tournament (of sorts) aimed at selecting the greatest hip-hop producer of all-time based on online polls. Interestingly, while most of the 64 entrants are solo producers, they've lumped Diddy and The Hitmen together.

They have further quantified this as Sean "Diddy" Combs, Chucky Thompson, Steven "Stevie J" Jordan, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence, Nashiem Myrick, Carlos "6 July" Broady, Jeffery "J-Dub" Walker, Yogi, Sean C & LV, Harve "Joe Hooker" Pierre, Mario "Yellowman" Winans, Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Richard "Younglord" Frierson, Steve "Rhythm" Clarke and Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool. (Steve "Rhythm" Clarke? I've never heard that before. Looking into it.)

Honestly, when you lump all of those people together, I find it hard to believe that most of the others have much of a chance. Just match up the pedigree, song by song, of those people while they were under The Hitmen banner. It's weird to pit more than a dozen people against one.

This is mainly a promotion to generate traffic and chatter, as lists are always controversial. But, why not vote, anyway. You can vote for Diddy by going to the Vibe site and clicking on Diddy's image.

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Last night, Dirty Money was featured during the opening to CBS' coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Game last night. Check out the clip below.


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Following up on his "Elevated" mixtape, which has been downloaded over 3 million times, Jeremy Greene has re-released the a new version of the tape, which was mixed by DJ Julian Ramirez. You can download it over at Clizbeats.com. Check out the cover below.

"Elevated Mixtape (Mixed by DJ Julian Ramirez) by Jeremy Greene

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Clizbeats.com has an interview with new Bad Boy signee Jeremy Greene.

He talks about how a gut feeling led to a chance meeting with Diddy that led to a quick signing to the label.

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Over on the Sean John blog, you can check out the Sean John Boys ad campaign for Spring/Summer 2010. Four photos in all, two of which feature Diddy's son, Christian.

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Care of Teairra Mari's Twitter, here's a free download for the "Sponsor (Remix)" we mentioned yesterday. It features Red Cafe and Soulja Boy.

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Following up on my post about the "Diddy - Dirty Money" branding confusion, check out the group's interview with Ryan Seacrest on April 1. On it, Diddy addresses the group's name.

"There's a reason why we gotta be called 'Diddy - Dirty Money' - just in case there's any other groups out there like that," he said. "We want to make sure people know the difference, that we 'Diddy - Dirty Money." We gonna really start going by the name of 'The DM Crew,' so we can have it really, really clear."

He also talks about his business school idea, some crazy partying, Diddy's thoughts on Pink's Grammy performance and more.

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We've just added "Heatbeat" by Gorilla Zoe featuring Daron Jones of 112 to our audio player. It's unclear how new or old this track may be, but it's always interesting to see current and former Bad Boy artists collaborate.

Update: On Twitter, Daron Jones replied to me: "Maybe like 5 or 6 years old. I don't know who the f*** leaked that. Not a good look to steal music..." Out of respect, we've decided to pull the track from our audio player.

Update 2: Also on Twitter, Gorilla Zoe said it is from 2007.

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Yung Joc is featured on "Hang Glide" from Carrollton, GA based rapper Skinny Maciano. You can listen to it on his MySpace. It was produced by Bolo.

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Red Cafe has added an opening verse to Teairra Mari's "Sponsor." The remix for the track also features Soulja Boy.

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It has been almost a year since the group name "Dirty Money" was revealed by Dawn Richard on the Making the Band 4, Season 3, Part 2 finale.

The next day, we found out that the third member was Kalenna, even if we didn't quite yet know how to spell her name. A few months later, Diddy introduced Dirty Money as Sean, Dawn and Kelenna.

When some of the earliest visual branding of the group was released, such as the single covers for "Angels" and "Love Come Down," the songs were labeled as being by "Diddy - Dirty Money." This is exactly how the music videos have been credited and how the the songs are labeled on digital music services like Amazon and iTunes.

Single Cover: "Angels" by Diddy/Dirty Money featuring The Notorious B.I.G.

However, there is a small issue that I've noticed and it's one of brand confusion. Though it has been floating around for a while now, it was underscored when, before Dirty Money's appearance on American Idol, host Ryan Seacrest introduced them as "Diddy Dirty Money." Of course, "Diddy Dirty Money" isn't actually a thing. Diddy is an individual performer who is a member of the group Dirty Money.

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Updating my post earlier today about the promised free download of Dirty Money's American Idol performance, long time Bad Boy Blog reader Curtis commented, informing me that the performance was on iTunes - at the price of $1.49.

In the run-up to the show, Bad Boy had said that the performance would be up on iTunes for free on April 1. I checked throughout the day and the video was never, in my viewing, listed in the free section of iTunes or of the special American Idol section.

It's unclear if the free download has just been pushed back or if it has been canceled entirely. I'm working on finding out more. Stay tuned.

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Following the trailer, here is the full "O Let's Do It (Remix)" by Waka Flocka Flame featuring Diddy and Rick Ross. Fabolous and Red Cafe make cameo appearances.

Gucci Mane, featured on the original version of the track was cut, most likely due to him being in prison and, as such, unavailable to tape the music video (watch behind the scenes footage).


While I enjoyed parts of it, this video is a little disappointing for me, due to the generally low production value. Low budget music videos are fine, bit it becomes an issue when they have the appearance of being low budget, as well, and the heavy reliance on various camera effects (look at all of the flames and how many times Diddy's verse is interrupted by a color change or pause) doesn't help.

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Pushed by their performance on American Idol, Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" has continued to rise on the iTunes singles chart, reaching #6. It has since fallen back to #7.

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In advance of Dirty Money's appearance on American Idol, a free download of the performance was promised on iTunes on April 1. It's now April 2 and it is not listed on iTunes free download section.

I had someone ask me about it, so I thought I'd bring it up here, as well. I don't know. I'm trying to find out. Stay tuned.

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Interscope has issued a press release regarding Dirty Money's American Idol performance and the subsequent rise of "Hello Good Morning" on iTunes.

One other tidbit is that it names D'Mile as one of the producers on Dirty Money's upcoming "Last Train to Paris" album, in addition to Rodney Jerkins, Mario Winans and Danja, which we'd previously mentioned here at Bad Boy Blog.

D'Mile's previous credits include Janet Jackson's "Feedback," Justin Bieber's "Favorite Girl" and Mary J. Blige's "Gonna Breakthrough."

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Updating a previous report indicating that Rico Love wrote Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning," an Interscope-issued press release mentions that he co-wrote the track. We should have a clearer picture on the song's credits if it debuts on the Billboard charts next week, which I expect it to.

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April Fools' Day is almost over, so it's time for us to come clean. The report earlier today about the "Hello Good Morning" remixes is just a joke, in honor of the day. There is absolutely not truth to it; it is completely a prank.

There will be no "Hello Good Late Morning" featuring Red Cafe, "Hello Good Early Afternoon" featuring Rick Ross, "Hello Good Late Afternoon" featuring Pharrell, "Hello Good Evening" featuring Nas or "Hello Good Night" featuring Jay-Z. Reading the titles, it sounds pretty crazy. But, it also sounds just believable enough, right? Especially when you look at the awesome single covers.

When I came up with this idea, I felt the covers would be crucial to the joke. So, I found the font that was used for "Hello Good Morning." It's Friz Quadrata Bold. Unfortunately, this is not a free font. It cost me $29, but it was that important. What can I say? I'm committed.

It was a fun idea, but then something even funnier happened. Rick Ross actually threw a verse over "Hello Good Morning" and released it. Today! No kidding. I had absolutely no advance knowledge of that, but was it ever funny. So, we played that up as part of the prank. Thank you to Mr. Ross for that.

I'd like to thank everyone who read the story for being a good sport and for understanding. I appreciate everyone who spread the word and I hope that you had a fun day. It's that one day of the year... we had to do something! All other stories that we reported today were 100% accurate and our coverage now returns to normal.

Thank you for reading Bad Boy Blog and for sharing a laugh with us.

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During his appearance on Red Cafe to premiere the "I'm Ill" music video, Red Cafe mentioned that he has a mixtape on the way titled "No Witnesses."

Previously, he had said he would release the "Hottest in the Hood, Vol. 2" mixtape on March 9, but it was not released. So, maybe "Not Witnesses" is, in effect, the same tape - but, maybe not. We'll see.

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Red Cafe and Fabolous will be on today's episode of BET's 106 & Park, airing at 6 PM ET. The BET website says: "Fabolous brings on Red Cafe to premiere his new video."

There are a couple of ways to read this sentence: one being that it's a Fabolous video, the other that it's a Red Cafe video. So, who knows, just tune in.

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Update: This was part of an April Fools' Day prank. While the track itself is real and Rick Ross did release it - that is the only accurate part of this story. It is not called "Hello Good Early Afternoon" and no further adjustments will be made to the track (that we know of). Please read the April Fools' Day post for full details.

Earlier today, we reported that Dirty Money would be releasing a series of remixes for "Hello Good Morning," including "Hello Good Early Afternoon" featuring Rick Ross.

A rough version of this track can now be heard on XXLMag.com. The Rick Ross verse is the main part to pay attention to here as the rest of the track will be adjusted to match the new title.

"Hello Good Early Afternoon" by Dirty Money featuring Rick Ross

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Update: This was an April Fools' Day joke. There is no truth to this story - it is simply a prank. Please read the April Fools' Day post for full details. Thank you for having a laugh with us.

Following their performance of "Hello Good Morning" (check out the single cover) on American Idol, Dirty Money will be releasing a series of remixes for the track over the next few weeks, focusing on different times of the day, each with a new guest rapper. Here is how it breaks down:

"Hello Good Late Morning" featuring Red Cafe
"Hello Good Early Afternoon" featuring Rick Ross (update: listen to Ross' verse now)
"Hello Good Late Afternoon" featuring Pharrell
"Hello Good Evening" featuring Nas
"Hello Good Night" featuring Jay-Z

Check out the single covers below:

"Hello Good Late Morning" by Dirty Money featuring Red Cafe

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Sean John's blog has the video from last night's Dirty Money performance on American Idol which featured an impressive strobe lighted dance break.

Watch the clip.

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A tweet from Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj indicates that she may be involved in a "special remix" of Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning."

Retweeting a message posted by Diddy about the song's rise on iTunes, she added "< special rmx cmn soon ;)." Diddy then retweeted her message. Here's the full tweet:

RT @iamdiddy: "HELLO GOODMORNING" IS NOW #18 IN ONE DAY ON ITUNES CLICK HERE 2 make it #1 http://intersco.pe/Nq < special rmx cmn soon ;)

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Riding the wave of last night's American Idol performance, Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" is presently at the number 12 spot on the iTunes singles chart.

Diddy's Twitter stream illustrates a continual rise, first from 72 to 26, then the top 20, then 18, 15 and now 12.

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MTV's Christopher Campbell writes about the "impressive light show" that was featured as a part of last night's Dirty Money performance on American Idol. It was really cool.

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

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums

15. "Ready to Die" by The Notorious B.I.G. (down from 13).
23. "Greatest Hits" by The Notorious B.I.G. (down from 20).