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.
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.
1. Red Cafe Intro
2. Welcome To The Movie
3. No Problems
4. Doin Me
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
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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."
As I've maintainedfor 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.
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."
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
1. Overture II
2. Dance or Die
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
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
"[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."
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.
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.
"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.
"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."
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.
In the last few days, Diddy has retweeteda 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.
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.
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:
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)
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.
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.
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums
19. "Ready to Die" by The Notorious B.I.G. (down from 15).
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."
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."
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
"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