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According to an eBay listing
, Dirty Money's "Want Your Love" is available on a 12" promotional vinyl for "Hello Good Morning." The record appeared online in June
Red Cafe is featured on a new Game record titled "I Like Girls" alongside Tyga. You can listen to it on XXLMag.com
On her blog, Dawn Richard is offering a free download of "Revenge"
from the upcoming Danity Kane Comics soundtrack.
"My new band... my new comic... my new soundtrack," she remarks in the post, titled "New Music: The Bang Bang Theory."
According to Diddy
, Ciroc has moved ahead of Belvedere in most states, making it the second best selling vodka in the United States,
that his grime mix of Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" will premiere in the U.K. on KISS 100
on Monday at 12 AM (midnight). If you are in the U.K., you can listen online. But, if you're in the U.S. like me, you won't be able to do so.
that this will mark the "1st U.S. artist to ever flow on grime."
In May, Diddy announced that he would not host a White Party in 2010
and had, instead, teamed up with M&M's to host a party with a color selected by online votes. Along with this, a "Party Like Diddy" sweepstakes as launched, giving you a chance to win travel and accommodations for you and 20 of your friends, along with the opportunity to meet Diddy and help plan the party.
The color and winner have now been announced
. Ms. Green was voted the favorite color/character, with 23 percent of 3.4 million votes. Meanwhile, the sweepstakes winner is B.C. Ashmall-Liversidge of Brooklyn, NY.
Diddy will now host the M&M's Green Party in New York City in September.
The "Lopez Tonight" website
has the full video from last night's appearance by Diddy/Dirty Money. Lopez interviewed Diddy, then he brought out Dawn Richard, Kalenna and Rick Ross and spoke with them as well. Later, Dirty Money performed "Hello Good Morning" with Rick Ross. It was a great performance.
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released today.
The Billboard 200
151. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 140).
Top Current Albums
138. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 126).
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
27. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (up from 28).
Back in May, I posted a teaser for Fabolous' "Tonight/Love Come Down" music video
featuring Red Cafe. The songs are from his "There is No Competition 2" mixtape (free download). The songs are from the rapper's "There is No Competition 2" mixtape
). The second track is his take on the Dirty Money's "Love Come Down," featuring a Diddy sample.
Aasim has released a new freestyle for download, "On My Queens S*** (Freestyle)"
. You can listen to it below, as well.
The last that we heard, Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris" was due for a September 20 release date
. That is no longer the case. In the clip below, Diddy announces his August/September cover feature in Vibe
, and notes that the album will be released in October. He declined to provide a specific date.
"Yeah, I know I've been saying a lot of dates, so I'm not even going to tell y'all the exact date," he said. "But, at least know the month. The month is October."
Vibe has posted some snippets from their interview with Diddy
for the cover story in their August/September issue
. One of the questions, deals with Martin Bashir's questioning of him during his June appearance on ABC's "Nightline."
This was his answer:
There were times in the interview when I had to give him an ultimatum. The questions werenít being handled the right way. In hindsight, when I saw him I shouldnít had done the interview because I know the style of interview that he does . . . The whole thing about giving a Maybach to my son, thatís really like a racist question. You donít ask White people what they buy their kids. And they buy Ďem Porsches and convertible Bentleys and it ainít no question. Itís really a racist question and put things back in perspective with money and the way that people still look at you. And Iím not saying that consciously heís a racist. But he probably donít even realize that he would not ask Steve Jobs that. He would be like Steve Jobs has that money and thatís the gift his kid is supposed to get.
The big announcement
that Diddy hinted at yesterday, in regard to his guest editor stint at Vibe.com today
, is that he'll cover the August/September issue of Vibe Magazine
, alongside Dirty Money, Cassie, Janelle Monae, Red Cafe and Rick Ross. Here's a clip of Diddy talking about the cover:
Check out the cover below as well as the full fold out.
As I mentioned yesterday
, Diddy is today's guest editor on Vibe.com
. There is a special section for his contributions at vibe.com/diddytakeover
with the first being about 10 memorable Biggie lines
BBC Radio's 6 Music News has a short feature on Janelle Monae
that includes some brief interview snippets with the singer. Check it out below.
According to his Twitter
, Diddy will be the guest editor of the day on Vibe Magazine's website
on Wednesday. He promises a "huge surprise."
Janelle Monae has digitally released a compilation of "Tightrope" remixes on Beatport
, to be followed by an August 3 relaese on Amazon.com
. Titled, "Tightrope (The Remixes)," the 10 track release will feature remixes from Robbie Rivera, DJ Goodwill, Paul Harris and 10 Rapid. It will also feature the Wondamix with B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco
and an acapella of the original cut.
If you can wait a week or so, the Amazon.com release
will likely be priced much lower than the $24.90 full package price on Beatport.
You can listen to some long snippets on Beatport
and Robbie Rivera and 10 Rapid have both posted mixes available online for a full, free listen. Check out these tracks below.
Robbie Rivera's Juicy Mix:
For her new blog, Dawn Richard has interviewed fellow Dirty Money member Kalenna
. You can check out the interview in two video parts below, along with a third, brief clip of Kalenna in the studio.
In the clip below, Diddy interviews Rick Ross about his track "Tears of Joy," featuring Cee-Lo and produced by No I.D. from Ross' "Teflon Don" album
. Warning: explicit.
On Twitter, David Harraway mentioned
that Aasim's latest mixtape, "Humphrey Bogart,"
which was set for a July 26 release
, has been pushed back. No new date was given.
In addition to the clips I posted yesterday
, here are a couple of additional ones from the Dirty Money concert after the Florida Marlins game on Saturday. In these, Dirty Money performs "Hello Good Morning" and Diddy picks up his verses from "Bad Boy for Life" and Jermaine Dupri's "Welcome to Atlanta (Remix)."
On Thursday, Janelle Monae performed in New York City at the "Beat the Heat" event sponsored by Hugo Boss. Check out some clips below, where she performs "Dance or Die," "Faster," "Locked Inside," "Smile," "Cold War" and "Tightrope," care of Toya's World
Back in June, Diddy and Dirty Money were both nominated in the Sucker Free Summit Awards
, receiving a total of 6 related nominations in 3 categories. The show aired and the winners have been announced (watch online
). You can check out the clips related to the categories that Diddy and Dirty Money were nominated in below.
Remix of the Year
Diddy/Dirty Money featuring Rick Ross, "Angels (Remix)"
Diddy/Dirty Money featuring Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross, "Hello, Good Morning (Remix)"
Waka Flocka Flame featuring Diddy and Rick Ross, "O Let's Do It (Remix)"
Rap Radar reports
that, on Saturday, Diddy threw out the first pitch at the Florida Marlins game in Miami. After the game, he performed a medley of hits with Dirty Money, including "Victory," "Mo Money Mo Problems," "Been Around the World," "O Let's Do It (Remix)," "Last Night" and "I Need a Girl (Part Two)." Interesting that "Been Around the World" was in the set list. I haven't seen him do that one in a while. I really need to get to a Diddy show when he goes back on tour.
At any rate, check out some crowd footage below.
DJ Scream and Russell "Block" Spencer have released a new mixtake, "Braggin Rights," that features numerous contributions from Gorilla Zoe. You can download it for free at DatPiff
. Also, check out the front and back covers, track listing and an embeddable player below.
The music video
for Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How to Dougie (Remix)"
has been released. The track features Red Cafe alongside Jermaine Dupri, B.o.B. and Bow Wow.
The header of Dawn Richard's new blog
says that she has a new song coming titled "Bottles" featuring rapper Trina. The header also mentions that the song is from "A Tell-Tale Heart." This makes it sound like her upcoming album will be titled "A Tell-Tale Heart." You can listen to a snippet of the record (no Trina) on her site, in the top right corner.
With the video below and this post
, Dawn Richard has launched DawnRichardBlog.com
, a new site where she'll be blogging and writing. From the initial 10 posts or so, it looks like the subject matter will include music (hers and otherwise), Dirty Money, fashion, poignant quotes, among other things.
Back in April of 2006, we learned that Bad Boy owned the city of New York
for plastering posters around said city.
Over four years later, Diddy's name is in the headline of an article by Erin Einhorn at the Daily News
, with city officials claiming that Bad Boy still (not Diddy) owes them $996,000 for the poster cleanup.
According to the writeup, a spokesman for Bad Boy called the bill a "bureaucratic error" and said that it had been paid by a partner company three years ago. Meanwhile, a city spokesman responded by saying their lawyers are reviewing the issue.
Einhorn says that Bad Boy is among "thousands" that owe the city $1.9 billion. The alleged $996,000 that Bad Boy (not Diddy) owes the city is 0.052421052631578945% of the $1.9 billion. That's right, 0.05%. It's unclear if the city actually named him specifically or if the Daily News simply picked him out of a list released by the city and included him in the headline to draw readers. But, either way, it seems odd and sensationalist.
Eric R. Danton has a quick interview
with Janelle Monae for CTnow. There are a couple of interesting tidbits in it, though, including Monae saying that it took her 1 year, 9 months, 18 days, 9 hours, 4 minutes and 3 seconds to finish her album, "The ArchAndroid."
Diddy appeared on "Lopez Tonight" last night
to announce that Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" had gone gold. He also performed a quick verse from "It's All About the Benjamins." check out the full clip below.
Via Ann Oldenburg
Following a trio of teasers
, here is a behind the scenes feature from the shoot for Jeremy Greene's "Fire Proof" music video, directed by Rage and filmed in Maine
On Jeremy Greene's MySpace
, you can check out a full list of his 2009 through winter 2010 tour dates. He'll be hitting a lot of venues. If you're in the U.S., chances are he'll hit one within an hour or so of you.
For the second consecutive year, I've partnered with BlogWorld & New Media Expo
to promote the event on the iFroggy Network
I have attended and spoke at the conference for the last two years and I believe it to be one of the most beneficial
blogging, social and new media based conferences that exists today. I'm glad to be back this year to attend and speak once again as the event moves to Mandalay Bay
(where I hope to be staying).
If you create content online or market yourself online in any way, the event is definitely worth checking out, whether you are a blogger, podcaster, online writer, digital or new media person at a label or marketing company, an artist or just someone who wants to improve their efforts online through social and new media.
As part of our partnership, they have provided me with a coupon code that will get you 20% off of any BlogWorld & New Media Expo pass. Through September 16, this will include the already discounted rates. But, the code will be good right up until the start of the conference
. The code to use is IFROGGYVIP.
Following the teaser that I posted yesterday
, Jeremy Greene has released two additional clips from his "Fire Proof" music video. Check them out below.
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released today. Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" falls slightly on the majority of charts, while Janelle Monae's "The ArchAndroid" holds firm.
The Billboard 200
140. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 139).
Top Current Albums
126. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (unchanged).
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
28. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (up from 30).
CassieVerse.org has photos
of the four cassie-featured shirts that will be released by Diamond Supply Co.
, along with a skateboard deck. They will all feature photographs shot by Estevan Oriol. I confirmed this story with Nick Tershay of Diamond Supply Co.
He also said that the shirts are due for an August 28 release.
On tonight's episode of "Lopez Tonight," hosted by George Lopez, Diddy stopped by to announce that Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" has gone gold and that, accordingly, they would have a "gold party" on "Lopez Tonight" next week when Dirty Money is scheduled to appear and perform
Gold indicates that 500,000 copies have been sold. The single has not yet been certified as gold by the RIAA, according to their searchable database
, but that doesn't mean that it hasn't sold 500,000 units. The database is not always up to date, either.
When he announced this, the crowd booed and Diddy asked for a mic and performed his opening verse on "It's All About the Benjamins."
Update: Photos and a release date are now available
According to reports by Baller Status
, Swag Syndicate
, photographer Estevan Oriol shot Cassie for some sort of collaboration with Diamond Supply Co.
From the pictures that have been put out, they speculate that a t-shirt and skateboard will be released. Swag Syndicate says that, according to Diamond Supply Co. founder Nick Tershay, the shirt will be released in August.
for the tip.
io9 has an interview
with Janelle Monae. She talks about her style, the music, the upcoming graphic novel and more.
Jeremy Greene has released a teaser to his "Fire Proof" music video, which was shot in Maine this past weekend
. The clip, directed by Dale "Rage" Resteghini, is said by Greene to follow a theme similar to the movie "Ghost." It's expected to be released in full in four or five weeks.
He also made the teaser available for download on Twitter
Usher was featured on VH1's "Behind the Music" last night and the show briefly touched on his time with Diddy. The full episode can be found below. Start at about the 10:30 clip for the portion concerning Diddy.
What I find interesting is that time is generally referred to as negative. Yet, it doesn't seem like that is fair. L.A. Reid admits that he was close to dropping Usher, before sending him to spend time with Diddy. While Usher says that the album content was too adult for someone of his age at the time, he then says that when his mom took the management role in his career, he remembers performing at strip clubs.
And there's no doubt that Usher's music is largely driven by love, sex and relationship-based themes. So, I don't think it would be crazy to say that his time with Diddy helped to, in some way, lay the foundation for his artistry.
This morning, Diddy shared a link on Twitter
to another UK-flavored remix of Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" featuring Hitchcock and Tinchy Stryder. It appears to be an unofficial remix. Listen below.
According to the official website
, Dirty Money will be performing on the Teen Choice Awards, airing on FOX on August 9 at 8 PM ET.
At the end of June, it was announced
that Diddy, Dirty Money, Janelle Monae and Sean John had all received nominations.
Last night, Diddy was interviewed by Tourť on Fuse's "On the Record."
You may have already seen it. But, if you're like me and you have recorded it to watch later, here are some quotes from the episode, care of Fuse:
On The Notorious B.I.G.'s last day alive:
"He was supposed to go to London but he was like, 'Yo I've never asked for anything, can we just all hang out together tonight and celebrate the album? I'll go to London the next day'" He was on me and I was like, 'No no no no no.' Then finally I gave in, so he was like, 'Whatever we do, we going to go into this club, and you ain't going to leave my side tonight. None of that running.' I was known for just running around the club and he was known for posting up with his crew. He liked dark liquor and smoking weed, I like champagne and just hanging out, meeting girls. He was like, 'You're gonna hang out with me tonight.' That's why there aren't really a lot of pictures of me and Big before that, hanging out at places, because I was always so spastic, just running around the club. That was really the only night we did that, per his request."
On finding out his father was murdered and was one of Harlem's leading drug dealers:
In Janelle Monae's online store
, you can pick up a brand new t-shirt: "The Face Of The ArchAndroid." It features Monae's face from the cover of her album, "The ArchAndroid." It's available for $20.
Back in February, I shared a behind the scenes clip from the shoot
of a new Sean John billboard for Times Square. That billboard has now been launched and the Sean John blog has photos
Jeremy Greene has released part 1 of a documentary on his background and music. Check it out below.
Check out the clip below to see Jeremy Greene announce some tour dates alongside his manager.
Updating a previous story
, The Morning Sentinel reports
that Jeremy Greene did hot shoot the music video for "Fire Proof" in Waterville, Maine, after all. Instead, the video was shot in two other cities in Maine - Portland and Augusta.
"I'm truly sorry that I didn't make it there," he told Amy Calder. "I wanted nothing more than to shoot it at Hathaway."
According to Diddy's MySpace
and the Entourage website
, a new Dirty Money record premiered on the show's most recent episode, which aired on Sunday. The song was called "Last Night Part II." Diddy scored a top 10 hit with "Last Night" off of his last album, "Press Play."
Did anyone hear the record? If so, please let us know in the comments.
On Twitter, Marvin Winans Jr. mentioned
that Mario Winans would be featured on his upcoming "You Never Let Me Down" Remix EP. No release date was provided.
Care of Mario Winans' website
, here is a teaser for the upcoming Sahama music video for "Mine" featuring Winans.
Our audio player
features a new record from Jeremy Greene, "Don't Stop."
A full version of Day26's "Guardian Angel" has appeared online, purported to be produced by Bryan-Michael Cox. Not much else is known about the record, at this time.
Amy Calder of The Morning Sentinel
has a nice feature on Jeremy Greene, centered around the music video for "Fire Proof," which he shot last weekend in Waterville, Maine, where he grew up. The video will be directed by Dale "Rage" Resteghini who also directed Dirty Money's "Love Come Down" and many more music videos
The video was not shot in Waterville, but in other parts of Maine
"The whole concept of it is very much like the movie 'Ghost,'" Greene told Calder. "Me and my girlfriend get into an argument, I leave in an old car, get into an accident and die, and six months later, she starts feeling my presence. I'm like a ghost, being very stalkerish in the video."
Greene revealed that he will join Sean Kingston on tour starting on August 26, and then they will be on tour with Justin Bieber at a later date. He also spoke on his deal with Bad Boy and his upcoming album.
"He got my vision and he let me do my whole album myself," he said." He pretty much kidnapped me and took me home and I lived there for, like, three weeks until the deal was done.""
Resteghini expects the music video to be released in four or five weeks.
Jay Electronica's "The Ghost of Christopher Wallace"
features the rapper on the first half of the cut and then Diddy continuing to talk on the rest of the record.
Some people like it, some people don't. With the exception of the random generalization of bloggers, I love that stuff and I've always loved Diddy's ad-libs. It seems like Jay Elect is a fan, too. He spoke with MTV News' Shaheem Reid about the record and how it came to be
. Speaking in reference to Diddy talking on the record, this is what he said:
"I told him to. That's the Puff I love. That's the Puff I wanna hear. I grew up listening to Biggie records and all these other records. I hear both sides of the coin; some people like it, some people don't. He went long. We was supposed to go in the studio the next day with the engineer and only uses pieces. But I told him, 'Leave it all the way in.' I wanted it like that. A lot of times when I leave skits on there, it serves the same purpose. It's keeping the atmosphere and the energy."
MTV News' Shaheem Reid reports
that Jay Electronica is a member of the Dream Team, joining Diddy, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Busta Rhymes, Red Cafe and Fat Joe.
As I mentioned on Thursday
, Diddy will appear on tonight's episode of "On the Record" on Fuse, hosted by Tourť. The show airs at 8 PM ET.
Tourť told SOHH.com
that one of the things Diddy will talk about is that "Last Train to Paris" may be the last album he plans to sell, hinting that the music industry may more widely embrace a free model that pushes fans toward merchandise and concert ticket sales.
Among other subjects, Diddy will also talk about haters (see the clip below, warming: vulgar) and why Biggie is the greatest rapper of all-time
Rapper Q Da Kid has released the music video for "It Was All a Dream." The record features a light sample of Biggie (from "Juicy") on the chrous, which is sung by Dondria. Care of Q Da Kid's Twitter
, you can also download the track for free
Via Lil' Cease
According to the official website
, Diddy will be appearing on "Lopez Tonight"
on July 21 and returning to the show on July 28 to perform with Dirty Money. The show airs at 11 PM ET on TBS.
Back in June, I reported that a remix to Janelle Monae's "Cold War
was on the way. Well, it's here. You can download it for free on RCRD LBL
. The track has been completely changed from the original. You can listen to it below, as well.
Via Mark Edward Nero
Janelle Monae was recently interviewed by The Guardian
, The Sun
and Clash Magazine
. Nothing particularly newsworthy, but something that I'm sure fans will enjoy.
According to EW.com's Simon Vozick-Levinson
and the official DJ Hero website
, music from Puff Daddy, The Notorious B.I.G. and Mase will be featured in the upcoming "DJ Hero 2" video game, available on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. You can pre-order it on Amazon.com
In June, DJ Chuckie released his remix of Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning"
featuring T.I. At the time, a download of the track was not made available.
In early July, however, Chuckie made it available for free download online. You can download it via the widget below.
On Twitter, Lil' Cease mentioned
that Black Rob would be featured on a record with Peedi Crakk for Cease's upcoming mixtape. He said he would leak the record next week (now this week).
RCRD LBL is offering a free and legal download
of the Organized Noise remix of Janelle Monae's "Tightrope" featuring Big Boi. The song was included on the Amazon.com deluxe version of Monae's "The ArchAndroid" album
. You can listen to it below.
Via Mark Edward Nero
Ciroc is backing the music video for Vado's "Speaking in Tongues" featuring Cam'Ron. Check out some behind the scenes footage below, from the shoot.
On a related note, you can also download Aasim's remix
and solo freestyle
to the record.
On July 4, ESPN aired their annual award program, The ESPYS
, with a special performance of "Tightrope" by Janelle Monae. She also joined comedian/actor Will Ferrell for a skit where he portrayed supposed vuvuzela creator Jeff Vuvuzela. Monae came on stage to perform a duet with the character, as they took turns on Roberta Flackís "Tonight I Celebrate My Love."
Janelle Monae spoke with Kev Geoghegan of the BBC News
about concept albums.
A debut album with such an esoteric concept sounds like a risky move for an emerging artist but the self-assured Monae insists she never set out to make life difficult.
"I just had a very important story to tell," she explains.
"I believe the story of Cindi Mayweather and the story of the ArchAndroid was important enough for us to write music around and create a graphic novel and we'll be shooting a film."
Check out the video below for a behind the scenes interview with Dave Meyers, the director of Ciroc's "Perfectly Smooth" video clip
A little over a week ago, Diddy announced on Twitter
that Fat Joe had joined the Dream Team, the loosely affiliated collective of artists headed by Diddy and also including DJ Khaled, Fabolous, Busta Rhymes, Red Cafe and Rick Ross.
AllHipHop.com's Clayton Perry
asked B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco (both featured on Janelle Monae's "Tightrope (Wondamix)"
) about the "ArchAndroid" singer and they heaped a lot of praise on her.
have placed Janelle Monae's "The ArchAndroid" on their lists of the best albums of 2010 to date. URB even gave it the number one slot, calling Monae "a rising game-changer."
James Covert of the New York Post reports
that Sean John has "struck a deal to outsource the contracting of overseas manufacturers for its merchandise." The deal will apparently lead to as many as 10 of Sean John's 100 or greater full-time New York staff heading over to LF USA
, which is a unit of trading company Li & Fung Group
The post story also quotes a Sean John spokesperson, who made clear that design, promotion and production were not being outsourced and that the outsourcing deal with allow the clothing and lifestyle brand to cater more to its strengths under CEO Dawn Robertson, who will have been with the company two years on August 1
Via Carter Maness
Earlier this month, the Pop & Hiss blog over at the Los Angeles Times interviewed Bad Boy songwriter Makeba Riddick
. Toward the end, it's noted that Riddick is working with Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins on a project from Diddy.
In an interview with Complex.com
, producer Lex Luger revealed that Diddy had reached out to him about working in the studio. Luger is credited with Rick Ross' "B.M.F." and "MC Hammer."
Back in May, Diddy confirmed that he had entered into a brand management relationship with Rick Ross
, following a report by Billboard in April
that the Bad Boy CEO would co-manage the Miami-based rapper.
Last week, Ross spoke briefly
about the early returns that he has seen since making the deal.
"More money, bigger offers, more endorsements, a lot of things is going on," he shared regarding the edge Diddy's given him. "You know the natural things that come along with dealing with the biggest figure in hip-hop."
Titled "I'm Still Here: The Lost Year Of Joaquin Phoenix," the Diddy-featured documentary
on Joaquin Phoenix's move to rap is set for a limited release on September 10, followed by a wide release one week later. This news comes care of Deadline.com's Mike Fleming
, Diddy told MTV
that Phoenix's rap career was "real" and that, if it wasn't, "he tricked me."
Via Sean O'Neal
During Diddy's appearance earlier this month on Peter Rosenberg's "Noisemakers,"
he was presented with a custom pair of sneakers, inspired by him. SoleRedemption.com has a story
on them, complete with photos. They were designed by Nelson Cepeda of Rebelaire
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries of The Wall Street Journal's Digits blog reports
that eleven record labels have filed a lawsuit against adult website operators RK Netmedia and RealityKings.com (warning: inappropriate content) claiming copyright infringement through the unauthorized use of copyrighted songs more than 500 times.
A report by CHARTattack
mentioned that Bad Boy was one of the eleven labels. Together, the group is requesting $150,000 per infringement, or unspecified damages and profits made by the defendants. They are also seeking an injunction to prevent the videos from being played further.
spoke with Lawrence Walters, an attorney representing RK Netmedia. He suggested that there may be a fair use and freedom of speech issue.
"As a copyright holder, RK greatly respects the need to enforce one's intellectual property rights," said Walters. "That being said, there are some important fair use and 1st Amendment issues inherent in this action. It is RK's hope that we can achieve a resolution to this matter that protects both the plaintiff's copyright interests and RK's right to free expression and commentary on popular culture."
According to a copy of the complaint posted online
, the Bad Boy songs that allegedly were infringed upon were The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Mo Money Mo Problems" (3 times) and "Hypnotize" (3), Gorilla Zoe's "Hood Figga" (3), Yung Joc's "It's Goin' Down" (13), Diddy's "I Need a Girl, Part 1" and "It's All About the Benjamins," Cassie's "Me & U" (9) and 112's "Dance With Me."
With Rick Ross' "Teflon Don"
album (pre-order on Amazon.com
) coming out in just 3 days, you can now listen to the album on his MySpace
This includes "No. 1"
featuring Diddy and Trey Songz. Diddy adds a rap verse and ad-libs to the record.
The song is the cut that featuresthe unreleased Diddy verse that I mentioned at the end of June
Aasim has released a visual for "Impossible" from his "Off the Shelf" mixtape
). Check it out below.
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released yesterday. Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" sees an overall rise.
The Billboard 200
139. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 114).
Top Current Albums
126. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 105).
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
30. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 25).
Diddy will be featured on the July 20th episode of Fuse's "On the Record."
It airs at 8 PM ET on Fuse. A second airing is set for July 22 at 5:30 PM ET.
I'm not sure that the tweet should necessarily be taken all that seriously, but Dawn Richard spoke with Vibe
about a tweet that Qwanell "Que" Mosley sent that, in so many words, asked her to marry him.
"He talked about it to me but I didn't know he was gonna do that," she told Sasha Smith. "I feel that's between him and I but I'm happy that he's happy with me and that's all I'll say about that.Ē Richard tells VIBE. "You guys will know soon enough. Right now, I think Qwanell is such a loving person that he just wants to tell the world all the time what goes on between me and him and that was a surprise to me and I love him for that. But I'm more of a private person. You guys will find out when it's time. I do love him and I do think he's my soulmate."
Following up on the short clip I posted in April
, here is a longer behind the scenes video of the Dirty Money shoot for Black Men Magazine
, featuring Dawn Richard and Kalenna, released by BlackTree TV
Via Rap Radar
Back in November, Diddy released a remix to Dirty Money's "Angels"
featuring Aasim (free download
). Aasim has released a clip adding some visuals to his verse. Check it out below.
Back in June, I reported
that "No. 1" by Rick Ross featuring Diddy and Trey Songz had appeared on an Amazon.co.uk-posted track list for Ross' upcoming "Teflon Don" album.
The track is now included on both the Amazon.com and iTunes track lists and a snippet can be heard on Amazon.com
Below, check out the brand new music video for Rick Ross' "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)" by featuring Styles P and a cameo from Diddy, as well as The Lox, Fabolous, DJ Khaled, Bun B and more. Check out some behind the scenes footage
The song is featured on both the free "The Albert Anastasia EP"
and Ross' upcoming album, "Teflon Don," which you can pre-order on Amazon.com
Aasim has released a remake of a Brandy track that appeared online earlier this year, titled "La La Land." Aasim's cut maintains the same beat as the original, keeping a chorus from Brandy. You can download it for free
or listen to it below.
Aasim's next mixtape, set for a July 26 release
will be titled "Humphrey Bogart," according to a message posted on his Twitter account
Aasim has released his own take on Drake's "Successful" with Iyanna Dean. You can download it for free
and listen to it below.
The Daily Scheisse has released a short, four part video interview with Aasim. In the clips, he talks about his inspirations, the track "Groupie B****" (from his "Off the Shelf" mixtape) and women. Check it out below.
Over the next 9 days or so, we'll have a bit of a coverage hiatus here at Bad Boy Blog. There may be some news, here and there, but not at the normal rate. We'll be back in action after that period.
Thank you for your understanding and for reading Bad Boy Blog.
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released yesterday. Bolstered by their performance on the BET Awards
, Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" makes an impressive rise.
The Billboard 200
114. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (up from 136).
Top Current Albums
105. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (up from 127).
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
25. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (up from 27).
Below, check out the music video for "Got Damn" by Red Cafe, from his "No Witnesses" mixtape
. The video is presented by Ciroc.
Aasim has pit his own spin on Rick Ross' "Here I Am," featuring Iyanna Dean is featured on the record. You can download it for free
and listen to it below. "Here I Am" was featured on Ross' second album, "Trilla." The song originally featured Nelly and Avery Storm. Check out the music video for it beneath the audio player below.
Within the last hour, an unofficial remix to Cam'Ron and Vado's "Speaking in Tongues" was released with a verse from Aasim
. You can also download just Aasim's verse
, care of David Harraway. Listen to it below.
According to a tweet sent by producer Rob Holladay
, he's working on a new song that features Dawn Richard, Roscoe Dash and Yung Berg. It's unclear whose project it is for.
Aasim has put a verse on Cam'Ron and Vado's "Speaking in Tongues," creating an unofficial remix that you can download for free
, via David Harraway. You can also listen to it below.
, Diddy appeared on Peter Rosenberg's "Noisemakers"
for what sounds like an incredible interview, from a report by The Boombox
to the bits of video that have appeared online. On Twitter, Rosenberg said
that an "official video" would be out in a few days.
For now, check out the two clips below.
Via The Mad Rapper
Check out our audio player
for "How Fly is He" by Jeremy Greene featuring Diddy. The Diddy part is sampled from Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning," including the title which is from Diddy's rap verse on the track.
Back in May, Donnie Klang revealed that he was no longer signed to Bad Boy
As I have done in other cases, I held back on taking Klang out of our coverage lineup, in attempt to verify the news and give Bad Boy an opportunity to comment publicly.
But, the news has continued to spread and Klang has spoken with the press and on Twitter about the split. Yesterday, a blog post was published on Global Grind
where he spoke about what happened.
Given all of this, I feel as though it is safe to say that Donnie is no longer signed to Bad Boy. So, his coverage at Bad Boy Blog will now come to an end.
Donnie joined Bad Boy officially in August of 2007
and we interviewed him about a year later
. His debut album, "Just a Rolling Stone" (which I liked
) debuted at 19 on The Billboard 200
I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.
Mario Winans is featured on a new record from Benzino, "Good Times." It also features Joe Boom.
According to a report by SOHH.com
, Rob Holladay (who Diddy said was a member of The Hitmen back in September
) and Yung Berg are working on Cassie's upcoming album.
Check out the clip below for some footage of Diddy and Jay Electronica in the studio on the night that Electronica's "The Ghost of Christopher Wallace"
Earlier today, I posted some footage from Dirty Money's performance in Atlantic City on July 3
. That consisted of Diddy talking about comparisons to Biggie and Rick Ross' performance of "B.M.F." and Dirty Money's performance of "Angels (Remix)" with Ross.
RealTalkNY has some more footage and a recap
. Check out the clip below. It includes performances from Red Cafe, Fat Joe and Fabolous.
RealTalkNY has footage
from Dirty Money's performance in Atlantic City on July 3. Check it out below.
The clip starts with Diddy, Rick Ross by his side, criticizing "negative a** blogs" for saying that he had compared Rick Ross to Biggie. Since Bad Boy Blog is not a "negative a** blog" and that I wrote that Diddy did not compare Rick Ross to Biggie way back in March
, I'm going to say that he's not talking about this publication.
"There will only be one motherf****** B.I.G.," he said. "No one can ever be compared to B.I.G. He's a one of motherf****** one. What the f*** you think, I'm crazy? I'm gonna compare somebody to the n**** B.I.G."
Following that, we see some performance clips of Ross' "B.M.F." and Dirty Money's "Angels (Remix)," with Ross performing both verses.
for the tip.
Speaking to Vibe, Raekwon called Diddy the "Donald Trump of rap."
Here's the quote:
Puff is the Donald Trump of rap. You have to respect his business antics. A lot of people don't realize that Puffy was doing this s*** before a lot of us even came into the game. And he still has the energy to know great music when he hears it. I look at him as a younger Russell Simmons. He put a lot into hip-hop for us."
According to Aasim's Twitter stream
, his next mixtape will be released on July 26.
Aasim was kind enough to record a video drop for Bad Boy Blog. Thank you to David James for setting it up. Check it out below. Warning: explicit.
Here's the new music video for Rick Ross' "Fire Hazard," off of his free album "The Albert Anastasia EP."
It was produced by The Runners and the music video is presented by Ciroc.
Bernadette McNulty of the Telegraph spoke with Janelle Monae
about androids, conformity and more.
Underneath the uniform, rather than an emotionless android, MonŠe seems to be working out how to be a shy girl making it in an extrovertís business. ďMost people are under the conception that when they meet me I will be the same as I act on stage but itís just the music that makes me feel that way. I am a very shy person and I donít like to be looked at for long periods of time,Ē she admits. ďIím finding that hard to get used to.Ē
Via The Boombox
Aasim's "Airplanes (Freestyle)"
has been mixed into "Airplanes, Part II" by B.o.B to create an unofficial remix of the track, along with the original features of Hayley Williams and Eminem. You can download it for free
, care of David Harraway
. Listen below.
KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" program
has a great, hour long clip of Janelle Monae performing a set for them, pausing for a 12 minute interview, and then performing an encore. Check it out below.
Danja, the producer behind Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning," spoke briefly with The Boombox about their upcoming "Last Train to Paris" album
"It's energetic. It's emotional. As far as sonically and how he presents himself - I just think it's an all around album that a lot of different people can relate to in different ways," he says.
Janelle Monae is Rolling Stone's Artist of the Week
and as part of the feature
, they asked her some questions.
But MonŠe also believes ó quite plausibly ó that she will help redefine whatís possible for black female performers. "I'm trying to open doors for girls who look like myself and have been told they canít sing about this or that," she says.
Below, check out some behind the scenes footage from Janelle Monae's shoot for Nylon Magazine
. There are some questions with Monae mixed into the clip, as well.
Aasim continues his freestyle run with his take on the B.o.B's hit "Airplanes" featuring Hayley Williams, minus B.o.B, but with some of Williams' vocals. Download it for free
, care of David Harraway
. Listen below.
In June, former Bad Boy producer Nashiem Myrick appeared on Grind Music Radio
and discussed the creation of "Who Shot Ya."
Care of the show's
Twitter, you can download the full audio for free
. It's a great interview, definitely worth a listen for any long term Bad Boy fan.
Along with Jermaine Dupri, B.o.B and Bow Wow, Red Cafe is featured on the brand new remix to Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How to Dougie." Listen to it at XXLMag.com
According to his Twitter
, Red Cafe will release a new single in 10 days.
Aasim's "Find Your Love (Freestyle)"
has been mixed with the full track by Drake, creating an unofficial remix. You can download it for free
or listen below, care of David Harraway
Here is the brand new music video for Janelle Monae's "Tightrope (Wondamix)"
featuring B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco. It's available for digital purchase on iTunes
. Farther down, check out some behind the scenes footage.
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts (or most of them, anyway - see the bottom of this post), released today. Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" continues it's overall move upward.
The Billboard 200
136. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 104).
Top Current Albums
127. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 97).
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
27. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 20).
Blue Flame, Bad Boy's marketing division, has released a series of "Ciroc Smooth Talk with Diddy" videos, titled "Celebrate Responsibly," "Not Smooth" and "Smile/Toes." Professionally shot and well edited, the videos are lighthearted and no more than 30 seconds in length. Check them out below.