Some may be asking, what is Bull Moose? It is a music, movie and game store with 10 locations, 8 of which are in Maine (2 are in New Hampshire). Greene was born in Maine. So, there you have it. The track listing for the release is below.
1. "Miss America"
2. "Not My Fault"
3. "Ain't No Way" featuring Mississippi
4. "Take it Off" featuring Jim Jones
5. "Dance All Night"
6. "Tic Tic"
8. "Don't Stop"
10. "Outta My Brain"
12. "City Lights"
14. "Who I Am" featuring Sean Kingston
15. "Fire Proof"
17. "Help Me"
18. "Soldier" featuring Souf Boi
19. "Rain" featuring Pitbull
The store it was released at, Bull Moose, has a small cover image, but not much else. There is no track listing provided and there does not appear to be a way to purchase the album from the website, even though Greene only posted a link to it within the last half hour.
Following it's premiere on BET's "106 & Park," the music video for Dirty Money's "Your Love" has been released online. The video version of the record features Rick Ross and Trey Songz. It was directed by Colin Tilley, who directed the video for Dirty Money's "Yesterday."
Toronto, Canada-based sports network Rogers Sportsnet has featured Dirty Money's "Coming Home," featuring Skylar Grey, in a new promo for the start of the baseball season and the Toronto Blue Jays, a baseball team whose games are featured on the network. Watch below, care of the Rogers Sportsnet YouTube channel.
Originally expected in January, Red Cafe released his "Above the Cloudz" mixtape earlier this month. You can pick up both clean and dirty versions for free download.
The set features Curren$y, Rick Ross, Lloyd Banks, Fabolous, Talib Kweli, Omarion, French Montana and more. Check out the track listing and the front and back covers below.
1. Above the Cloudz
2. Keep it 500
3. Everyday's a Weekend featuring Curren$y
5. Put it in the Air
6. Faded featuring Rick Ross
7. The Realest featuring Lloyd Banks and Fabolous
8. Big in the Hood
9. I Got This featuring Lore'l
10. Slumdog Billionaire featuring Kid Ink and Nucci
11. I Luv featuring Talib Kweli
12. We Get it On featuring Omarion
13. I Don't Stunt
14. Black Roses featuring French Montana
15. Certified (Remix) featuring Ross Fortune
If Ciroc parent company Diageo decided to sell the vodka line, Diddy would stand to receive a lump sum, the amount of which would grow based on the overall value of the brand. This was revealed in a report by Forbes writer Zack O'Malley Greenburg.
Back when the deal was announced, it was said that it meant a 50/50 profit share between Diddy and Ciroc, which would max out at $100 million. Because of this, Greenburg's assertion was challenged in the comments on the story, but he defended the report.
That's true - it's not a straight equity deal, which is why it's not in the [company filing]," he said. "However, in my reporting I discovered that Diddy is entitled to a lump sum payout in the event of a sale, and this escalates along with the brandís value. I doubt Diageo will sell, but if they do, heís entitled to a nine-figure payday."
Greenburg suggests that Diddy's interest in Ciroc will lead to him becoming hip-hop's first billionaire.
Daron Jones of former Bad Boy group 112 posted a video on his YouTube channel where he is working on a track for Aasim. Though many might associate Jones with 112 and, as such, think of him as a singer, he has actually also been a producer for most, if not all of his time with the group.
Diddy made a surprise appearance at the Fader Fort at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas last night.
After introducing Lil B, he performed a small set including verses from "O Let's Do It (Remix)," "Mo Money Mo Problems," "Victory" and "It's All About the Benjamins." Check out clips below of the introduction and "Mo Money Mo Problems." They hung Diddy out to dry a little bit with an instrumental of the record, but he rapped along for a piece of Mase's part of the song, before taking it home with his verse.
Do you want to see the full performance? You can watch a continually looping stream on the Fader Fort website. Definitely recommended. It gets a little messy at the end when Odd Future comes on, someone throws something and hits Tyler the Creator in the head and then they throw some things back at the crowd before engaging in some stage diving.
July 13: Regina, SK (Brandt Centre)
July 14: Winnipeg, MB (MTS Centre)
July 16: Calgary, AB (Stampede)
July 17: Edmonton, AB (Rexall Place)
Aug. 19: Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)
Aug. 20: St. Louis, MO (Scottrade Center)
Janelle Monae will perform at the Killers, Lasers, Papers concert at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival tonight in Austin, Texas. The show starts at 10 PM ET and will feature Monae alongside B.o.B and Wiz Khalifa. You can watch below care of the performance website.
March 9 marked the 14th anniversary of the untimely death of Christopher Wallace, better known as The Notorious B.I.G. In honor of this day, according to the charts, people bought his "Greatest Hits" album," DJs played his hit "One More Chance/Stay With Me (Remix)" and mobile fans picked up the ringtone for "Spit Your Game." The last of the three makes it's debut on the Hot Ringtones chart.
The Billboard 200
81. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 75).
Top Current Albums
79. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (down from 71).
The singer shared an "iPad playlist" that was featured in the article and, in doing so, revealed a trio of new records, including a "new single" titled "Bougie S***." "Unprofessional" and "Ex Games" are the other two songs mentioned.
I was down at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive for the past week and that is why there has been no new articles during this span. We'll resume coverage shortly, but I wanted to be sure to mention that on Monday, Bad Boy Blog celebrated five years online.
I'd like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who supports what we do here. I launched this site because it was the site I wanted as a Bad Boy fan and that is where our responsibility first lies - to fans. I have a responsibility to provide accurate, fair coverage and work hard, every day, to ensure that that standard is met.
Thank you to the people in and around Bad Boy, and it's artists and ventures, who understand this and the importance of it - the importance of that independence and our responsibility to cover all stories. Not just the positive ones.
Thank you for reading this and for visiting Bad Boy Blog.
"Make Em Clap" uses previously released Diddy vocals while Feel Stronger features a new mix with numerous changes that you can hear when comparing it to the original version that was released. Edit: Aasim representative David Harraway says that some of the vocals on the song from Diddy are new. See more below.
Update: I have removed both records from our audio player. Shortly after this story was posted, I received an e-mail from David Harraway, who represents Aasim and had provided us with the audio.
He told me that my claim that "Make Em Clap" used previously released vocals from Diddy was inaccurate. He said that the vocals were new, except that they had used "maybe 2 things" from a previous record. According to him, they want people to accept the record as new and my writing took away from their desire. He suggested that I remove the comment about the vocals.
I responded, informing him that if there were new vocals on the record, I would be happy to update this post to make that clear, as I want it to be accurate. I asked that he please point me to a couple of examples of new vocals on the record and their second marks on the song. I also reminded him that while I like Aasim and we cover him like no one else does, that also doesn't mean that we aren't an independent publication.
His response was to request that I remove "Make Em Clap" from our audio player, that it had been given to me as a "courtesy" and that as a "gentleman," I should have removed the part about Diddy's vocals as a "courtesy" to him. In other words, if I want to play the record in our audio player, I should remove something from a post that was accurate at his demand, or else.
As such, I have removed the record - and "Feel Stronger" - from our audio player. Bad Boy Blog is an independent publication and while we are generally supportive of Bad Boy and it's artists, we will not be pressured into not covering potentially negative stories or stating simple facts (even if they aren't particularly negative, as was the case here).
Mr. Harraway did not respond to my request for pointers to the specific original vocals, but I have gone ahead and noted his objection to my writing above.
On the website of Noviak Music, which is run by Willie Taylor of Day26, you can listen to some unreleased music from the group and from Taylor. Some of it you may have heard of, some you might not have, which is why I wanted to share it.
From their homepage, click on "The Unreleased Noviak Music" and "The Remixes Noviak Music" boxes in the rotating row and you'll be able to listen.
Tracks that we have not previously mentioned here on Bad Boy Blog include:
"A Song for KV" by Lucky (a stage name Taylor used previously)
"Pushing Beauty" by Lucky
"Over the Max" by Lucky
"In Love with Yo Booty" by John Blu featuring Willie Taylor
"Break Up" by Willie Taylor, Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett
On Twitter, Rick Ross shared a link to Rap Radar's post that features the new remix to Dirty Money's "Your Love," which includes a new verse from Rick Ross, a newly recorded clean verse from Diddy and some other small changes, as well.
MLB.com's Spencer Fordin reports from the festivities, with video and some quotes from Diddy's speech and the introduction that was given to him by Russell Simmons.
"The greatness of a man like Jackie Robinson comes not only from his talent as an athlete," he said. "It comes from his spirit as a humanitarian. He had to be thinking about not just himself; He had to be thinking about others. He had to be thinking about the future. Jackie Robinson once said that 'A life is not important except for the impact it has on other lives.'
"And as I thought about coming here tonight, the power of those words -- the responsibility -- made me stop and think. To say my name in the same breath as Jackie Robinson is beyond humbling, and it's something that I had to ask myself if I was ready and if I was worthy of it. ...I had to ask myself if I was ready. And I'm here to tell you tonight that I am ready."
But, he mentioned that Dirty Money's "Coming Home" had now sold 2 million copies world wide while "Hello Good Morning" has sold 1.5 million. This is an update to the numbers he shared in mid-February. At that point, they had sold 1.7 million and 1.2 million, respectively.
Basketball player Shaquille O'Neal and his relationship with The Notorious B.I.G. is highlighted on the latest edition of ESPN's "Outside the Lines."
In the clip, which you can watch below, O'Neal discusses not only their friendship, but also the night that Biggie was killed. That night, he says, the plan was that he would meet up with Biggie and Diddy at a party, but he fell asleep. He wonders whether that would have changed what happened next.
Diddy and Lil' Cease were also interviewed for the segment.
One advertisement in the header was not interactive, but a large one toward the right side of the page was. When you moved your mouse over Monae's face, it showed a page within Bing featuring Monae and highlighted her song "Locked Inside." When clicked, you are directed to the Janelle Monae page on Bing Music.
The track is included on the new mixtape but as I listened to it, I realized it was an alternate mix of the record. If you listen to the two, side by side, you'll note the differences, including a beat change under Diddy's verse.
Diddy will appear on the March 10 episode of "American Idol" on FOX, coaching the remaining contestants on swag and dressing them in Sean John. He will also perform "Coming Home" with Dirty Money and, for the first time live, Skylar Grey.
"The way [Jennifer] handled coming after Simon and even myself from 'Making the Band' and the way we were hard coaches - sheís been like, a compassionate person," he said. "She has made me cry like twice and she's looked good doing it. And she has made sense so, you know, I'm proud of her."
Pam Long, part of the trio that made up former Bad Boy trio Total, is working on a new project and was recently interviewed by I Miss the Old School. She discussed her time with Bad Boy, the group's end, the prospects of a reunion, her relationship with Diddy and her current project. It's a nice blast from the past.
It seems like all interviews with former Bad Boy artists have to include the "how was your relationship with Diddy" question. It's nice to see a mature adult being the one answering it because that doesn't always happen. Check out her website for more.
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released on Thursday. Dirty Money's "Last Train to Paris" sees across the board gains while "Coming Home" gains in all but two charts, including a three slot gain on the Hot 100, resting at #19.
The Billboard 200
69. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (up from 104).
Top Current Albums
65. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (up from 95).
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
14. "Last Train to Paris" by Dirty Money (up from 22).
46. "The ArchAndroid: Suites II and III" by Janelle Monae (down from 38).
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony member Krayzie Bone has released his own version of Dirty Money's "Last Night Part 2" where he leads off the record with a verse and the sung chorus. You can listen at AllHipHop.com.
Play-N-Skillz, the production duo that won a GRAMMY for their work on Chamillionaire's "Ridin'," has released a remix to Dirty Money's "Coming Home." The song features only a small, small portion of Skylar Grey and does not feature any vocals from Dirty Money.
Last month, a previously unreleased Dirty Money record titled "Set Me Free" appeared online, featuring Rico Love. Not much is known about the record, as it had not been mentioned previously by any of the artists before it popped up. The version that appears online sounds like an unfinished cut, likely recorded in consideration of the group's "Last Train to Paris" album.
CIT Group, a company that provides financialing to small and middle market companies, has provided a senior structured credit facility to Sean John parent Christian Casey LLC, which the company will use to expand it's domestic and international licenses.
"Our expertise in the apparel and retail market allowed us to structure a credit facility that provides Sean John with liquidity through an asset-based lending facility against its trademarks and other intangible assets," ion said John Daly, President of CIT Trade Finance in a press release. "We have worked closely with the Sean John team over the past seven years and we look forward to further building this relationship in the future."
Jeffrey Tweedy, Executive Vice President of Sean John, said, "Our relationship with CIT has allowed us to build the Sean John business into one of the most dominant sportswear brands in America. CIT's continued support will allow us to grow our business both domestically and internationally while it simultaneously provides us with flexibility to react to opportunities in the marketplace."
OMG!, Music quotes a Simon Cowell appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno regarding Diddy being a judge on the U.S. version of his show "The X Factor," which he executive produces. Cowell shot down the idea, saying that Diddy was "too expensive" for the role.
SOHH.com asked Cee-Lo Green to he felt was the most underrated music artist. His pick? Janelle Monae.
"There's a lot of reasons why I feel like Janelle could be considered the most underrated right now," he wrote. "I think the biggest reason is because she kind of reminds me a little bit of myself. I love the fact that she embodies so much that the average mind of anyone, let alone a music consumer, would deviate from the course of an entire album."
"I've been salivating for Janelle Monae's debut album since I heard her gorgeously breathy voice on her Off the Wall-style single "Lettin' Go!" She was already my favorite new artist before she put out her brilliant Metropolis EP, but on the heels of her epic Grammy performance, I imagine I'll be hearing my favorite new artist on the radio constantly."
NBC New York reports that Birdelís Records, a Brooklyn-based music shop, has closed it's doors. According to the owner, Joe Long, a young Christopher Wallace used to sample records in the basement. Long has decided to retire after working in the store for 44 years (and owning it for 33).
The winners at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards were announced last night and Dirty Money did not pick up the win in the Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration category where they had been nominated. Instead, John Legend and The Roots were honored.
According to a press release, Janelle Monae will be among 12 honorees featured in the third annual Character Approved Awards. The special documentary will air on the USA Network at 11 PM ET on March 8.
Check out a clip below where Monae discusses how she used to tour dorm rooms around Atlanta and how people would knock on her door to buy her "The Audition" EP.
Singer Adele recently appeared on "Chelsea Lately" and she told a funny story of how she was so excited to meet Diddy that she almost hit him with a golf cart. Check out the interview clip below - the story starts at the 2:17 mark.
Tickets are now available for Diddy/Dirty Money's "The Coming Home Tour," which will begin on April 13 and conclude May 15. It features 19 dates in the U.S. and 1 in Canada. The full listing of dates is below, including a link where you can buy the tickets.
All dates are now on sale, except for the Kansas City and St. Louis stops, which go on sale on March 3 and March 4, respectively.