Alongside Diddy in the photo is a group of actors and entertainers including Chad Michael Murray (best known for TV series "One Tree Hill"), Jesse Williams ("Grey's Anatomy"), Michael K. Williams ("The Wire," "Boardwalk Empire"), Matt Goss (singer, Caesars Palace headliner), Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad") and Chris Jones.
According to his Twitter stream, singer Matt Goss, who is a headliner at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, shot a new Ciroc commercial today with Diddy. Aaron Paul, of "Breaking Bad," was also on set, according to Diddy.
Update: Mike Williams from "Boardwalk Empire" may also be involved, according to Diddy's Twitter.
Aasim has released the video below where he performs "Death Cruiser," his take on Meek Mill's "House Party." At the end of the clip, "Live at the Tunnel," hosted by DJ SNS is teased. This may be a new mixtape.
Machine Gun Kelly appeared on Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club today, chatting about a number of topics, including white rappers, Jay Electronica's comments toward him on Twitter, sex and more. Much of the interview is not appropriate for all audiences. Watch below.
In an interview with HeyUGuys, which was published at the end of September, comedian Peter Serafinowicz mentioned that he would like to do a film centered around Brian Butterfield, a character he portrayed on the "The Peter Serafinowicz Show." In the film, Butterfield would be a detective or would host a chat show.
According to the show's Wikipedia page, Butterfield is a "grossly overweight pitchman who appears in various advertisements for shoddy products and services of his own design." This includes a karaoke bar where Butterfield closes every night with a tribute to The Notorious B.I.G. See the hilarious clip below.
During the interview on HeyUGuys, the interviewer referenced this sketch and Serafinowicz said that, if they develop a film where Butterfield is a detective, they would like him to go undercover as an impersonator of The Notorious B.I.G. at some point.
Why do you think Diddy chose you to join the Hitmen?
Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie was one of the producers in which I met first when I got my first placement. We've always stayed in contact. He's been somewhat of a mentor to me as a producer. I always had that connection, I always had that in to Bad Boy through D-Dot. And I had the opportunity to meet [Bad Boy President] Harve Pierre and Conrad Dimanche who was the head 0f A&R at the time. So I was always in the loop, always submitting for projects until finally I landed a song on Cheri Dennis' album. And also landed a song on Danity Kane's album so that kinda pretty much sealed the deal. He was always aware of the talent I possessed and everything I had to bring to the table. And the topic kinda came up in which me needing producer management. And that's exactly what Bad Boy Hitmen is, producers managed by Bad Boy and Diddy himself.
BlackBook asked Drake to name his 10 favorite remixes. Among them, The Notorious B.I.G.'s "One More Chance/Stay With Me (Remix)."
"This is what I think about when I think about remixes," he said. "It was just an amazing time for hip-hop. Bad Boy Records was a pioneer in the remix game, and this one was something that I listened to heavily."
Recently, we've been treated to a host of new perspectives, testimony and revelations, accurate or false. Here's one more: former Death Row Records singer Jewell is releasing a memoir, "My Blood, My Sweat and My Tears," in which she will talk about her time with the label.
You don’t believe Puffy was involved with the death of Tupac?
No, no I met Puffy through LaChelle Sanders who is Suge’s first cousin. We hung out with him in New York, people don’t know that in the beginning Suge and Puffy were friends and they were cool. I hung out with Puffy, I know what he is about, he has good character as a man, and shooting Tupac is just not something he would do.
One thing about Puffy is that he is a businessman, and he wouldn’t let anything ruin his business. I know it was a major loss for him to lose Biggie but he respected Pac. A lot of the beef has been puffed up but it wasn’t like that, the media played a major role in keeping that beef going – if you see it on TV it has to be true right? The kids need to know that you don’t have to die for music.
As with any of these statements that have come out, this is just one person's thoughts. And that's all.
In an interview with AllHipHop.com, Runway Star mentioned that Dawn Richard had expressed interest in working with her. Star is best known as the producer of the Cali Swag District hit, "Teach Me How to Dougie."
"I'm a child [of] God and I should be better no matter what someone says to me," he wrote. "I'm sorry for the ignorant way I repesented myself and us. To all my childen of God ... I have backslid and regressed. Forgive me for my ignorance. Pray for me please. I know better and I am better. I have a responsibility that I promise I will live up to. And I'm more disappointed in myself than you know. I will humble myself and learn."
Janelle Monae is among the performers slated for the 18th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, the concert announced today. The event on December 11 will feature Sugarland, David Gray, Jill Scott, Matthew Morrison, Ellie Goulding, Bernhoft and World Youth Choir.
Earlier this month, LA Weekly published details of a new book written by former Los Angeles Police Department detective Greg Kading.
In the book, "Murder Rap," Kadling publishes testimony from Duane Keith "Keffe D" Davis, a member of the Southside Crips gang. Davis claims that Sean "Diddy" Combs offered him $1 million dollars to kill Tupac Shakur.
Davis says that he was in the white Cadillac that pulled alongside a car driven by Knight, with Shakur seated on the passenger side. According to Davis' account, his nephew, Orlando Anderson, now deceased, fatally shot Shakur from the back seat of the Cadillac. Anderson's involvement has been subject of rumor for years.
LA Weekly published "highlights" from Davis' quoted remarks and, among them, he says that he was never paid by Combs and that he believed Combs had paid another member of the Crips, who had introduced him to Davis, half of the money. The speculation being that he wasn't paid because the hit was allegedly for both Shakur and Knight.
The song, which features a sample of Kavinsky's "Nightcall," will be featured on Aasim's upcoming mixtape, "F*** the Industry." The version in the clip is a little different than the one that Aasim released last week. It features some extra vocals from the original Kavinsky record at the start. Watch below.
"The Illest," a song by Shady Records collective Slaughterhouse, features a sample of The Notorious B.I.G. for the chorus. It comes from Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard's "Think B.I.G." You can listen at AllHipHop.com.
Following it's premiere on today's "106 & Park" on BET, Red Cafe's "Fly Together" music video is now online. The song features Rick Ross and Ryan Leslie and the visual was directed by Colin Tilley. Watch below.
Machine Gun Kelly has released his free album, "Rage Pack," featuring collaborations with Waka Flocka Flame, Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, Mike Posner, Aaron Lafette and Livvi Franc. You can download it at DatPiff and listen and view the track listing and album cover below.
The official track listing for Machine Gun Kelly's "Rage Pack," the free album that will be released tomorrow, has been revealed. The 12 track set features collaborations with Waka Flocka Flame, Livvi Franc, Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte and Mike Posner. Here is the full track listing:
2. Wild Boy featuring Waka Flocka Flame
3. Half Naked and Almost Famous
4. Chasing Pavements
5. The Pledge
6. Warning Shot featuring Livvi Franc
7. LTFU (One More Time)
8. The Morning After Voicemail...
9. Welcome to the Rage featuring The Madden Brothers
10. Fantasy (Digiraatii Mix)
11. On Fire (Drug Dealer Girl Part II) featuring Mike Posner
12. Thought I Was Gone, Hello
Machine Gun Kelly has released "STFU" for free download, care of his Twitter profile. The song, which features a prominent sample of The Go-Go's "We Got the Beat," will be included in "Rage Pack," MGK's free album that will be released tomorrow.
In the clip below, released on his YouTube channel earlier today, Machine Gun Kelly previews "Welcome to the Rage" featuring Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte. The song will be featured on "Rage Pack," which will be released for free on August 14.
According to a press release issued by the organization, Diddy has made a "remarkable," undisclosed contribution to the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem, that will "significantly impact the organization's operations budget, which has been under tremendous pressure due to enormous shifts in federal, state and private funding."
"Mr. Combs' contribution comes at a time when we were faced with the possibility of eliminating existing programs and/or club sites," Willie C. Bentley, Jr., Board Member and Resource Development Chair, said in the release. "100% of Mr. Combs' contribution will go directly to the young people and provide educational, recreational and social enrichment programs allowing us to move forward as a club, uninterrupted."
We are just two days away from the release of Machine Gun Kelly's "Rage Pack." Originally slated to be a CD/DVD package with the "Half Naked and Almost Famous" DVD, MGK announced at the end of August that it would be released separately after the "Rage Pack" was out.
The 2011 edition of the BET Hip-Hop Awards aired last night and, for the fifth straight year, the program featured a set of cyphers. Machine Gun Kelly was featured in the "Indie Meets Mainstream" cypher, alongside Big K.R.I.T., Tech N9ne, Kendrick Lamar and B.o.B.
They rap over the sample of James Brown's "The Payback" which was used for Total's "Can't You See." Watch below.
BET also released a number of online only clips with brief interview snippets from the participants. The ones that feature Machine Gun Kelly are included below.
For Spotify members, we have just released a couple of Bad Boy and Diddy focused playlists.
Our "Diddy's Greatest Hits" playlist features all of Diddy's solo songs that charted on The Billboard Hot 100 chart, plus "It's All About the Benjamins (Remix)." Only one song is missing, "Come With Me," because Spotify does not yet have it.
The second playlist is "The Remixes," a loose list of remixes that were either produced by Diddy and/or a member of The Hitmen (when they were with The Hitmen), remixes that have vocals from Diddy or remixes that feature a current or former Bad Boy artist when they were with Bad Boy.
If we're missing any songs that could fit into that second list, and the song is available on Spotify, please let us know in the comments.
To celebrate the grand opening of the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel, the hotel chain brought Janelle Monae in to perform. In the clip below, you can see parts of "Tightrope," as well as some interview snippets where the singer discusses her pre-show routine and the city of Atlanta.
On Twitter, Machine Gun Kelly revealed that, tomorrow, he will release "On Fire (Drug Dealer Girl Part II)" featuring Mike Posner. The song, which will be featuring on his upcoming CD/DVD release "RagePack", is a sequel to "Drug Dealer Girl," a record released by Posner.
In an interview for Life + Times, dream hampton asked Andre Harrell why he allowed Biggie to go with Diddy, when the latter was founding Bad Boy Records after having been dismissed by Harrell's Uptown Records.
Puff and I agreed on everything that Uptown released, we had the same taste in music. The only thing we disagreed on was Heavy D‘s “Blue Funk.” Rap had gotten darker with [Dr. Dre's] The Chronic and [Heavy D.], who was a party rapper wanted Puff take him darker. I was like “I don’t get this,” I just didn’t understand why you’d take an artist with wide appeal like Hev and make a record his audience wasn’t about. It ended up being Hev’s lowest selling album. It went gold. Before that he was a platinum artist. With Big it was the record where he stole the baby mama chain ["Gimme Da Loot"]. I asked Big, “Do you realize what kind of karma this is gonna bring you and Puff?” I couldn’t relate to the worker on the train robbing women, I asked Puff “Why isn’t Big the hustler giving out work? Why is he playing the guy on the front line?” When you play that guy then people want to test you to see if they can touch the armor, to see if you’re real.
Various outlets are reporting on an incident that occurred last night after the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta, involving Diddy and T.I.
I'm not going to link to any of these outlets because I think there is an overwhelming tinge of bias to pretty much all of it, against Diddy, and most of them are reporting things that aren't apparent in the videos that are being used to substantiate the claims. This isn't to suggest that Diddy didn't do anything wrong - but some of the articles I am reading are just wild speculation or creative liberty, as opposed to sticking to what is actually in the clips.
It's odd when a fan run publication has to be the one, or one of the few, to take a generally balanced look at what is placed in front of us. But, it's also not the first time we've done it. Here are those clips:
Let's assume that this was a genuine confrontation and not something that was staged. I am not going to speculate on anything. Instead, I am just going to tell you what I see, as I watch these clips.