Diddy's son, Justin Combs, has made the decision to attend UCLA, accepting a full scholarship to play football at the Division I school. He will major in Business Finance.
According to the press release, he received offers from Wyoming, Virginia, Illinois and more.
"Today I am truly blessed and thankful to accept my scholarship and give my full commitment to UCLA," the younger Combs said. "Playing Division I football was a life long dream of mine and through hard work I was able to achieve it. I am a living testament that with a strong relationship with God, family, and hard work dreams do come true."
"As a parent, today is one of the proudest moments of my life," Diddy added. "This is everything a father could want for his son, for him to excel at what he loves to do and is truly passionate about. Justin is a shining example of what hard work, determination and a strong mentality can achieve. I am honored to call him my son and am happy that he is fulfilling his dream."
Mary J. Blige released the sequel to 1994's "My Life," which is considered by many to be a classic R&B album. That release featured heavy production from Diddy, who teamed mostly with Carl "Chucky" Thompson to provide nearly all of the album.
Unfortunately, the sequel does not contain any production from Diddy, though some versions of the album include Someone to Love Me (Naked)", which features the Bad Boy CEO, as a bonus track.
But, Diddy's voice is heard on the album thanks to the intro, a telephone conversation - just like the opener to the original "My Life."
Diddy says that if she wants to follow up a classic, she must "come with it." Blige then explains that the album represents an evolution and isn't a competitor to her second album.
At that time, Montana said that the song would also feature T.I. and would not be released for a couple of months. Well, plans change. The remix, featuring Diddy and Rick Ross, has just premiered on Funkmaster Flex's HOT 97 show, according to Diddy. It's only a matter of time before we get to hear the record officially online. Stay tuned.
"I had an idea that I wanted to manage Heavy D. The only problem was I didn't know him," Sean "Diddy" Combs said. "I just knew we were from the same town. So I made a plan to bump into him. So I would stand on his block hoping he would stop and roll down his window. He would pull up and talk to me and I would be his manager. That didn't work well, because he kept driving by. But then I found out about a pizza shop he liked. So I would hang out there. My plan worker. I met him at the pizza shop. He was the type of guy to hear you out. I asked him if he would help me meet Andre Harrell so I could get an internship at Uptown. He got me the chance to work with Andre and the rest is history. A lot of our dreams came true, thank god.
"He became my friend. He became my brother. And I'm not talking about friend-brother like we cavalierly use the word, I'm talking about a real friend, a real brother," Diddy said. "Somebody I shared my dreams and my secrets with, somebody that's been for me at my lowest point, my darkest hour when nobody wanted to be beside me."
But he also told jokes as he recounted his "bromance" with the rapper, including a recent visit to Miami that was supposed to last for three days, but "turned into three weeks." He added that Heavy D got to know his chef "very well."
In various iterations of Mary J. Blige's new album, "My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1)," "Someone to Love Me (Naked)" featuring Diddy and Lil' Wayne will be included. The iTunes deluxe version is one them, as is the deluxe edition CD.
Cassie will be featured in the upcoming December issue of InStyle magazine, modeling swim and scubawear and participating in a brief interview, discussing the looks and even naming the 5 songs that changed her life.
They are, in no particular order, "Prototype" by Andre 3000, "Living for the City" by Stevie Wonder, "Things Are Getting Better" by N.E.R.D., "Darling Nikki" by Prince and "It's Whatever" by Aaliyah.
Yesterday saw the release of Machine Gun Kelly's "Wild Boy" music video. Except that, according to the rapper, it was the wrong version and it wasn't meant to go up. Though that version remains online, the official visual has now been released.
The song features Waka Flocka Flame and the music video was directed by Spiff TV, featuring cameos by comedian Katt Williams and Layzie Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. There are a few readily apparent differences between the two versions of the video. The clip where a girl introduces MGK to her parents now starts the video, rather than appearing before Waka Flocka Flame's verse.
Now, before Waka Flocka Flame's verse is a new, short cutaway to MGK and Waka talking. Finally, the stylized "Lace Up" logo is included at the start and end, in addition to record label logos and mentions of where you can find the rapper on the web. Watch below.
Today saw the release of the video on the rapper's VEVO channel. You can watch it below. The song features Waka Flocka Flame while the visual features a heavy cameo from comedian Katt Williams.
There was at least one person who was not happy that the clip was released: Machine Gun Kelly. In a series of tweets, 3 of which have since been deleted, he said that the "wrong version" was released and blamed "idiots in management."
He had some other choice words, as well. Here is what he said, in full:
Veteran music producer Dame Grease told XXL that Machine Gun Kelly did more than just meet his idol, DMX, recently - he recorded a collaboration with him that will likely appear on the Cleveland rapper's debut album, produced by Grease.
"It's dark... it has a choir, real dark, the beat is banging," Grease told XXL. "It sounds like [DMX's] 2012 'N***** Done Started Something.' He went in. I don't know what it was. I think he got a good vibe from Kelly and wanted to give him something real classic."
An exclusive song from Machine Gun Kelly is featured in the new commercial for the HTC Rezound phone, pitched as the "first phone with Beats Audio built in," following HTC's purchase of a majority stake in Beats by Dr. Dre.
The project itself is called "11:11." It's unclear if that is the album title, the name that the pair have given themselves collectively (which seems to be how it is being referred to) or both.
According to Gerber, the project will include vocals from Diddy, Dirty Money and "Biggie's old tracks that [Diddy] gave" Gerber. The album is "about a date when a mystical gate is open and two worlds collide. It's the beginning of the carnival. It's the beginning of the end or the start of another dimension."
The first single was being mastered in September and is titled "Tourist Trap." It will have remixes from Jamie Jones, Visionquest, Soul Clap, Renaissance Man and David K. In the interview with The Independent in early September, Gerber said that it was to be released within the next two months, a time frame that has now come and gone.
According to a report by TMZ, the last time that late rapper Heavy D stepped into a recording studio was in July. The studio? Bad Boy's Daddy's House recording studio where he was finishing up his latest album, "Love Opus." TMZ has photos.
In September, we learned that Machine Gun Kelly would be featured on the upcoming mixtape coming from Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte. Now, the day has come.
Complex has the release of "Before Volume One" by The Madden Brothers. It features "OHMYGOD (OMGMGK)," their collaboration with Machine Gun Kelly. You can listen to and download the individual track below.
Born Dwight Arrington Myers, he found success in the late 1980s as the leader of the group Heavy D and the Boyz, which included Eddie F (Edward Ferrel), G-Whiz (Glen Parrish) and Trouble T-Roy (Troy Dixon). His biggest hits included "Now That We Found Love," "Big Daddy," "Got Me Waiting" and more. He is survived by a daughter. For more, read the obituary published by the Los Angeles Times.
Heavy D and Diddy were very close. As the well told story goes, Heavy D befriended a young Sean Combs and brought him to Uptown Records CEO Andre Harrell, which resulted in an internship with the company. Diddy quickly rose through the ranks and left Uptown after being fired by Harrell.
Heavy D joined Bad Boy for a brief period of time during the label's days under Universal, recording under the name Hev-D. He released at least two songs while with the label, featuring ad-libs from Diddy, including "Big Booty Girls" (vinyl) and "It's Your Birthday" (which may not have been released officially). No album would be released under the label.
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released last Thursday. Machine Gun Kelly makes his first ever Billboard chart debut while Red Cafe's "Fly Together" moves to new highs.
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
55. "Fly Together" by Red Cafe (a new high, up from 56).
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay
55. "Fly Together" by Red Cafe (a new high, up from 56).
The screen capture below (including some faded black edges which likely won't be included in the actual cover). The mixtape does not have an official release date at this point, after it missed the initial Halloween release date that was provided.
Red Cafe has released a video of tour footage set to "Let it Go (Dope Boy)" featuring Diddy. The clips come from Red Cafe's own solo performances, in addition to Dirty Money's "Coming Home Tour." Watch below.
According to Ciroc's Facebook page, the company is offering military members as "special edition Ciroc Americano check" with the purchase of one 1.75L or two 750mL bottles of Ciroc. The check can be cashed, though it is unclear what the denomination will be.
A 2,000 square foot area, in a prime location, was just unveiled at Macy's Herald Square in New York, New York. Last month, a similarly themed, though smaller, space in Macy's Union Square flagship store in San Francisco. Macy's plans to have 10 more of these newly enhanced in-store shops launched in 2012.
Furthermore, Sean John has announced a licensing deal with SJ Retail LLC, which was founded and will be run by Bob Hyde, who previously was in charge of retail operations at Crocs. Under the terms of the 20 year contract, SJ Retail will acquire the leases of the eight Sean John outlet stores, including the existing inventory, and will be required to open 3 stores a year for each of the next 10 years.
At least some of these new stores are expected to be full price retail stores, as opposed to outlet stores. At this time, Sean John only has one full priced retail store - a location in Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport, which will not be run by SJ Retail.