On Wednesday, following the release of the "Slight Work (Remix)," Mase spoke with Funkmaster Flex about that track, his plans for the future and his relationship with Diddy.
"Naw, we surprised each other," Mase said when asked if he and Diddy knew they were going to both be on the song. "But, Diddy is Diddy, man. To this day, I always tell people I don't really have no issues with him. I think a lot of times we just get put on the other side of each other just because of history. He's one of the biggest contributors that ever gave to the church. We're probably cooler than I thought."
Jadakiss has released his "Consignment" mixtape and it features two collaborations with French Montana. "Paper Tags" was produced by Jahlil Beats and also features Wale and Styles P and "Back to the Money" was produced by Black Sain with appearances by Waka Flocka Flame and Slim Dunkin.
As expected, Machine Gun Kelly has released the visual for his "Wild Boy (Remix)" featuring Steve-O, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Mystikal, French Montana and Yo Gotti. There are also cameos from Kanye West (though it is a split second and MGK isn't with him), Wale, Steve Aoki, Lil' Jon, DJ Prostyle, Wiz Khalifa and more. Watch below.
Warning: Content suitable for adult audiences only.
On today's episode of BET's "106 & Park," Cassie performed "King of Hearts," along with four dancers. She concluded the performance with a brief dance number set to the Kanye West remix of the song.
After the performance, she spoke with host Rocsi. The main newsworthy item Cassie mentioned was that she is still working on her album and is looking for more songs. She mentioned this in response to being asked when her album would come out and she did not provide a date or timeline. The second single is coming soon.
In the clip below, Machine Gun Kelly celebrates his 22nd birthday with a surprise party hosted by friends. From the outwardly protruding pool at the Hugh Hefner suite at The Palms in Las Vegas, he reflects on how far he has come.
French Montana told XXL that he and Rick Ross had collaborated with Mase on a couple of songs. According to Montana, the former Bad Boy Rapper may appear on his upcoming "Excuse My French" album or on Ross' "God Forgives, I Don't."
The New York Post has a story about Quamine Taylor, who was arrested by police after he trespassed at Diddy's home in East Hampton.
According to Taylor, it isn't the first time he's done it. He claims that it began in 2001. Even if that is true, it came to an end on April 1, after he spent the night and a caretaker called the police. Early that morning, he tripped an alarm, but was able to persuade a representative from the alarm company that he was associated with Diddy.
Forbes has released The Forbes Five, a list of the wealthiest artists in hip-hop. This is not to be confused with their annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings list. This list ranks the top 5 hip-hop artists by net worth.
Diddy comes out on top with an estimated net worth of $550 million. Even more interesting is that Zach O'Malley Greenburg mentions that Diddy will own REVOLT, his new television network, outright. He suggests that the value of the network, based on projected viewership totals, could be valued in the low-to-mid nine figures within a few years.
The rest of the list:
2. Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, $460 million
3. Andre "Dr. Dre" Young, $260 million
4. Bryan "Birdman" Williams, $125 million
5. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, $110 million
Diddy has released a trailer for "Paris Is Burning," a new short film directed by Julian Bachelet. The film will provide a behind the scenes look at Diddy's time in Paris earlier this year during the spring/summer edition of Fashion Week. The trip included a visit with former Bad Boy rapper Shyne. Watch the trailer below.
Bad Boy announced today that the official Machine Gun Kelly online merchandise shop has launched. Currently four t-shirts are available, in addition to a fan pack that includes a t-shirt, his "Half Naked & Almost Famous" EP, a 10% discount code for an upcoming album bundle and a bonus item with the album bundle.
For the week, the song sold 23,151 units, improving from the 10,807 it sold the week prior. It has now sold a total of 167,450 copies, initially propelled by its appearance in a commercial for Beats by Dr. Dre.
At WrestleMania 28, MGK performed a special rendition with Skylar Gray, introduced by Diddy, which served as the entry music for wrestler John Cena.
XXL recently hosted a live show in New York featuring all of their 2012 Freshmen cover honorees. This included French Montana, who brought out DJ Khaled. Watch below for some footage of their performance.
Not only couldn't I find a place to buy it online, but the physical release wasn't being promoted anywhere, not even on the Twitter pages of Machine Gun Kelly and Bad Boy Records.
It turns out, it was released today. Just minutes before my article went live, Machine Gun Kelly's frequent collaborator Slim Gudz posted a picture of some of the physical CDs, which he said were in stores now.
MGK fan Sharissa Ragland tweeted me shortly after I published the story to let me know that she had purchased copies from the FYE store in Chillicothe, Ohio. Since the CDs by Slim Gudz have the same pricing label, it seems that he purchased his CDs from FYE, as well.
Your best bet right now, if you are looking for a copy, is to call up your local music stores and ask if they have it. If you are looking for an FYE, check out their store locator. When and if it is available for purchase online, we'll have an update.
Update: Minutes before this post went live, MGK collaborator Slim Gudz posted a picture of some of the physical CDs, in stores today. It appears these CDs were purchased at an FYE store.
MGK fan Sharissa Ragland tweeted me shortly after I published the story to let me know that she had purchased copies at the Chillicothe, Ohio FYE store.
So, it appears that the CD was released today and, if you are trying to find one, you may want to check an FYE store near you (use their store locator). Right now, I don't know where it can be purchased online (it is not available on the FYE website), but your best bet is to call local stores and see if they are stocking it.
Original story: Back in February, Machine Gun Kelly revealed that the release date for the "Half Naked & Almost Famous" CD/DVD would be March 20.
However, no further information has come and nothing is being promoted. I can't find a way to buy it. There are no active listings for the CD on retail websites like Amazon.com and Best Buy. Amazon.com did have a listing for the physical release, but it now has a release date of December 31, 2020, which is obviously a placeholder for the data that was previously there, and you can no longer pre-order it.
I have been trying to get some answers, but have been unable to do so. Due to this, I am not sure what the status of the physical release is. If I hear anything, we'll have it here at Bad Boy Blog.
DJ Kay Slay has released "Got Damn (Remix)," featuring Torch, Busta Rhymes, French Montana, Gunplay and 2 Chainz. On Twitter, Kay Slay shared a link to Dope State of Mind, where you can download clean and dirty versions of the track.
Working Without Ryan Leslie…We haven’t worked with each other on this project. We definitely met up and tried to get together and stuff like that but the schedules just never matched up. He’s doing his artist think too so…I’m always prepared for a Ryan Leslie Collab though.
Working process Without Ryan…It’s fun both ways. With Ryan there was like a cohesive sound so there was no issue with things sounding different but I like working with different people and learning from different people and writers, producers and stuff like that; it’s really fun. My ear has grown a lot too because I really kind of had to fend for myself in a way.
Diddy makes his presence felt on three separate skits, the "Intro" with Whoo Kid, "MGK Skit" and "Laced Up Tatoo Skit." In those last two skits, he discusses the rapper's talent and whether or not he'll get a "Lace Up" tattoo, respectively. MGK's "One Time (Freestyle)" and "Wild Boy (Remix)" are included in the 23 track set.
French Montana contributes a new track, "Maybach Bad Boy" and the previous released "Killaz Theme" with Chinx Drugz. Two remixes of "Shot Caller" are also included. For the first, Whoo Kid took some previous released unofficial remixes by Young Jeezy and Tony Yayo and merged them into a single track. For the second, he merges bothofficial remixes, creating a megamix that features Diddy, Rick Ross, Jadakiss, Styles P, Red Cafe, Fat Joe and Uncle Murda.
French Montana shared a link to the video embedded below, the premiere of his new "Everything's a Go" music video. It features appearances by Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz, DJ Khaled and Drita D'Avanzo and was directed by Spiff TV. Warning: content in the video may not be suitable for all audiences.
French Montanaretweeted a link to Xclusives Zone where you can download a copy of the Harry Fraud produced, New York City themed remix to "Shot Caller." It features Jadakiss, Styles P, Red Cafe, Fat Joe and Uncle Murda on a selection of classic beats.
According to the latest numbers from Nielsen SoundScan, Machine Gun Kelly's "Wild Boy" single has sold more than 300,000 copies. With 14,139 paid downloads for the week ending Sunday, it has now sold a total of 309,813 units.
57thAve spoke with N.O.R.E. about his upcoming mixtape, "Crack on Steroids." One of the songs that will be featured on it is "Baby Girl" featuring Cassie. In the clip below, you can listen to a preview at the 3:17 mark. The mixtape will be available on LiveMixtapes.com on April 8 at 12 PM ET.
Machine Gun Kelly just released the last KellyVision for a while. The usual hijinks are accompanied by an appearance from DMX, co-signing MGK. Watch below. Warning: content not suitable for all audiences.
"Any Flo Rida song will get you excited, will make the club move," he said, in reference to The Rock's choice of music. "But, I heard Machine Gun Kelly's 'Invincible' and I wanted to fight somebody. To me, music that gives you that much motivation and energy... you can tell he's hungry and I think that's when your true love for hip-hop shows, when you're hungry enough to put your heart and soul into a track, into a record."
"I met this kid in person," he continued. "The music does him justice. He is hungry, man and he's gonna be at WrestleMania and I'm happy for him. Hopefully, he can keep the momentum going."
I started Bad Boy Blog because, as a fan of Bad Boy Records, I wanted a source of news and information that took a responsible approach to reporting. That's what Bad Boy Blog is. We're not a gossip site and we don't share illegal downloads. I take this very seriously.
Machine Gun Kelly has decided he will no longer use shoe laces, according to a source close to the rapper.
One might wonder why this is news because, of course, there are plenty of shoes without laces and MGK is free to wear whatever he wants.
What makes this a story is that "Lace Up" is Machine Gun Kelly's popular catchphrase, a constant in his music and, really, wherever you see him. The #LaceUp hashtag on Twitter is regularly used; it is even in his Twitter bio at this very moment. #LTFU, short for "Lace The F*** Up" is another frequently featured hashtag.
"Lace Up" was also the title of his breakout mixtape and he has said that his debut album on Bad Boy will have the very same title. While the phrase has a meaning beyond shoe laces, it has been visually tied to them and, admittedly, it is hard to lace up when you don't have any laces to begin with.
To address this disconnect, the source said that MGK will debut a new term later this month, a term that will serve as his new album title. He'll slowly transition from "Lace Up" to this new phrase and be fully behind it by the summer.
If you're familiar with French Montana, chances are that you've heard him say "Coke Boys" before. In his music, in interviews and elsewhere. The Montana led group features Flip, Cheeze, Chinx Drugs and Charlie Rock. In addition, on the Billboard charts, the rapper's songs are listed under Coke Boys/Mizay/Bad Boy.
The Coke Boys label is about to go a little farther as Montana has signed an endorsement deal with Coca-Cola.
As part of the agreement, he will release a Coca-Cola inspired song, aptly titled "Coke Boys," which will be featured in a television and radio campaign. Once Montana drops his "Excuse My French" album this summer, Coca-Cola will serve as the presenting sponsor for his tour when he goes on the road to support the album.
According to a source close to the negotiations, talks stalled when Coca-Cola executives grew bewildered by Montana's use of the word "Coke" and in determining whether or not he was implying a positive association with their beverage or with cocaine. A call from Diddy is said to have helped finalize the details.
Company executives, Montana and Diddy will all be on hand when the deal is officially announced later this month at a press conference in Atlanta.