When I visited ESPN.com this morning, Diddy's face looked back at me. He's featured in a new Nike ad with NFL player Calvin Johnson, titled "Calvin & Johnson." In the clip, Diddy emerges as Johnson, the alter-ego of Calvin Johnson who can take care of the off the field, fame related aspects of his career so that the other half, known only as Calvin, can focus on football. Check out a screenshot of the ESPN spread below.
Drake hosted OVO Fest last night in Toronto and he brought out guest after guest, including Diddy, who performed a medley of hits. One of the more memorable moments of the night came as he reuinited with Mase to perform the former's hit "Feel So Good" alongside "Mo Money Mo Problems." RealTalkNY shot the footage above. Below, check out some lower quality footage of Diddy's performance as well as some post show reflection from Diddy and Drake.
Forbes has ranked him as hip-hop's wealthiest artist for two consecutive years, but the second and third entries on the wealthiest artist list are both on The Celebrity 100 - Jay-Z and Dr. Dre - while Diddy is not.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, better known as ASCAP, held their 26th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday. Among the honorees was Usher, who was presented with the Golden Note Award, which was presented to him by Diddy, who mentored a young Usher and executive produced the singer's first album.
Vibe has an interview with Diddy and they discuss the type of programming you can expect from Revolt TV, what Kanye West's new album means to him and the pride and respect that he and Jay-Z have for each other.
Now you are doing things that create for others, but what motivates you and guys like Jay-Z?
Right now Iím at an all time high of just being a visionary and figuring (it) out. The money thing, Iím just being honest, that doesnít motivate me. Iím passed that. Doing things that are going to change the world and make life better for our kids and change the way weíre perceived. Iím out here in Cannes speaking in front of 2,000 people, getting a standing ovation just speaking about who we are and being unapologetic about it, itís just changing the game. Next year this festival will have more people that look like us and they will understand their power.
While I was out here I called Jay and me and him been talking back and forth about the network and about his deal and how proud we were of each other. Weíre actually changing together the business model of the music industry. As far as our power, you can see the power that we have, not me and Jay-Z, the power that we have as a culture that Samsung now is going to give Apple a run for its money. People actually believe and we believe in our leaders in hip-hop. What they say is cool and what they say is next and we recognized that what Samsung is doing is moving forward. We were like ďHey man, we may need to give this Galaxy joint a chanceĒ and thatís a lot of power, man.