From The Cave To The Rave: A Conversation With D∆WN
Dawn Richard is used to being a couple of steps ahead. Signed and releasing music since 2004, the New Orleans singer has seen every side of the industry in her decade-plus career, from the pinnacle of major label excess to the humbling and freeing independent grind. As unpredictable as it's been, she's managed to push her sound forward with every release.
Puff Daddy Announces Second Bad Boy Reunion Show In Brooklyn
At the end of last month, Diddy announced that he will be honoring the legacy of Biggie Smalls with a Bad Boy reunion concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on May 20. Tickets went on sale a few days later and reportedly sold out in seven minutes.
Diddy Passed On Signing DMX Because His Voice Was "Too Rough"
During an appearance on the Drink Champs podcast, DMX told hosts N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN about a meeting he had with Diddy at a Yonkers studio in 1997 or 1998 in which Diddy told DMX he was going to sign him to Bad Boy. "One thing I respect about Puff is he told me too my face what he thought," DMX recalled. "He said, you're voice is too rough, you're not marketable.' So in my mind, what he's saying is, 'work on this.'"
Behind The Beat: Harry Fraud
Harry Fraud has stayed in the same part of Brooklyn his entire life. “I ran around Gowanus when it was word of mouth the mob was dumpin’ bodies here,” he says with a hint of sarcasm. Fraud’s studio is situated in a relatively industrial patch of a neighborhood that has seen a real estate boom in recent years.
Notorious B.I.G.'s Daughter Calls Out Diddy For Tribute Show Ticket Snub
The Notorious B.I.G. Tribute Show, scheduled for May 20 at the Barclays' Center, sold out seven minutes after tickets went on sale. But one member of Notorious B.I.G.'s inner circle did not receive a ticket: Biggie's daughter, T'yanna Wallace. "This Bad Boy concert is for my dad's bday but I got NOT ONE TICKET," Wallace wrote on Twitter. "just wanna point that out."
Christian Combs Signs To Bad Boy Records
Christian Combs celebrated his 18th birthday yesterday by signing a record deal with his father's label, Bad Boy Records. Diddy made the announcement yesterday by uploading an Instagram video of Christian signing his name on the contract. In between Sean Combs and Christian Combs sits L.A. Reid, the CEO of Epic Records, the company that handles distribution duties for Bad Boy.
Puff Daddy Leads An All-Star Lineup For Notorious B.I.G. Tribute Show
Perhaps it has to do with the name change, but Puff Daddy has been teasing a reunion tour on radio shows recently. Now that tour is coming to fruition and will kick off with an incredible lineup of artists at a show in Brooklyn on May 20 – one day before Christopher Wallace would have turned 44.
Puff Daddy Is Founding A Charter School In Harlem
Today, Puff Daddy announced that he would be founding a charter school in his home neighborhood in Harlem. While the Bad Boy Records executive is mostly used to making major business deals, he’s branching out into the education space and giving back to his community. The school will be called Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School and will open this fall.
Diddy Shares Rare Biggie Footage On 19th Anniversary Of His Death
Yesterday (Mar. 9), rap fans everywhere put their differences aside and came together to pay tribute to a undisputed legend, Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G., on the 19th anniversary of his untimely death. The game's elite paid their respects all over social media, including one of Biggie's mentors and closest collaborators, Puff Daddy, who shared some rare footage of the late Brooklyn rapper to his Instagram.
Diddy Gives Justin Bieber A Rare Bad Boy Jacket For His 22nd Birthday
It's hard to believe, but Justin Bieber will turn the tender age of 22 on Tuesday (Mar. 1). Last night, he kicked off the festivities a few nights early with a massive, star-studded party in L.A. Among the party's celebrity guests was Puff Daddy, who gifted Bieber with a rare Bad Boy bomber jacket.
Review: French Montana's "Wave Gods"
More so than any rapping ability, swagginess, or A&R masterminding, the ability to collaborate with a wide range of artists and dabble in various sounds without once straying from his distinct vocal style has been French Montana's greatest strength. He manages to bring others into his orbit without ever making the resulting music sound like a reach, whether it's Raekwon or Gucci Mane with the assist.
Diddy & LL Cool J Uncover Their Ancestry On "Finding Your Roots"
Diddy and LL Cool J appear on the new episode of "Finding Your Roots," a PBS documentary by the scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., to learn more about their ancestry. Diddy's fourth great-grandparents, who lived in Maryland, were free, unlike the majority of blacks in the early 19th century. “It makes me feel kind of conflicted that my family was free and there was so many other families that weren’t…I can’t imagine what it must have felt like for him being locked up and to be innocent,” he said.
50 Cent Responds To Diddy's Alleged Involvement In Tupac's Murder
Meek Mill can rest easy, for now, as 50 Cent is back to toying with his favorite foe: Sean "Puffy" Combs.
Documentary Claims Diddy Hired Tupac Shakur's Killer
Tupac Shakur was only 25 years old when he passed in 1996. People have been searching for answers (and culprits) ever since, but the LAPD’s numerous investigations haven’t been able to identify the killer. Numerous conspiracy theories have floated around, going as far as to suggest that Tupac feigned his death and is sipping tropical drinks on an island somewhere.
Diddy & Mark Wahlberg Have Donated 1 Million AQUAHydrate Bottles To Flint, Michigan
If you weren't aware by now, Diddy and Mark Wahlberg are in the water business. The two have been repping AQUAHydrate bottled water over the last couple of years, and today, they've been generous enough use their position to help those in need -- donating 1 million bottles to the Flint Water Crisis.Puff and Mark join Meek Mill, 50 Cent, and Big Sean in artists who have publicly aided residents of the Michigan town, while Eminem and Wiz Khalifa have also contributed to the AQUAHydrate donation that the business partners have brought forth.
10 Other Rappers Who've Visited The White House
Yesterday, we learned that Kendrick Lamar fulfilled a wish he's had ever since the "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" remix ("In the White House with a mink/Running through that bitch like it's my house," although he didn't seem to be wearing any fur at the time), paying a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave as a guest of one of his biggest fans, President Obama. He and his crew were given a tour, hitting a rap squat along the way, and making for a pretty historic moment.
Stream Harry Fraud's "Rogues Playlist Vol. 1" Feat. Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Puff Daddy & More
Whether you realized it or not, Harry Fraud had another big year, and now that we're into 2016, he's giving you one last reminder of what he accomplished over the last 12 months. Rogues Playlist Vol. 1 collects the beatmakers production credits from throughout 2015, organizing them into one tidy SoundCloud playlist. Among the many notable names on the tracklist are Puff Daddy, French Montana, Curren$y, Joey Bada$$, Wiz Khalifa, Domo Genesis, Smoke DZA, Wale, and RiFF RAFF.
Hottest Mixtapes Of 2015
This year, it became increasingly difficult to discern the difference between mixtapes and albums. When the year's bestselling rap release (Drake's If You're Reading This, It's Too Late) was announced as a "mixtape" but was immediately sold on iTunes, the waters become a little murky for everyone.
French Montana Is Donating His $1 Million Check From Puffy To Charity
Remy Boy Monty was given an epic Christmas gift by Fetty Wap, in the form of a $140k BMW, but the rapper who received the most valuable present was French Montana, who was given, not a car or a chain, but a check for $1 million by his boss at Bad Boy Records, Sean "Puffy" Combs.
Diddy Gave French Montana $1 Million For Christmas
For those of you lucky to score a Christmas bonus, odds are your Christmas bonus was not as lucrative as French Montana's Christmas bonus. French scored a Christmas check for $1 million from Diddy, his boss at Bad Boy Records. "Shout out to @iamdiddy for that million dollar gift bonus 🙏 🙌" French wrote on Instagram.