Joe Budden Praises Drake's "4PM In Calabasas," Says Diddy Needs To Respond
There was a flood of new music on tonight's episode of OVO Sound Radio. It was thought that Drake would pay tribute to Gucci Mane in his DJ mix, and he took it a step further and surprised listeners with a brand new collab with the unshackled Brick Squad boss himself: "Back on Road." A bit later, Drake's current No. 1, "One Dance," received a fittingly poppy remix from another Canuck in Justin Bieber. And lastly, Drake signed off by adding another installment to his storied time-sensitive city songs, this one called "4PM in Calabasas."
Artists Pay Tribute To Muhammad Ali Following His Death
News of Muhammad Ali's death at the age of 74 broke Friday night, inspiring mourning of the beloved athlete on social media, but also, celebration of his philosophy and accomplishments. Through the night, we've seen an outpouring of tributes from all types of people the three-time world heavyweight champion has inspired, including many artists working in hip-hop.
DMX, Desiigner, Shyne Make Appearances At Puff Daddy's 2nd Bad Boy Reunion Concert
Puff Daddy's highly anticipated Bad Boy reunion tour kicked off Friday night at the Barclay's Center, hosting not only performances from the many billed guests like Mase, The Lox, and Faith Evans, but also some surprise appearances from the likes of Jay Z, Nas, and more. Saturday night was the encore performance, and naturally, there were no shortage of special guests on day 2.
Jay Z, Nas, Rick Ross & More Showed Up To Puff Daddy's 1st Bad Boy Reunion Show
Since it was announced back in March, Diddy's Bad Boy Reunion concert has gone from one Barclays Center performance to an entire tour, and the first of the many shows kicked off Friday night. With a lineup that included Lil Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, The Lox, French Montana, and may more, it was sure to be a spectacle, but naturally, Puff managed to pull out quite a few surprises as well.
Chinx's Mother Says French Montana Needs To Give Her Answers About Son's Murder
This past Tuesday (May 17) marked the one-year anniversary of death of Lionel Pickens, better known as Queens rapper Chinx, who was signed to French Montana's Coke Boy Records. Many used the occasion to celebrate his legacy, but Chinx's mother, Veronica Clinton, is still demanding answers as to what happened to her son and why no one has been held accountable. She also feels "disrespected" by two of Chinx's most prominent associates in the hip-hop world, Diddy and French Montana.
Puff Daddy Announces "Bad Boy Family Reunion" Tour
Puff Daddy is hosting a two-day Bad Boy reunion show this upcoming weekend in Brooklyn in celebration of Notorious B.I.G.'s birthday. That's just the beginning; Puff has now announced a complete Bad Boy reunion tour, featuring Lil' Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, 112, Total, Carl Thomas, the Lox, and French Montana
Diddy Will Retire From Music After "No Way Out 2"
Diddy is currently working on the sequel to his 1997 debut album. After that, it will be the end of a historic career, as the Bad Boy CEO has confirmed that No Way Out 2 will be his final project, after the release of which he plans to retire from making music.
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.