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What may come as a shock to many…legendary hip hop label, Bad Boy Records, is rumored to have closed its doors for good.
After learning that several Bad Boy employees were laid off, a huge staple of the 90′s hip hop era is now a distant memory. For the youngin’s that associates Sean “P. Diddy” Combs with Ciroc vodka, Sean John, and now REVOLT, go sift through the archives and learn about the mogul’s impact on music. He was the founder of one of the most legendary labels in hip hop. When you think of Christopher Wallace aka Notorious B.I.G., there’s Diddy. When you think of Lil Kim and Junior Mafia, there’s Diddy. When you think of Total, Craig Mack, Faith Evans, M.A.$.E, 112, The Lox, Black Rob, G. Dep, Shyne, Loon and Carl Thomas, there was Diddy. In the 90′s, Bad Boy Records had the music game in a choke hold. The label kept East Coast artists on top of the charts, making it extremely difficult for other regions to accumulate the same level of attention and success.
Near the end of the 90′s era into the 2000′s, Bad Boy Records experienced a major shift. The industry was evenly consumed with artists from all parts of the country. The deep South was taking over the throne. West Coast artists held on to their position. Midwest music maintained a decent buzz. A combination of these regional movements made it difficult for Bad Boy to keep the flame lit. In the meantime, Diddy was making other business moves (i.e. Justin’s restaurant, Sean John, etc) that can be attributed to his alleged lack of attention to the music. Plus, constant rumors of artists entering bad contracts eventually cast a dark cloud over the label. He tried to savage the legacy when he turned to reality television with “Making The Band”. From the show, Bad Boy signed on fresh young talent like groups Day 26 and Danity Kane.
However, those groups produced one or two albums under Bad Boy and then dismantled. Others were signed like Cheri Dennis, Elephant Man, Donnie Klang, and B5. Diddy even introduced Bad Boy South, which produced Boyz-N-Da Hood, Yung Joc, Gorilla Zoe, and even a short stint by Memphis, Tennessee legends 8Ball & MJG.
In most recent years, Bad Boy managed projects for artists like Cassie, Machine Gun Kelly, French Montana, and Janelle Monae. He appeared again as an artist on the successful, Dirty Money project, which included Dawn and Kaleena. Diddy continued his entrepreneurial journey with Ciroc vodka and now a live-stream cable network, REVOLT.
Over close to two decades, Diddy’s interest in music slowly fell to the back. As a CEO with less time to spare, he may have expected his team at Bad Boy to remain hungry and work hard to maintain the legacy. But, was it too late? As a brand, was Bad Boy’s alleged “bad business” reputation too much to overcome? Being the intelligent businessman that he is, consolidating selected Bad Boy employees with the REVOLT team was probably the best move. REVOLT represents a new era in Diddy’s life. By putting all his efforts into this network, there’s a greater opportunity to showcase artists and their music.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? WAS CLOSING BAD BOY RECORDS THE BEST THING TO DO?
According to XXL, a Bad Boy rep disputed the rumors that hit the internet yesterday (Jan. 30). The rep told the magazine, “Bad Boy shutting down is nothing more than rumors,” and “isn’t true.” Well, I guess that puts that rumor to rest. But, the question remains…is the label worth savaging? Yes, there is a lot of history there. But, can the brand hold up on its own and return to its old glory? It’s going to be interesting to see how P.Diddy revamp Bad Boy Records.
“With Ciroc, we dated. Now with DeLeon, we’re married,” stated Combs in a recent interview.
Yes, that’s right. Sean “Diddy” Combs is back at it again. His success with Diageo’s first premium vodka, Ciroc, proved that the man can market just about anything and make a huge profit. The announcement of his new partnership with Diageo puts him in a “true owner” position with the brand. With Ciroc, he only secured a joint marketing and profit-sharing agreement. But, his expertise and ingenuity with branding helped increase Ciroc’s annual sales volumes to favorable levels.
Jose Cuervo was once distributed by Diageo, but contract expired. Diddy and Diageo is hoping to make DeLeon tequila a national and worldwide brand with this partnership.
New Music: DJ Khaled – “I Feel Like Pac/I Feel Like Biggie” feat. Diddy, Meek Mill, Swizz Beatz, T.I., & Rick Ross
DJ Khaled always seem to know the key to capturing ones attention. Like the stunt he pulled on MTV when he asked Nicki Minaj to marry him, Khaled is causing a stir again on social media sites. This time, however, involve the use of two of hip hop’s greatest emcees.
The new track “I Feel Like Pac / I Feel Like Biggie” pays homage to the two deceased rappers. Diddy, T.I., Meek Mill, Rick Ross, and Swizz Beatz lend bars to the Beat Bully-produced track. Although, Meek and T.I. carried the song, many can’t get over the fact that DJ Khaled even had the audacity to use Tupac and Notorious BIG’s name in its main hook. Many people feel as though this was somewhat a slap in the face. For instance, Ma$e took to his Twitter and Instagram to air out his frustration.
“Ni–as sold u out BIG. I hate the way your legacy has been watered down. I don’t have to be from Bk. Let him rest. #respect”
Does Ma$e and other critics have a point? Or is everyone blowing this whole situation out of proportion?
Whichever the case, DJ Khaled is getting a great buzz out of it, which is especially beneficial considering he’s dropping Suffering From Success soon.
When he said he wanted to become the first hip hop mogul to become a billionaire, he wasn’t lying. Forbes recently released its list of Richest Hip Hop Artists of 2013 and guess who landed at number one.
Again, trampling over all other artists in hip hop, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs reclaimed his number one spot by racking in $50 million this year. For years now, he has dominated the hip hop industry with various business ventures which has all proven to be very profitable. But outside of music, his Sean Jean clothing line, and his newly created Revolt channel, the alcoholic beverage industry is what has catapulted him into King of All Bosses status.
The Daigeo Ciroc Vodka has become a staple within the hip hop nightlife scene. With the help of DJ’s, celebrity endorsers, and Diddy’s own marketing expertise, the New York Bad Boy has branded the product so strategically that you can’t help but recognize it and ask for Ciroc when you want to get your drink on. Also, its wide variety of flavors has proven to be a hit amongst drinkers.
Our boy, Jay-Z ranked number two with $43 million. But that’s no sweat off Hov’s back. Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce’s combined household income of $95 million confirmed their spot as the #1 Highest-Earning Celebrity Couple of 2013.
Surprisingly, one hip hop artist (who happens to be a woman) help round out the top five. Congrats to Nicki Minaj for a job well done and for also beating out her own boss Bryan “Birdman” Williams!
1. P. Diddy = $50 million
2. Jay-Z – $43 million
3. Dr. Dre = $40 million
4. Nicki Minaj = $29 million
5. Birdman = $21 million
Former Bad Boy artist and pastor, Ma$e, surprised fans last week during Drake’s OVO Fest in Toronto. The annual concert series brought out many of Drake’s celebrity friends to rock the crowd by performing various songs. In one of Drake’s sets, Ma$e appeared alongside his former boss Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. The crowd went bananas and the performance somewhat eluded to the fact that Ma$e could very well be returning to the rap game. He also told Sway on MTV’s RapFix about the fact that if he returns to the game there’s only two people he would work with…Kanye West and Drake.
In an interview with MTV, Drake also hinted that the two of them has been talking about possibly working on a project.
“Funny enough, me and Ma$e have just been talking about what the future holds, about what he wants to do and anything is possible man. I told Ma$e, ‘You’re Ma$e, at the end of the day so I don’t think you should end up on anybody else’s label.”
Drake also stated that…
“I would love to be involved. I know Kanye took an interest in Ma$e as well, because Ma$e is like the original fly guy that made it all look extremely fun, dancing [and everything You saw it at [OVO Fest], those guys can’t get on stage and be stiff and overly serious…it’s a party. There’s a lot of rappers who get out there and take themselves super serious and it’s not fun like that. They don’t laugh. Those guys got out there and proved why there are who they are. Two kings doing what they were born to do.
I’d love to work with Ma$e to be honest. I told him, ‘man I hope tonight’s not our last conversation.’ It’s been cool, we kicked it and just went out and and got something to eat.”
Check out Drake’s interview below:
After announcing last year that he would be introducing a new music-themed network to the world of cable, P. Diddy is getting closer and closer to making it actually happen.
Diddy recently announced that his cable network, “Revolt TV”, which he co-founded with former MTV programming chief, Andy Schuon, will make it grand entrance on airwaves in July.
“Revolt TV” will be distributed through Comcast and according to Diddy, the network will be “the first channel created entirely from the ground up in this new era of social media. We’re building this platform for artists to reach an extraordinary number of people in a completely different way. Revolt will be live, like all great moments in television history.”
While “Revolt TV” will make its debut with Comcast, Diddy hopes to expand to other major distributors and cable providers. “I would also like to encourage and to invite Time Warner, DirecTV, Cable Vision and all the other distributors to come and get down with the get down. Because Revolt TV is bringing that revolution that television needs,” Diddy said in a statement.
Check out the network’s promo below.
French Montana has been pumping out hits for a minute now. All the hard work and constant rotation on the radio has prepared him for his official debut album release. Due out on May 21, Excuse My French contains 18-tracks with a boat load of features from some of his closest buddies in music. Will French put the magic touch on this new project? Some speculate that he can’t hold his own without accompanied features. Regardless if he does or not, French may surprise his skeptics and put out some decent work that’s worthy of a listen. We’ll see.
Peep the official tracklist below:
1. Once In a While (Feat. Max B)
2. Trap House (Feat. Birdman & Rick Ross)
3. Ain’t Worried About Nothin
4. Paranoid (Feat. C.A.S.H.)
5. When I Want
6. F**k What Happens Tonight (Feat. DJ Khaled, Mavado, Ace Hood, Snoop Dogg & Scarface)
7. Gifted (Feat. The Weeknd)
8. Ballin Out (Feat. Jeremih & Diddy)
9. I Told Em
10. Pop That (Feat. Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne)
11. Freaks (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
12. We Go Where Ever We Want (Feat. Ne-Yo & Raekwon)
13. Bust It Open
14. Drink Freely (Feat. Rico Love)
15. Throw It In the Bag (Feat. Chinx Drugz)
16. Marble Floors (Feat. Rick Ross, Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
17. Ocho Cinco (Feat. MGK, Los, Red Cafe & Diddy)
18. If I Die
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Forbes has released their list of the wealthiest hip-hop artists of 2013 and it’s no surprise as to whose at the top of the list.
Claiming this year’s number 1 spot is none other than music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs. Diddy has been going strong building his brand since the late 1990s and has managed to secure a net worth of $580 million. Even though he blazed his path through music, his other ventures such as his Sean Jean Apparel Collection and not to mention his millions of dollars deal with Ciroc, have played a major role in his financial success.
Trailing Diddy to take the number 2 spot is Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter with a net worth of $475 million. With stakes in Roc Nation, Carol’s Daughter, the Barclays Center to include the Brooklyn Nets in addition to his dealings with companies like Duracell and Budweiser, Jay-Z doesn’t seem to be slowing his paper chase down anytime soon.
Coming in third with $350 million, is the legendary Andre “Dr. Dre” Young. While his success with producing music speaks for itself, his Beats by Dr. Dre venture has a monetary voice of its own.
Cash Money’s Bryan “Birdman” Williams takes the number 4 spot with his $150 million empire. With some of today’s hottest rappers under his belt like Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj among other business ventures, Birdman’s value is sure to stay on the rise.
Closing out the list, is Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson with a cool $125 million. Along with his musical success, his ventures with SMS Audio and SK Energy, the G-Unit boss also hit a big lick with his Vitamin Water business endeavors. It’ll be interesting to see what he has up his sleeve next.
Congratulations fellas! You got to respect their grind!
French Montana is turning things up for his debut release of Excuse My French. Although it isn’t due until May 21, he’s made huge strides with a few mixtape tracks and now he’s giving us the visuals. From his Mac & Cheese 3 mixtape, the first joint is the memorable “Ocho Cinco”. The track features the Bad Boy bossman Diddy and several label signees (i.e. Red Cafe, Machine Gun Kelly, and Los). Check out the video below…
Also from the Mac & Cheese project, French Montana hit us off with a new joint, “Diamonds”. The track features Rick Ross and J. Cole. Get into it below…
It should be of no surprise that Sean Combs is AGAIN the wealthiest artist in hip hop. Ranking in at number one with a massive net worth of $550 million, P. Diddy may become hip hop’s first billionaire. He owns Bad Boy Records. He owns the Sean John clothing line. He owns restaurants (i.e. Justin’s in Atlanta). He owns several properties throughout the U. S.. He’s an actor. He’s an artist. He’s a marketing genius. Diddy’s expansive resume and portfolio is the reason why he’s the wealthiest. Plus, his stake in the Ciroc Vodka brand over the past few years has took him to new financial heights. The man is BAD!
But, all great leaders need a bit of comradery to fuel the desire to be in the top spot. According to Forbes, Diddy successors include Jay-Z (net worh: $460 million), Dr. Dre (net worth: $270 million), Birdman (net worth: $125 million), and 50 Cent (net worth: $110 million).
After making a break from Diddy, Day 26 has stayed on their grind and are making their way back with the first single from their upcoming album, A New Day. Peep the vid below as Brian, Mike, Robert and Willie bring their new single “Made Love Lately” to life!
If we hadn’t heard (and seen) Sean Combs, aka Diddy, enough throughout the years, the mogul has no plans on stopping in 2012. AdWeek’s D. M. Levine recently had a quite interesting conversation with Mr. Combs. Besides appearing in a few films and entering the tequilla market, Diddy has his sights on creating a “mousetrap” out of the Sean John/Sean Combs lifestyle experience. Could you see yourself waking up and your whole existence throughout the day encompasses Diddy?? Hmmmm, I don’t know as a woman if I could. But, I’m sure there are some die hard fans or stans that would love to “live” the Diddy-experience.
Well, check out what Diddy had to say about the mousetrap, his Sinatra-persona, ventures into film/tv and alcoholic brands, and what 2012 will bring. Here’s an excerpt of that interview:
Your new vodka ad is set to the tune of Sinatra’s “Luck Be a Lady.” How did the idea for the spot come about?
The spot that put Ciroc on the map was the first partnership we did with the Sinatra estate four years ago. I did a huge out-of-the-box buy on CNN, and I knew there would be a lot of traffic because Obama was running for president. And sales went through the roof. It was one of the most impactful ad campaigns in the spirit’s history. Also, for years, people have called me the black Sinatra. So that’s where the whole collaboration came from.
What do you think your brand stands for?
I think I stand for aspiration. [That] hard work pays off. People from all walks of life and all over the world look at me and know my humble beginnings and know that everything I’ve done has been through hard work. People respect me as a marketer and brand builder.
You’ve acted and also produced television shows. Any plans for either in the near future?
I have huge plans for both. Twelve months ago, I basically relocated to L.A. I still live in New York, but I’m bi-coastal. I have some major announcements at the top of the year on things I’m producing—an announcement that’s bigger than anyone can realize on something I’m acquiring. And also, films that I’m starring in. I’m looking forward to 2012; it’s a huge transition for me out of music onto the big screen and continuing my legacy as a producer. You know, I’m one of the most successful African-American television executive producers in history. I’ve had six shows on the air at one time. I don’t say that in a braggadocio way. But you should definitely remember this conversation and look back at it and say, “I remember he told me he was going to make some huge announcements.”
Can you give us a taste of what those announcements are going to be?
Today is about [the Ciroc ad]. The only other thing I can tell you that I am working on is I have been spending some time in Mexico learning about the art of tequila. I’m a huge tequila fan.
You’re involved in so many different things: vodka, film, TV. What’s the grand plan here?
My dream was that you would wake up in the morning, your alarm would go off, one of my records would be playing. You’d get in the shower and use my shampoo. Then you would get out and use the beauty products. You’d get dressed and put on Sean John [clothing], and then you would go to work. And after work, you would go and change into your evening wear to go out to a club or out on a date and you’d put on Sean John again, spray on another of my fragrances, stop by and have a drink of Ciroc. And then maybe take your young lady out to a movie that I was starring in.
So you want your brand to consume every point in a person’s day?
It’s “how can I follow them throughout the different steps of their day and make the day more entertaining?” But it’s not “how can I get money from them?” Then, if I market it in the right way, you know, it’s like building the right mousetrap.
Mary J Blige is bringing that My Life swag back! In her newly released single, Somebody To Love Me (Naked), Mary’s soulful words coast over hard indian-inspired beats while keeping it hip-hop with long-time friend P. Diddy and hot boy Lil Wayne.
Check out the video:
After sifting through a bevy of financial documents and obtaining the opinions of various analysts, industry insiders, attorneys, etc, Forbes magazine has compiled a short list of the wealthiest hip hop artists. From his Bad Boy Records label to Sean John clothing line, it is no surprise that Mr. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop aka Sean “P.Diddy” Combs snatched the top spot with his calculated net worth of $475 million. Let’s pop a bottle of Ciroc to that!
Coming in at number two is Mr. Carter [Jay-Z] with a whopping net worth of $450 million. What’s a $50 million difference??? If you combine Jay and Beyonce’s money, our modern day Bonnie and Clyde will knock Diddy out the park. LOL… Honestly, it is good to see hip hop cats take this business to another level. The remaining three individuals on the list has a lot to talk about too. Check out who they are:
1. Sean “P.Diddy” Combs = $475 million
2. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter = $450 million
3. Dr. Dre = $125 million
4. Baby “Birdman” Williams = $100 million
5. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson = $100 million
ABC aired the movie to an audience of over 12 million viewers this past February. The all-star cast included Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Audra McDonald, Sean Patrick Thomas and Sanaa Lathan.
Sean “Diddy” Combs, who played Walter Lee Younger, says…“I really didn’t think it could get any better,” Combs told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “First, an Emmy nomination and now a Golden Globe…this is an incredible honor. A dream come true.”
The film also received an Emmy nomination for Best Motion Picture and Phylicia Rashad earned an Emmy nod for Outstanding Lead Actress for her performance as Lena.
The 2008 Golden Globes will air January 11, 2009 at 8Pm on NBC.
Sean “P. Diddy” Combs is on a mission, a real 007 mission, to become the next James Bond. With the release of his recent “I AM KING” commercial movie for his fragrance line, it was evident that the video was inspired by the 007 series. It was on a “black Bond type tip”, says Mr. Combs.
“I know in [MI6] they have some black agents,” Diddy said at New York’s London Hotel, where he was promoting his I Am King men’s fragrance. “I know there’s some black people that can save the world. White people aren’t the only people that can save the world. My variation, I would come from the New York agency. I would actually be working with James Bond. And he would get kidnapped, and I would have to come get him and save the day. It’s a natural thing. It’s organic. I think it would be a tragedy for the next James Bond not to be black, and I think the next Superman should be black. We are like the coolest creatures on the face of the Earth.”
Not only does Mr. Combs believe he should be the next James Bond, but he also want to be the first black Superman.
Check out his explanation to MTV!
I guess anything you set your mind to, you can achieve.
“Enyce is a brand that I have always admired, and they have been a very important player in the young men’s sportswear arena for over a decade. I am really excited to bring it into our portfolio of brands that already includes Sean John and Zac Posen.….. The current economic climate may be challenging, but we believe it is also an opportunity, and we are really excited to add Enyce to our lineup.”
Yeah, the economy is challenging right now, and the Puffy’s and the Buffett’s of the world have millions and billions to ride out the financial storm if it gets worse.
Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor who has made his fortune buying stocks when he thinks they’re on sale, says he’s buying U.S. stocks, currently marked down 40%, for his personal account.
He told the world Friday in an op-ed piece in The New York Times under the headline, “Buy American. I Am.” He acknowledged that the financial world “is a mess,” and headlines are “scary” and will stay that way for a while. He said he has no idea if stocks will be higher or lower a month or a year from now.
“Bad news is an investor’s best friend,” he wrote. “It lets you buy a slice of America’s future at a marked-down price.”
Read Buffet’s article in it entirety here.
So, is this the market for investing? Apparently so, if you have the STACKS!
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A real-life mermaid sued Sean “P. Diddy” Combs for $3 million!! No, we’re kidding. LOL
But a real woman did have a $3 million suit against Diddy and Vibe magazine.
Maria Dominguez, 28, claimed in court that her privacy rights were violated when her picture was printed in Vibe’s November 2006 issue. The picture taken at a Diddy party back in 2003, showed her and two other women in a pool with mermaid costumes on. Of course, mermaid’s go “topless”. So Vibe played off of that and ran the picture in the magazine with the title “Mermaids Gone Wild”. Of which, Dominguez says she didn’t permit photographers to take the picture nor gave Vibe permission to use it in their publication.
Although Dominguez says she has suffered mental anguish and a tarnished reputation, attorneys for Diddy argued that “If you go to a party that has great public interest, and you see many, many photographers there taking many, many pictures – and you’re scantily clad – odds are your picture will be taken.”
Dominguez’s case held no merit and was thrown out by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan. (Source)
Becoming a celebrity does not mean that you were “born” into it. For many entertainers, it took a lot of focus and ambition to make it to where they are now financially. From working at fast-food restaurants to growing up in poverty stricken areas, some celebrities come from meager beginnings that in turn have helped propel them to a place where now the skies the limit.
Forbes.com ran an article discussing the trials and triumphs of celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, and actor Jim Carey. The article gave readers insight as to what these people endured as kids and how they overcame their upbringing to become the highest paid celebrities in entertainment.
Check out the video snippet below:
Forbes TV Network: Video
For the aspiring entertainers who dream of becoming rich and famous, remember to don’t give up. At times things will seem unbearable, but keep believing in your talents and know that you too can become as rich as Oprah!
Looks like even Diddy is feeling the effects of our awful economy and high gas prices. He has stopped “jet-setting” and is now flying COACH!
*Warning: This video contains some explicit language.
In the 7th edition of the Diddy blog, Diddy and Lil Wayne share secrets to success in entertainment.
With the recent platinum plus selling album THE CARTER III by Lil Wayne, P. Diddy voiced his opinion and confirms that the rap game has definitely changed. In the video, Diddy calls out several of his “greatest mc’s” and warns other rappers in the industry to step up their skill level.