by Dirty Money: This video premiered when I was in Philly last week and I didn’t get a chance to watch until I got back. Yall know I love me some Diddy, but I’m still confused on Dirty Money as a whole. If Diddy and Dawn from Danity Kane wanted to make a group, that’s all that needed to happen. Or if Diddy wanted to have Dawn solo, I could have understood that too. I’m trying to figure out the purpose of the third member – Kalenna. She needs to be told three’s a crowd…boo!
Anyways, this song is a straight club banger. Definitely won’t be listening to it past August, but we can enjoy it now. The video is hot too. There are a lot of bells and whistles with a helicopter and Diddy driving around in a banging Bugatti. I’m happy to see T.I. back in the scene because without him and Ricky Ross on the track, it would be straight whack! I hope Dirty Money’s album, Last Train to Paris, which is set to release on June 29 has a good mix of tracks besides this and Love Come Down. If not, my suggestion is that the train doesn’t leave the station and try to make it to no where!
I have seen Diddy lend his vocals to his artists’ tracks, with the most recent being Day 26’s Imma a Put it On Her. I previously posted this song, but now that the video has premiered that features a remix, I want to share my opinion of Diddy’s singing. Or, should I say his attempt to sing/rap/perform. Years ago, when Diddy was alongside Biggie and Mase, Diddy could rap and he presented himself as a somewhat talented artist. Now…not so much! It seems like he did a complete 360 and not in a good way. I consider myself a Diddy fan, his number one supporter, and I will always respect his hustle. However, I can not deny that Diddy was a better performer during his early career. I would like for you to watch these two videos to compare his performances and listen closely to his lyrics. In the most recent, it sounds as though he hesitates in a search to find the beat. I’m starting to think that Puffy/Puff Daddy may have taken the lead as performer while P. Diddy/Diddy wins the title of businessman. You be the judge!
I LOVE THURSDAYS! All of my shows have ended for the season and Making the Band is the only show left! In anticipation for the show, I only listened to two songs today at work and they were both by Day 26. S-O-G-double-O-D is that jam and I figured Willie must have won the battle with Que to record more slow jams. However, So Goodis not the first single. Imma Put It On Her is the first single and it appears that Que may have won the battle to record a few fast tracks. When I first heard Imma Put It On Her as the new intro to MTB, I was not really feeling the track. But now, I realize that I was so wrong! The track is hot! I definitely prefer the original version, as Jeezy and Diddy did not have to get on the track to make me like it. Actually, their remix version is horrible! I’m sure you will agree.
Oh, and did you watch tonight’s episode of MTB? If you watched and saw Dawn and Que walking with someone after Que found out his mom was coming to visit, that’s LUAM!!! You know…the choreographer whose videos I feature on 6iv because I believe she is the best dancer out there! **A new video from Luam will be posted tomorrow** I assume Que is taking dance lessons from her. Good move Que. Right now I can only wish I can take lessons from her…One day I will.
I know I can’t be the only one still in awe about Danity Kane breaking up. They are one of the few groups that were created on television that made it! More importantly, they were one of VERY few groups that were created on television that had great tunes. Both albums, Danity Kane and Welcome to the Dollhouse, went platinum and the group was continuously successful. I know Diddy was hurtin by the outcome of the group’s breakup and he let them know who was BOSS – not Rick Ross! He let all their success come to an end quick! In my opinion, Aubrey ruined it for everyone! This chick has posed for Playboy and Diddy peeped her intentions from the start. Everybody thought Mr. Combs was being mean and pointing fingers at Aubrey. Yea, he was. But that is only because she deserved it. This post isn’t to put Aubrey on blast, but to remind everyone to watch Making the Band on Thursdays @ 9pm as this is the last chance to see the remaining group members together as Diddy dismantles the group. Danity Kane was a great first album and Welcome to the Dollhouse accurately displayed the group’s maturity into an older sound. I was looking forward to a third album and I am hurt that the album will never come to form What are the girls of Danity Kane going to do now that they aren’t members of the group? Aubrey is in Playboy and Dawn is rumored to be signed as a solo artist. What about the rest???
Today marks a sad day in history. Well it was a glorious day because Barack had his first interview on 60 Minutes after being nominated President-elect. However, today was the finale of TRL. When I interned at MTV last summer, the rumor that the show was near its end date was buzzing around the offices, but I never thought the rumor was true. From running home after school to watching the top ten countdown during the summer, I grew up watching the show. I think TRL helped foster my love for music. All the hottest videos premiered on TRL before I saw them anywhere else.I would tape all of *N Sync and Britney Spear’s videos and learn the dances. I would also record videos and memorize the lyrics – clearly this was before lyric websites were established. As a child, I wanted to be VJ! That was the hottest job on the streets! If anybody asked me today, “If you could have one job in the world what would it be?” My response will continue to be, “A MTV VJ.”
I’m glad Carson Daly came back to host the finale. I will be completely honest and voice my opinion that TRL went downhill after Damien took Carson’s place. There are a lot of other celebrities that stopped by to participate in what a few have called “a high school reunion” as numerous young artists’ careers flourished after being on TRL. The show was opened by Beyonce and included performances by Fall Out Boy, Ludacris, Snoop, and Nelly, as well as appearances by Diddy, Kid Rock, Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, and the list goes on and on. Then, there were so many people outside, the streets looked like NYC on New Years Eve. The show will definitely be missed
If you didn’t get the opportunity to watch the finale, I suggest watching MTV over the next few days. You KNOW they will repeat this about 4 times over the time period.
by The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Diddy and Lil’ Kim: I saw a commercial a few days ago for a biographical movie, Notorious, that will come out in 2009. After reading about 2Pac and his murder yesterday, I became extremely intrigued with the “lack of evidence” to find Tupac’s or Biggie’s assassin(s). I’m a CSI and Law and Order fan and these two cases extremely interest me. I know there was a book, LAbyrinth, written that compiles evidence of an LAPD detective on both murders. Might have to add that to my list of literature to read!… Back to the music, this song must be the lead on the soundtrack because I heard it in the trailer. The track will take you back to the mid/late 90s when everyone was jamming to Juicy and Hypnotize. Thinking back, Biggie’s second album was titled Life After Death and was released just 16 days after he died. Sadly, it was as though he knew he was going to die. Like he knew somebody in his camp set him up and he was just waiting for the day. Fast forward to 2008. Do you hear Jay-Z or Lil Wayne talking about themselves dying? NO! If you think about it, A LOT of “rappers” would not have made it if Biggie and Pac were still alive . I get chills just thinking about it…This is some scary sh*t!?!
by Janelle Monáe: I was reminded of this extremely talented artist last night when I watched I Want to Work for Diddy finale. I previously heard her name, but never heard anything else about her or heard any of her music. Something caught my eye about her last night…not that she is a beautiful Black woman nor that she is on Diddy’s label nor that she wears a stylish sophisticated mohawk, but that she wears black and white oxford saddle shoes. I LOVE the shoes! Like, I want to go get some. I vaguely remember wearing some as a child, and I want some now! Trying to gain more knowledge about Janelle, I saw this recently released video and I LOVE this too! She has a unique magnetic attraction that will draw in all races and all types of music lovers. I view her as a young, female version of Andre 3k. Check out the video and watch for the moonwalk. She also does it moving forward (4:12)! Diddy struck gold with this one!