It’s tough being a Black man in Hollywood, even if your name is Sean “Diddy” Combs. Actually, in this case it’s a Black man’s pricey car and its occupants that go through the struggle.
Diddy caused a big commotion outside the most swanky place in L.A. today … well, it was actually Diddy’s car that triggered a guns-drawn response by L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies. We’ve learned Diddy had just been dropped off at the Soho House … an ultra-exclusive, private club in West Hollywood. Diddy’s bodyguard and another person drove Diddy’s $500,000 Maybach away from Soho, but they didn’t get far. We’re told someone called 911 and said someone inside the Maybach had a gun. At least 9 squad cars roared to the scene. Cops pulled their guns and ordered the occupants of the Maybach out of the car and made them lie prone on the ground, until they discovered there weren’t any guns. The street was closed down temporarily until deputies gave the all-clear.
Former Bad Boy Records girl group Danity Kane is planning a reunion. The group was famously created by labelhead Sean “Diddy” Combs during the third season of MTV’s popular “Making the Band” reality series back in 2005. The group became an instant pop success, but disbanded in 2009, with Dawn Richard joining Diddy as a member of his Diddy-Dirty Money trio for 2010′s Last Train To Paris. The group wants to reunite, and TMZ reports that four of the founding members met with a new manager. D. Woods was not involved. And according to group members, Diddy won’t be involved, either.
Miami bass legend Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell is still steaming over the fact that French Montana sampled his early 1990s hit “I Wanna Rock” for his hit track “Pop That.” Despite not owning the rights to “I Wanna Rock,” Luke says he was offended by the way Diddy handled the situation.
“Ok, let me tell you how it all went off. In the beginning Puffy told me to come to do a video shoot in Miami on Memorial Day last year,” Luke said in an interview with Hot 97. “I asked, ‘What video shoot, to what song?,’ because I work with a lot of kids. They never told me the name of the song nor did they ever send me a copy of the song. So they were basically trying to set me up to be a part of a video shoot to a song that had me appearing on it. Second of all, these guys had press conferences – this stuff is all online – and this guy is sitting here saying, ‘Hey I just did a song with Uncle Luke and all these other guys on the song.’ So we’re seeing this information online and seeing all the press conferences, and I’m thinking like, ‘What song did I do with this guy? I really don’t even know the guy.’ So they did the video and that’s why I didn’t appear in the video, because I wasn’t going to appear in anything I didn’t hear or know anything about.”
French Montana has expectations of himself but also knows his limitations. Rather than set a high standard for himself, he is well aware of how he’s found success. Montana has no problem boasting about how great his Excuse My French debut will be but went a step further in stating what we already know. “Obviously I don’t be trying to get lyrical,” he told ExclusiveZone.net. “It’s not a secret.” Since he’s not hung up on content, the Coke Boy’s hitmaking process is pretty simple. “I just make music out of love and feeling. I wake up feeling f—ed up, I make a f—ed up song.” So far Montana’s method has been pretty successful. He’s jumped on numerous hits singles in the last year, and earned his own gold plague for “Pop That.” His highly anticipated debut is set to drop May 21 and will feature appearance from the likes of Rick Ross, Diddy, Reakwon, Birdman, and Ace Hood.
Diddy might want to go check on his young twin daughters. A new lawsuit is alleging Diddy’s baby momma Kim Porter is an unfit mother and does drugs in front of her children. Kim Porter’s former nanny Dawn Drago between 2011 and 2012. Drago alleges Porter was verbally and physically abusive towards her during her time of employment. It’s also being said that Kim Porter has a penchant for using drugs out in the open with no shame or remorse. Kim Porter supposedly would smoke weed as if she were a character straight out of the stoner comedy “Friday.” Dawn Drago also alleges that weed wasn’t the only substance Kim Porter abused. According to Drago, Porter enjoys indulging in a little bit of nose candy aka cocaine. Drago says Porter kepot so much nose candy around that the young twins got into “a bag containing the powder, along with clear capsules, filled with another powdery substance in a bag in the back seat.” Once Drago said something to Porter about the incident, Porter claimed that the bag contained her “medicine.” Dawn Drago says she was fired after she continuously complained about the overwhelming smell of weed and is suing for unspecified damages. As of now, neither Diddy or Kim Porter have made any comment or responded to the lawsuit ion court.
Once again, Sean Combs reigns supreme as Forbes wealthiest hip hop mogul with an estimated $580 million net worth.
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2. Jay-Z – $475 million
3. Dr. Dre – $350 million
4. Birdman – $150 million
5. 50 Cent – $125 million
Jay-Z has beaten out the Notorious B.I.G. for Time Out New York’s ”50 Greatest NYC Hip-Hop Artists” list. Hovito won the honor thanks to his genre-bending collaborations, and for being the best at enduring “the day-in, day-out shift of the modern rap era.” According to their website, Jay “filled the void created with Christopher Wallace’s death with gold-standard-setting LPs like 1998′s Vol. 2 … Hard Knock Life, 1999′s Vol 3… Life and Times of S. Carter and 2001′s The Blueprint.” The list features a host of old school rap figures like Kool Herc (No. 47), Digable Planets (No. 36), and Big Daddy Kane (No. 11), plus the newbies, including Nicki Minaj (No. 35) and A$AP Rocky (No. 39). Rakim’s lyrical expertise helped him crack the Top 15, and Sean “Diddy” Combs landed at No. 7. “Combs made his greatest impact on hip-hop with his entrepreneurial skill as the magnate behind Bad Boy,” the story reads. “The template for every would-be empire builder who followed in his wake (not to mention the master of the original Harlem Shake).”
As expected, the list is causing controversy among readers. “While lists are ALWAYS subjective, and NO list can or should be argued, it’s pretty clear that this list is more arbitrary than carefully constructed,” commented one reader. “It’s a great list that pays tribute to a great history of artistry from our area, but it is not fully accurate, nor properly indicative of a true hierarchy, and should not have been presented as such.” Another person debated Jay-Z’s placement.”This is what happens when people who don’t understand real rap and just look at charts and sales do ‘rap’ list they pick the most popular person,” the reader wrote. “Nas is No.1 and Big is No. 2 Jay-z is third at best knock it off.” Making the process interactive, TONY allowed select rappers to nominate their favorite MCs, and encourages readers to share their thoughts via their Twitter page.